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Whether you call it 'autumn' or 'the fall', the months leading into winter are a spectacular time of year. Here I present a sample of autumn scenes captured whilst walking and driving through the Manchester area and beyond. I've included details of counties and local authorities, a theme I'll be highlighting in more detail soon.

PORTLAND TOWER with its yellow-painted side wall rises up above autumn-coloured trees on Canal Street. High above the city a plane makes its way towards Manchester Airport.

Town/area: Manchester
Local authority: City of Manchester
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ounty: Lancashire*
Date of Capture: 2 November 2003

THE WHITWORTH ART GALLERY on Oxford Road is built in red brick of a shade which matches the fallen leaves. We are looking through the wire mesh fence at the corner of Whitworth Park.

Town/area: Manchester
Local authority: City of Manchester
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ounty: Lancashire*
Date of Capture: 27 October 2003

HEATON HALL and park are in 2003 undergoing major renovation work funded by Manchester City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Almost every part of the park will be transformed and renovated, including the gardens which will be restored to their original layout. By Summer 2004 this scene will look very different.

EWM says: It's great to see this jewel of Manchester finally being restored. Revisit these pages next year to see how it looks when finished.

Town/area: Between Blackley and Prestwich (Bury MBC)
Local authority: City of Manchester
Ancient county: Lancashire
Date of Capture: 11 November 2003

WOODLAND on the edge of Blackley New Road near the River Irk is coloured a fiery brown that appears almost as bright as the fires raging in the forests of southern California. Not far from here is the appropriately named Woldlands Road Station, now on the Metrolink tram network.

Town/area: Blackley
Local authority: City of Manchester
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ounty: Lancashire
Date of Capture: 11 November2003

QUEENS PARK Collyhurst is almost deserted apart from a lone walker in a red jacket. Most of the trees are now bare, apart from this one with bright yellow leaves which have started to fall.

Town/area: Collyhurst
Local authority: City of Manchester
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ounty: Lancashire*
Date of Capture: 11 November 2003

WYTHENSHAWE PARK, despite dull skies and heavy rain, remains brightly coloured with multiple shades of green and brown. Just through the gap in the trees can be seen part of Wythenshawe Hall.

Town/area: Wythenshawe
Local authority: City of Manchester
Ancient county: Cheshire*
Date of Capture: 17 October 2003

WYTHENSHAWE PARK is coloured in nature's attractive palette of greens and browns, even in heavy rain. We are looking east across the northern part of the park. The north Cheshire estate with its park and medieval hall was sold to Manchester City Council in the 1920s to provide land for Europe's largest overspill housing estate.

Town/area: Wythenshawe
Local authority: City of Manchester
Ancient county: Cheshire*
Date of Capture: 15 October 2001

*The ancient or historic counties survived more or less intact from around the 11th century until 1974 when they were partially displaced and obscured by the imposition of new local government boundaries. The issue of our lost county boundaries is the subject of an upcoming article in Eyewitness in Manchester.

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