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EWM: Autumn leaves to the south of Manchester, Cheshire and beyond

HULLARD PARK off Stretford Road is bordered to the south by Park Avenue and to the west by Northumberland Road. We are looking along the green-painted railings towards the junction of the road, which is, overlooked by a row of late 19th century red brick terraced houses.

Town/area: Stretford
Local authority: Metropolitan Borough of Trafford
Ancient county: Lancashire*
Date of Capture: 27 November 2001

VERNON PARK MUSEUM in Vernon Park Stockport stands on the edge of the park. The brick colour blends will with the late November autumn scene.

Town/area: Stockport
Local authority: Metropolitan Borough of Stockport
Ancient County: Cheshire*
Date of Capture: 27 November 2001

BIDDULPH GRANGE GARDEN was created in the 19th century by Manchester-based industrialist James Bateman. The National Trust have done an extraordinary job in restoring it to its original glory after many years of neglect and dereliction. This enchanting place is located around 35 miles (60km) south of Manchester off the A34.

Town/area: Biddulph
Local authority: City of Stoke-on-Trent
Ancient county: Staffordshire
*
Date of Capture: 27 October 2003

THE VIEW EAST from Stormy Point is magnificent, though only a few of the trees on Alderley Edge have started to turn brown. A layer of mist appears like an extra line of hills above the Pennines.

Town/area: Alderley Edge:
Local authority: Borough of Macclesfield
Ancient County (also 1974 administrative county): Cheshire
Date of Capture: 18 October 2003

AUTUMNAL COLOURS still dominate this wooded scene on Alderley Edge, though it's now just two days before Christmas Day, and all the leaves have fallen from the trees. In just a few months new leaves will start to sprout from the branches, continuing the perpetual cycle of the seasons.

Town/area: Alderley Edge
Local authority: Borough of Macclesfield
Ancient County (also 1974 administrative county): Cheshire
Date of Capture: 18 October 2003

*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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