#516 – Hotspur Press

Medlock Mill, aka Hotspur Press has been on my radar for some time but has never been a priority and I always forget to take a look when I’m in Manchester. I finally remembered when I was in the area but only had my IPhone and not much time, so it’s another one to add…

#515 – Cononley Lead Mine 2

A spot of history – the mineral rights to the area were owned by the Duke of Devonshire, and to develop the mine he brought in the famous Cornish mining engineer John Taylor which would doubtless explain the Cornish style design. The engine house is thought to date from about 1840, and housed a beam…

#514 – Cononley Lead Mine 1

The tin mines of Cornwall, or more specifically the beam engine houses are a unique site around the county. The high walled engine houses and the tall chimneys were some of the first mechanised deep mines in the country and a site unique to the south west. Or so I thought……. I was researching mining…

#513 – Abandoned Scammell Routeman

When I was a kid, I had a thing about trucks (lorries). I had loads of Corgi and Matchbox’s plus a few of the last Dinky toys made before they closed in the late 70’s. I could name every type of truck out there and during summer holidays would go on road trips with my…

#512 – Professional Image Maker Article

It’s been a busy month for me, so this is a little late, but this month I’ve had the privilege of having a 12 page feature in Professional Image Maker magazine, the journal of the SWPP. I think the last time I had my work featured was in Amateur Photographer, not that I’ve transitioned from…

#511 – Pincroft Dyers

Lancashire 1938? No, 2018. It looks like polluting black smoke emerging from the chimney, but it’s actually just steam, the vignette I’ve applied has had the effect of darkening the vapour. This is Pincroft Dyers is one of the few remains of  Lancashire’s once dominant textile industry. I spoke to one of the shift managers…

#510 – 500 Post Retrospective – Even More Railways

Peak Rail – a rather short line currently at 3 miles, but with the potential to be a much longer and more interesting line if they can expand up to and beyond Bakewell. This 2-8-0 was based there for a while and was a very big engine in service on the day of the opening…

#509 – 500 Post Retrospective – More Railways

More from the East Lancs Railway, this time they are all from the works and yard at Buckley Wells in Bury. It’s not normally accessible unless you work there, but is sometimes open for group visits or for photographic night shoots which is where all these were taken. 60163 Tornado, 24th October 2010 70013 Oliver…

#508 – 500 Post Retrospective – Railways

I don’t do as much railway photography as I used to (or would like to) due to other priorities, but this and the next couple of posts are a selection from the past ten years. Today’s were all taken on the East Lancs Railway – it maybe not one of the bigger or more prestigious heritage…

#507 – 500 Post Retrospective – Slate

I’ve only visited two slate quarries (Dinorwic and Pen-yr Orsedd) but every time I visit North Wales I am reminded of the physical impact this industry had on the landscape. Although some slate quarrying continues, it is on a much smaller scale than in days gone by, largely due to the building industry’s preference for…