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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.

MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE can clearly be seen from the roof of the MANCAT building Moston. Landmarks include the CIS tower on the left, the Royal Exchange clock tower in the lower centre and the stepped outline of No1 Deansgate on the right.

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

WOODS in Tandle Hill Country Park are taking on the colours of autumn. At the top of the trees the leaves have turned brown while on the lower part of the canopy they're still green. Fallen leaves are strewn over the floor of the woods.

Town/area: Royton
Local authority: Oldham MBC
Ancient county: Lancashire*
Date of Capture: 17 October 2003

YELLOW-BROWN leaves on the trees add a splash of autumnal colour to Cooper Street, Springhead. The terraced houses built in grey stone on a sloping street are typical of the picturesque district of Saddleworth 10 miles (14km) north west of Manchester.

Town/area: Springhead, Saddleworth
Local authority: Oldham MBC
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ounty: Yorkshire* (West Riding)
Date of Capture: 2 November2003

A TREE WITH BROWN LEAVES stands on Moston Lane in north Manchester. The flats in Higher Blackley are visible across an empty former industrial site with a rusty green gate on the right.

Town/area: Moston/Blackley
Local authority: City of Manchester
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ounty: Lancashire*
Date of Capture: 26 October 2003

A TREE WITH YELLOW-BROWN leaves stands in Phillips Park, near the Manchester Commonwealth Games site. The flats in Clayton can be seen on the left with the disused railway viaduct bordering the park on the right. Power lines pass overhead leading from the substation next to the former Philips Park power station site, now occupied by the Velodrome.

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

THE SNAKE PASS is lined with trees planted by the Forestry Commission. Here in Snake Woodland the trees are coloured in various shades from green to brown. Further up, the hillside is shrouded in mist.

Town/area: Snake Pass
Local authority: High Peak
Ancient county: Derbyshire
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 lost county boundaries is the subject of an upcoming article in Eyewitness in Manchester.

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