Category Archives: Other places

Shelducks in Southport

Despite yesterday’s snow and last night’s freezing temperatures, today was pleasant enough to tempt me to Southport. My destination was the small RSPB reserve at Marshside, north of the town. On the train from Wigan to Southport I noticed large … Continue reading

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Arnside Knott

The view from the top this afternoon:

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Port Sunlight

Port Sunlight was founded by Lord Lever in 1888 to provide housing for workers at his soap factory.  Most of the surviving buildings are from the early 20th century (Lever died in 1925) and included a school, swimming pool, church, … Continue reading

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I had intended to tag a visit to Middlesbrough onto my visit to York a couple of weeks ago, but the weather was getting colder, wetter and windier and it didn’t seem fair to visit under such circumstances. Middlesbrough needs … Continue reading

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For Love or Money

A Northern Broadsides production at the Theatre Royal, York. “Broadside” is an apt description for this play: it side-swiped me with its wit, pace, colour and nimble footwork so that, during the performance, I had no time or inclination to … Continue reading

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A guided tour of the minster, which made me realise how much there is to learn about one building. An hour and a half only scratched the surface. Work started on the transepts of York minster in 1220 and continued … Continue reading

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More Yorkshire churches

Selby Abbey has the most misshapen arch so far – the two piers next to the central crossing were not up to bearing the weight of a new tower, which collapsed and destroyed the south transept: It was begun soon … Continue reading

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