#608 – Lancashire Rural Industry 2 – Hill Top Colliery

I’ve written before about Lancashire’s coalfield so my few regular readers will have to excuse the brief recap. While not as big or as long lasting as Yorkshire’s or Nottinghamshire’s, it was certainly one of the main mining areas earlier in the 20th century and extraction was concentrated around south Lancashire in a belt that…

#607 – Lancashire Rural Industry 1 – Cheesden Lumb Mill

This mill had been on my list of places to look at for many years, but it’s one of those places that is not going to be demolished (although it could just fall down of it’s own volition, I suppose) so has never been a priority to visit. This is another one of those long…

#606 – An updated typology

My last update to the typology was a 3×3 grid as can be seen in this post back in April, or if you can’t be bothered reading that, see below for just the picture. I’ve decided to go with a three row format which means that the total number of images must be divisible by…

#605 – Woodhorn Colliery

One of my current long term projects is photographing the remaining mining headgear / headstocks in the UK, and displaying these in a ‘typlogy’ format à la Bernd and Hilla Becher. I’d only managed to visit two sites this year – the unusual clad structure at Meadowbank Mine in Winsford, and the two at Snibston…

#603 – Meadowbank Salt Mine – Part 3

In comparison to the rest of the headstocks I’ve photographed, Meadowbank mine is frankly weird looking. Of course, these are functional structures designed by an engineer to fulfil a purpose and without a thought to aesthetics. But this one…….it looks like someone is trying to hide or disguise it with all that cladding, like the…

#602 – Meadowbank Salt Mine – Part 2

The mine is unusually long and thin, with not much surface infrastructure compared with a coal mine. That said, there is no need for a washery, and there is crushing machinery underground, so all that is on the surface is a long conveyor that takes the salt to a storage building where it is then…

#601 – Meadowbank Salt Mine – Part 1

I’ve known about Cheshire’s salt mines for years, but never got round to finding out more about them until recently. There’s only one left, but it’s routinely in the news in winter as it supplies the majority of the salt spread on Britain’s road (as well as 57% of the table salt you put in…

#600 – The Art of the Panorama Part 4 – Scunthorpe

A panorama crop is ideal here – the scale of the place lends itself well to a wider aspect ratio, but join up panoramas are impossible due to being on a moving train! I must admit that I didn’t take many of these with a panorama in mind, but some just suited a panoramic crop….

#599 – The Art of the Panorama Part 3 – Mills and Mining

Unlike the steel industry with its vast landscapes, the mills and mines I’ve photographed are for the most part more compact, more upright. At one time when the cotton mills were the dominant features of the urban landscape of the northern mill town, it was possible to make panoramas of these dozens of mills and…