Sunday, 17 November 2019

Wilnecote and Fazeley

Yesterday I headed up to Staffordshire and Wilnecote which is just South of Tamworth. I walked across into Fazeley and then finally to the end of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. This is the canal that passes my house and I have walked much of it over the years though until now have not been to the Fazeley end and the "terminus". It joins with the Coventry Canal and I walked that for a bit, rather muddy towpath though not as bad at Burton-on-Trent a few weeks ago!

You can see my canal walk photos here. Photos of Wilnecote station and a few of Wilnecote and Fazeley can be seen here.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

BGLR : Return of Ruby

Ruby has returned from the reserve fleet to replace Tango as the BGLR shunter / light duties loco. Now there is a question mark over Ruby as it's two sister locos are both stricken with motor issues. Lets hope it's a case of third time lucky!

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Churches (42) : All Saints, High Wycombe

All Saints is a large church in the centre of the Buckinghamshire town. There has been a church on the site since early Norman times, this early church was completely rebuilt and replaced by the current church in the late thirteenth century. Much of what was left of the Norman church was the tower but this was replaced itself in the early sixteenth century [1] after concerns it might collapse.

The church was greatly expanded from it's original size during the rebuilding, especially the nave and chancel which was extended. Nave arcades were added in the fifteenth century and a chantry chapel though this was later demolished.

The church was restored in the mid-1870s. The church is flint faced except the tower which is stone faced.

[1] Nikolaus Pevsner, Buckinghamshire (Penguin, 1960) p. 161

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

History of the World in Apple Objects (13) : Macintosh IIcx

The Macintosh IIcx was introduced in 1989 and sold for two years. It was similar to the IIx though in a smaller and easy to open case which was also used by the more powerful Macintosh IIci which succeeded it. The IIcx came with a Motorola 68030 running at 16Mhz and could support up to 128MB of RAM (though that would have cost the GDP of a small country back then).

The IIcx ran Mac OS 6 up to 7.5.5. Unfortunately this one is unlikely to run anything anymore though still has the cute case!

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Tanworth third time lucky

I have planned to visit Tanworth-in-Arden for a number of weeks now. Two weeks ago I had to postpone the trip due to adverse weather, last week it was postponed again due to a cancelled train. Finally i made it there this week!

Tanworth has no railway station itself but is about a mile away from both Wood End and Danzey. I alighted at Wood End, walked to Tanworth to take some photos of the rather nice church before heading out to Danzey and the train home. Not a journey without hazard, i had to walk along the road most of the way and was caught out by ice a few times (luckily didn't fall!) You can see my photos here.

Friday, 8 November 2019

BGLR : First plan of the N project

It has been planned for some time now but I think th N gauge layout project will finally begin in 2020. After all I have the board already (a packing pallet) and all the rolling stock. All I need is some new track and somewhere to place the layout... well maybe by next year the space will be available. I have begun designing the layout, it will be fairly simple but should be interesting.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

The Lost Key

There should be more blog posts about typewriters, well here is one anyway. The Lost Key of QWERTY explores a key which had three dots in a vertical line. It appeared on the very earliest commercially successful typewriter, the Remington Number 1, back in 1873 but then vanished on subsequent models and has never been seen since. It certainly isn't on my Brother Deluxe.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Churches (41) : St Mary the Virgin, Rickmansworth

The church of St Mary the Virgin is the parish church of Rickmansworth and also used by the Methodist Church. It is an example of a church completely rebuilt in the nineteenth century so that not much of the original church was left.

The church was built on the site of an earlier church which dated to the late thirteenth century. The church was rebuilt in the 1820s to a fifteenth century style with most of the medieval church pulled down and replaced. The West tower however dates from 1630CE and is a fine example of the Gothic style built from flint and stone.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Derbyshire Places (5) : Ambergate

Ambergate is an example of a settlement that can remain sleepy and unchanged for centuries before new technology in the form of transport links can change it profoundly, even changing the name!

Although the village of Ambergate is situated where the river Amber joins the Derwent it is infact named after a gate on a turnpike road. Until the early nineteenth century the village was known as Toadmoor and was a tiny collection of cottages for many years until the arrival of transport links and change.

Amber Gate was the name of the tollgate on the Nottingham turnpike, the name was adopted by the North Midland Railway when they built Ambergate station in 1840. The Cromford Canal also passed through Ambergate though these days Ambergate marks where the canal "ends" on the stretch from Cromford before coming back to life again near Langley Mill.

The village grew greatly in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, the church of St Anne being built in 1892 for local worshippers who up until then had had to use a variety of different venues for worship, even the pub!

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Gone for a Burton

After last week's weather caused last minute change of plan I decided to go to Tanworth-in-Arden this weekend instead. However when I got to Birmingham Moor Street I saw that the train I intended to catch was cancelled and as I didn't want to wait an hour for the next one decided to change my plan again. Instead I went to Burton-upon-Trent, somewhere I have travelled through many times but never stopped at until now.

I had an enjoyable if muddy towpath curtailed walk along the Trent & Mersey Canal and also took some photos in Burton-upon-Trent as well, as can be expected the town is dominated still be breweries. You can see my photos here. Photos of the canal are here.