Some have described this Birtle barn (also can appear as Bircle on old maps) as was the “Old Hanging Barn” the place where local criminals were hung on a Silver birch. I do not know how true this was but all is quiet now. This barn is one of many nice old cottages in the village of Birtle which nestles between Bury and Heywood in Lancashire and is one of my favourite places to photograph.
Affetside is a small village on the outskirts of Bury and is situated on the old Roman Road that connected Manchester to Ribchester in Lancashire. In the village you can find the Roman Affetside Cross that is believed to have been a moorland marker for pilgrims travelling to Whalley Abbey.
The last of the days sun licks across the landscape turning the grasses to gold, even the puddles don’t escape. The fleeting weak sun reaches inside the puddles to reflect the sky and then it is all gone. The oncoming darkness pulls in the cold air and the shadows… I am done for the day.
Walking down the Rochdale canal it is interesting to see the contrast between old and new Manchester. Beecham Tower is the new landmark on Deansgate, 168 metres of glass and steel.
Walking down from Deansgate station it was sad to see the cities homeless sleeping under the railway arches only metres away from the morning rush hour workers at one end and the upmarket new restaurants of Castlefield.
Old Buses gently rusting away. The one to the rear is a East Lancs-bodied Leyland Atlantean it had been ordered by Bolton Corporation but by the time it was delivered new in 1972, Bolton Corporation became part of South East Lancashire North East Cheshire bus company.
Old rusty, abandoned Lancashire Red Bus, sadly this one had been in a crash many years ago but hopefully its parts will be used to keep other historic buses keep going. There is a strange obsession as a photographer to photograph anything Rusty..
Old abandoned Blackpool and Farnworth Bus, faded colours that once transported happy holiday makers to our once historic seaside town of Blackpool. “There’s something for everyone at the Worlds Greatest Seaside” Now it takes it place as part of a Rusty Bus Graveyard.
Wooden framed Bus, Old and abandoned to the setting Lancashire sun in the Bus Graveyard
Black and White photograph of an Old abandoned Double Decker Bus in Lancashire.
Part of a series of sculptures at Lee Quarry in Bacup, part of the Rossendales valleys of Stone series. This sculpture is called Ferro-terrasaurus and was inspired by industrial Machinery created by Robin Dobson. Photographed on a Moody day the rust and cloud really add to the presence on the hillside.