Monday, 20 September 2021


On Saturday i visited Wilmcote near Stratford-upon-Avon. This is a place i have been to a few times before and indeed was one of the earliest places i had a railway adventure to several years ago. I updated my photographs of the village including of Mary Arden's farm (or supposedly anyway). You can see my photos here.

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Yet another typewriter!

Yes i've done it again, i've bought another old typewriter off eBay! That is three now which i have bought over the last couple of months. That will be it for now though i will look to get a few more next year. The latest typewriter is a Hermes 305 and it works pretty well, except for capital letters being subscript for some reason. 

Friday, 17 September 2021

Churches (117) : St Mary, Sileby

The parish church of St Mary in the Leicestershire village of Sileby dates from the 12th or 13th century with building completed by the 15th. The church has a nave, aisles, a chancel, a South porch and a West Tower (in three stages). The church is built from ashlar and granite rubble. 

The church was restored in the 19th century. A pipe organ was installed in 1882.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Walking the Waterways (24) : Rochdale Canal

The Rochdale Canal links Manchester to Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire, passing through Rochdale. The canal is a wide canal which opened in stages from 1798, the final branch opening in 1834. The canal was successful and became on the major trunk routes for commerce between Lancashire and Yorkshire. Despite competition from the railways the canal reached it's peak in commercial traffic in 1845.

The canal went into decline as with most waterways in the late 19th and 20th centuries though remained profitable until after the First World War. Most of the canal was closed in 1952 and became unusable in the 1960s, including being cut in two by the M62 motorway. Despite attempts to abandon the canal, work to restore it began in the 1970s. It was not until 2002 that the canal was restored for navigation along it's full length.