Yesterday (15th November), Greater Manchester Building Preservation Trust hosted the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) NW annual general meeting at Long Street Methodist, the Arts & Crafts Church of Middleton, Manchester. This has recently been restored via a generous Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Project architect, Lisa Mcfarlane of Seven Architecture, and myself led the afternoon event and there was a large turnout of around 40 members. We began with a talk about, Edgar Wood, the Arts & Crafts modernist who built the church in 1899, followed by a tour of the famous Middleton Golden Cluster of heritage buildings. Continue reading “IHBC NW 2018 AGM – Middleton, Manchester”
Armistice: two men separated by four years of war and a few yards of turf
Photo: © Copyright K A and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence.
I can still vividly remember the ‘hanging chads’ of the 2000 US Presidential election and with them the hopes of tackling Global Warming through the election Al Gore as president. Unfortunately, the chads favoured George Bush, and I felt a great sense of anguish as the opportunity to seriously tackle climate change slipped away.
We may think the present snow is pretty bad but this photograph of Belthorn, Oswaldtwistle from Blackburn Museum’s Talbot Archive shows a much worse situation in 1958!
It’s a privilege to be working alongside The Prince’s Trust on a project to redecorate St. Oswald’s Community Hall, Knuzden, Blackburn. The team of volunteers comprises both young people and seasoned professionals. There is a distinctly positive air and a great enthusiasm for working through the issues and tackling the jobs from prep. to paint.
The Crescent, East Harling – experimental clay lump council housing of 1919-20 built for Norfolk County Council, designed by George J Skipper https://t.co/oHD7akX2Cp
The Crescent, East Harling – experimental clay lump council housing of 1919-20 built for Norfolk County Council, designed by George J Skipper pic.twitter.com/oHD7akX2Cp
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The last day of 2017 and here is a lovely shot of a rather green St. Oswald’s Church in Knuzden Brook village, Oswaldtwistle. The 1870s Victorian church is located near an ancient salt-way where King Oswald of Northumbria and his army passed on their way to the nearby Roman road from Ribchester. It was the route south which eventually took them to Oswestry, Shropshire and the fateful Battle of Maserfield of 642.