Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Perambulating Pole Bank's Paths

At the entrance to Pole Bank on Stockport Road, a new pathway has recently been created on the left so that pedestrians heading towards the pond can avoid the traffic on the road.

Pole Bank was originally the home of the Ashton and Beeley famiies. Thomas Kerfoot rented the property from 1912-19.

The Grade II listed hall is now a care home, run since 1998 by the Laurel Bank Care group.

The hall and grounds were purchased in 1920 by George Frederick Byrom for £4200. He died in 1942 and in 1946 in accordance with his will Pole Bank Hall and Grounds were bequeathed to the Corporation of Hyde for the use and recreation of the general public.

The pool was dredged in 2010. Although it is currently covered in duckweed it doesn't seem to be bothering the ducks too much. At the last count there were some seventeen mallards loving the water.

Silt and mud from the dredging were dumped on this meadow and it is only now beginning to recover.

The grounds are in part maintained by a volunteer group, Friends of Pole Park - see their facebook page for news.

View a video of Pole Bank Hall onYouTube.

See two more photos of the ground on Hyde Daily Photo and on sithenah.

A contribution to
ABC Wednesday;
Water World Wednesday;
signs, signs.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

View through Barbed Wire

Earier this month I showed some photos of the demolition of the dye works viewed from across the other side of the motorway.

Since then I've been round to the other side of the site. This is the closest I could get without trespassing.

A photograph of the wider demolition site from the Clarendon viaduct can be seen on Hyde Daily Photo.

A contribution to Rubbish Tuesday and Good Fences.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Liberace's Gold Cadillac JAZZ 1

This was one of the vehicles on show at the classic car rally held recently at Ewen Fields in aid of SSAFA a charity that provides practical support and assistance to servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

The 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Drop Head Coupé features 23.75ct gold leaf-clad bodywork, silver external door handles and 24ct gold-plated internal door handles. These embellishments were added during a lavish, three-year project carried out in the 1970s by the then-owner, Jack Smith of Kansas, USA. The gold leaf coachwork is offset by white leather upholstery. The gear lever top used to be gem-studded platinum. Under the bonnet is a 5.7-litre V8 engine, mated to a three-speed manual transmission.

According to a news report in The Telegraph it failed to attract a buyer when put up for auction in September 2013. It now appears to belong to "Mike & Shaun's classics".

A photograph from the front can be found on Hyde Daily Photo.

A contribution to Monday Mellow Yellows.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Painted details of Milepost at Swains Valley

I showed you some details the Sustrans milepost at Swains Valley shortly after it was erected in May 2014.

This is how it looks now that it has been painted.

1000 Millennium cast iron mileposts were funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland to mark the creation of the National Cycle Network, and are found along the cycle routes through the UK.

There are four different types of posts, "Fossil Tree" by John Mills, "The Cockerel" by Iain McColl, Rowe Type by Andrew Rowe, and "Tracks" by David Dudgeon. The four artists are from each country of the UK though all posts can be found in all four countries.

For a full view of the milepost see Hyde Daily Photo.

A contribution to signs, signs.
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