Monday, 21 September 2020

Back on the Merseyrail

On Saturday I headed up to Merseyside. My mission this time was just to get as many new stations in as possible. My target for the year was 40 and after Church Stretton last week I was on 33. As there is talk of another possible lockdown I thought it would be prudent to try and get as close to my target as possible... 

In the end I achieved eight stations and thus passed the target! I will need to return to at least a couple of the stations one day e.g. Cressington as they look very interesting and will deserve a closer look! You can see my photos here.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Model Week : Dominie

Finally we have begun model kit project #090, it was way back in 2017 when we began project #080 so we have been stuck in the 80s for quite some time! Project #090 is a Hawker Siddeley Dominie, when completed it will be the fourth project this year. This doesn't sound that many certainly compared to the early 2010s but it will be double 2019's score!

Friday, 18 September 2020

Churches (77) : St Michael and All Angels, Jarvis Brook

The church of St Michael and All Angels in Jarvis Brook near Crowborough began life as a chapel of ease for Crowborough parish church, built in 1905 (replacing an earlier church). Jarvis Brook became a separate parish in 1934. The small church has an aisleless nave with lancet windows. The church was built from rough finished stone.

The church has a small open belfry made from timber.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Worcestershire Places (2) : Blakedown

Blakedown is a village in the North of the county near Kidderminster. The village has existed since the Domesday Book when it was known as Bleak Down and was part of Hagley parish. The railways reached Blakedown in 1852 and this sparked a boom in population and economic development. Blakedown split from Hagley and merged with Churchill parish.

Nowadays Blakedown is largely a dormitory town for people working in larger nearby towns and cities. The village's church is dedicated to St James the Great, built in 1866.