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.

Monday, 13 September 2021

The Wirral

On Saturday i headed up to Merseyside and side some exploring around Wallasey and New Brighton. I also had a look at the new Merseyrail trains which will enter service soon, they had a public demonstration at Birkenhead North. You can see my Wallasey and New Brighton photographs here.

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Derby diesels

I had a day off work on Friday and headed up to Derby. I hoped that, as it was a week day, there would be some interesting railway workings and i was not disappointed! There were so many classic diesel locomotives on show it was like being at a diesel gala at times. You can see my photos here.

Friday, 10 September 2021

Churches (116) : St Laurence, Long Eaton

The parish church of St Laurence in Long Eaton, Derbyshire dates from the 12th century and retains some Norman features. It was originally a chapel of ease for All Saints Church in Sawley, it became a parish church in it's own right in the 19th century.

The church was rebuilt and enlarged in the late 1860s. The South aisle of the current church is the original church building. A new North aisle, nave and chancel in a matching style. Due to the rebuilding the West tower is not as usually placed with respect to the rest of the church layout.

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Another typewriter!

I've bought another typewriter, which puts my collection at three now (and surely will continue to grow). The latest arrival is another Brother Deluxe though an 800 (my earlier Brother Deluxe is a 1350). The typewriter works pretty well, it has a crack on the outer casing though this does not affect operation.

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Walking the Waterways (23) : Erewash Canal

The Erewash Canal is a canal which runs in Derbyshire between Langley Mill (where it joins the Nottingham and Cromford Canals) and then flows for nineteen kilometres until it joins the river Trent near Long Eaton. The canal was opened in 1779 and was a commercial success due to heavy coal traffic.

This commercial success kept the canal a going concern despite railway competition. It was taken over by the Grand Union Canal company in 1932 and nationalised in 1947. However, by now the canal was in decline commercially and the last cargo by boat was carried on the canal in 1952. Part of the canal was closed to navigation but remained watered in the early 1960s. The canal was restored to full navigation in 1973.

Trent Lock on the river Trent

Narrowboat near Trent Lock

Water management near the Trent

Boat in Long Eaton

Derby Road Bridge in Langley Mill where the Erewash meets the Cromford Canal

Monday, 6 September 2021

Wootton Wawen

On Saturday i paid a visit to one of my favourite places (though not one i have been to for a couple of years), Wootton Wawen. As well as some photos of the church (which is the oldest in Warwickshire) and the village, i also did a canal walk from Wootton Wawen aqueduct to Edstone aqueduct. You can see my Wootton Wawen photos here, and the canal photos here.

Friday, 3 September 2021

Churches (115) : St Mary and All Saints, Kidderminster

The parish church of St Mary and All Saints' in Kidderminster, Worcestershire has existed since at least 1315, the consecration date of the chancel though the foundation existed in early Norman times. Most of the current church has existed since the 15th and 16th centuries. The church has a perpendicular tower, which is crenellated, and a nave.

The chantry was rebuilt in the 16th century, the rest of the church was restored in 1895. A South aisle was added in 1847 and an organ chamber in 1874.

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Calculators (10) : Lloytron Accumatic 55

A typical chunky mid-1970s calculator. The Lloytron was powered by a Rockwell A1241PA processor and had an eight digital vacuum fluorescent display (actually nine digits but the extra digit is used for the negative sign and memory status). 

As well as the standard arithmetic functions the Lloytron also offers square roots, squares, reciprocals and percentages.

Monday, 30 August 2021

Model Week : Ballasting (N gauge edition)

It's time to get a move on with Shard End, the N gauge layout i began earlier in the year. The track layout is finalised now so it's time to do some scenery and actually start building a proper layout! So i have begun ballasting, always the best way to destroy perfectly fine track circuits of course! Lets see how things are when the glue dries.

Sunday, 29 August 2021


Yesterday i went to Stafford. Now i have been here a number of times over the years but in the past it has been purely to take railway photographs and i have not seen much of the town itself. So this time i left the station! Stafford has a number of interesting buildings as befits a county town including it's main church. You can see my photos here.

Friday, 27 August 2021

Churches (114) : St Peter, Hereford

The collegiate church of St Peter is the oldest parish church in the city of Hereford dating from 1074CE. The current church dates mostly from the 13th and 14th centuries. It has a nave, chancel, South aisle and a tower with a spire. One of the bells in the tower is thought to have been the Common Bell which was rung to give warning of emergencies to the people of Hereford. The church was restored in 1885.

The church is from ashlar sandstone and rubble.

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Wednesday, 25 August 2021


I have just bought a rather lovely 1980s typewriter. It is an Olympiette Special (made by Olympia). Although it looks a bit shabby it types incredibly well. I took a photograph of some of the typing i did and the type looked like it had been Photoshopped, it was so sharp! What will i do with this typewriter? What do i do with my Brother Deluxe? Not a lot!

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Calculators (9) : Prinztronic MC66

The Prinztronic MC66 was a meaty desktop AC powered calculator from the early 1970s. Made in 1973 and powered by a Rockwell 15352PA processor, the MC66 provided the basic mathematical functions, memory functions and a constant key. It had a 12 digit green vacuum fluorescent display.

The calculator has very pleasing "space age" styling, including the typeface used for the name.

Monday, 23 August 2021


On Saturday i went to Saunderton in Buckinghamshire. Now this is an interesting place. In reality Saunderton is on the outskirts of Princes Risborough, though Saunderton station is in a different place a few miles up the line with a different village (also called Saunderton though with a different postcode) around it! I went to both anyway, you can see my photos here!