Ordnance Survey Road maps… they’re back!

Have you been into W. H. Smiths recently? Popping into my local Blackburn branch, it was nice to see a new Ordnance Survey display, especially because it contained the regional road maps which were discontinued over seven years ago. There was also the classic route planner map for Great Britain, and specialist interest maps like Roman and Ancient Britain – all with new attractive covers and styling.

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Cannon Street Baptist Church & School, Accrington – George Baines, architect

Cannon Street Baptist Church (1874, listed grade II) is a large but compact building which shoots skyward from Accrington’s tightly drawn streetscape. Its tower and spire are set into the corner of the fa├žade just yards from the street, which gives it great visual impact.

Altogether, it makes for an unusual Baptist Church of the 1870s, a time when the classical was still the ‘go-to’ style. Its predecessor, a Regency chapel rather like a large house, still exists on Blackburn Road adjacent the railway. It is also listed grade II and both are buildings at risk. Continue reading “Cannon Street Baptist Church & School, Accrington – George Baines, architect”

Church Kirk, Lancashire

The ancient church of St. James is believed to be founded on the site of King Oswald’s encampment in 642 on his way to Oswestry and martyrdom at the Battle of Maserfield. The church sits in a sub oval Saxon enclosure and combines a medieval tower with a Georgian nave and a Victorian chancel. It is now redundant and at risk.

Newel post in former Accrington Bank

This lovely newel post is in Accrington’s very first bank, the 1858 Manchester & Liverpool Bank, Eagle Street, which I am presently studying. It led to the bank clerk quarters above the banking hall. I love the simple flower motif, something which looks forward a couple of decades to the Arts & Crafts Movement of the 1890s.