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SNOW IN AND AROUND MANCHESTER January 2004

THE CLOUD is a hill which dominates the east of Cheshire. Here it rises up above over snow-covered fields and trees south west of Macclesfield. The Cloud is about 30 miles (48km) south east of Manchester. (Photo taken 31 Dec 2001)

Town/area: Marton
Local authority: Borough of Macclesfield
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ounty: Cheshire

SNOW driven by a strong blizzard clings to the phone box on Werneth Low, creating an intriguing 'inverse shadow' effect.

Town/area: Werneth Low
Local authority: Borough of Tameside
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ounty: Cheshire

TREES are given a surreal quality by the blizzard which has caused snow to stick to the trunks and branches. We are in the car park of the Hare and Hounds pub on Werneth Low, approximately 8 miles (13km) south east of Manchester city centre.

Town/area: Werneth Low
Local authority: Borough of Tameside

Ancient county: Cheshire

THE VIEW over this gate on Werneth Low near the Hare and Hounds pub is usually a panorama of the Manchester conurbation but right now visibility is down to about 10 feet (3m) due to a strong blizzard coming up the hill.

Town/area: Werneth Low
Local authority: Tameside MBC
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ounty: Cheshire

HOUSES on Werneth Low at the top of Joel Lane overlooking the junction of Higham Road and Werneth Low Rd are given a picture postcard quality by the heavy snow.

Town/area: Werneth Low
Local authority: Tameside MBC

Ancient county: Cheshire

KNOTT LANE below Werneth Low is covered in a fine dusting of snow. The road is lined by trees and 1930's semis.

Town/area: Gee Cross
Local authority: Tameside MBC

Ancient county: Cheshire

STOCKPORT ROAD, the A560, at Gee Cross has a wintry look. The row of late 19th century brick terraced houses sweeps down the hill towards Bredbury. The roofs of the houses and the parked cars are covered in snow.

Town/area: Gee Cross
Local authority: Tameside MBC

Ancient county: Cheshire

A TRAIN has just left Bredbury station and is heading towards Marple. Werneth Low can be seen above left beyond the snow-covered roofs of a recently built housing estate. The railway sleepers are covered in snow, leaving the rails visible as long black lines. This two-car diesel train from Manchester Piccadilly is on its way to Sheffield.

Town/area: Werneth Low
Local authority: Stockport MBC

Ancient county: Cheshire

AT DIDSBURY PARK, the late afternoon light is beginning to fade, the trees and church spire are silhouetted against a wintry sky, and the snow has hardened to a crisp, crunchy quality. Time to go for a pint of something refreshing at the Royal Oak, the Crown or the Olde Cock Inn.

Town/area: Didsbury
Local authority: City of Manchester

Ancient county: Lancashire

FORTY-EIGHT HOURS LATER and the snow had all gone! But the white stuff may yet return to Manchester before the end of winter. Keep visiting to stay up to date with the changing appearance of Manchester, and why not have a go at the 2001 Winter Quiz, with lots more snowy photographs taken in and around Manchester.

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