OF PHOTOGRAPHS taken while out and about in Manchester...
THE END OF THE ROAD for the gasometer at Bradford, in April
2000 being dismantled, and seen here from Cambrian St and
Upper Helena Street, off Ashton New Road.
became widely used in the early 19th century, and provided
heat, light and power for homes, factories, and hospitals.
In the 1960's natural gas replaced coal gas and equipment
was converted for the lighter, odourless methane gas from
under the North Sea. Many facilities designed for coal gas
continued to be used for natural gas.
privatisation of utilities including water and gas, a company
called Transco took over responsibility for piping and processing
gas. In the late 1990's they decided to remove many of the
old gasometers and gas cylinders, once an dismal, but familiar
and atmospheric feature of British townscapes.
reason to demolish this huge cylindrical structure is the
close proximity of the Commonwealth Games site, which is just
across the railway tracks from here.
HOLE CLOUGH is a large, densely wooded park just three miles
north of Manchester city centre.
a stream flows through a wooded hollow - it's April, so the
trees are still mostly without leaves, though greenery is
just starting to appear.
is sadly under-used, poorly maintained and in places, strewn
with rubbish. Once a team of 20 or more gardeners took care
of Boggart Hole Clough but in the 1980's staff levels were
cut to one or two men.
to the Commonwealth Games, and maybe Lottery funding, Boggart
Hole Clough will be restored. The sports centre is to be used
for the 2002 Games. Hopefully more local people will visit,
enjoying a facility that people in crowded cities such as
Tokyo and Bangkok can only dream about.
HOLE CLOUGH contains many beautiful flowers, including those
planted by gardeners - the tulips on the left provide a welcome
splash of colour next to the car park. There are also many
wild flowers and spring blossoms.
April and May, many grassy areas are speckled with yellow
daisies, like the one on the left.
are laden with flowers whose delicate petals will soon fall
to the ground, like a spring snow storm.
EXPECT A PARK NAMED Boggart Hole Clough to be a bit spooky
- The word "Boggart" is related to "bogle"
or "bogey man" - meaning an evil spirit, goblin
or even The Devil himself.
the car park on Charlestown Road is a tree trunk shaped like
a boar's head - a man walking his dog drew my attention to
it. "If you want to take a picture of something unusual,
have a look at this..."
trees splayed out like fingers against the leaden north Manchester
sky are pretty spooky as well.
if the Boggart roams through the woods and glades at night,
surveying his domain... I think I'd rather not find out!
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