Saturday, 12 April 2014

Sunset tree

Sunset tree

April is the best month to find leafless trees and strong sunsets occurring together.  The fine delineation of the twigs and branches against the strong golden light always gives a thrill.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Death by the road

Roadside memorial at Rudyard

This roadside memorial to a motor-accident victim, Carl Matthews, is unusual, in being screwed into a tree.  The family must come back over the years to re-fix it, I suppose, as the tree expands.

The memorial is by the A523, the twisty and narrow road that runs parallel to Rudyard Lake - not a road I enjoy driving along.
Such memorials do bring home to the observer just how wasteful and pointless road-deaths are.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

George & Dragon looks back

It's the month of St George, whose feast-day is on the 23rd.  As far as saints go, it's a safe bet that he has more pubs named after him than any other.
However, as more and more pubs close, so, inevitably, there will be some bearing his name.

The George & Dragon in Uttoxeter does not open for trade any more, and is now a private home.  However, rather sportingly I think, the owner has chosen to retain the old inn's leaded-lights windows.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Brassy Hawys

Memorial brass, in Norbury Church

This memorial brass, in Norbury Church, is reputed to be the oldest in Staffordshire, though it gets no special treatment (as you can see).
The lady underneath it lived in the fourteenth century and her name was Hawys Botiller.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Castle - going down!

Tamworth Castle

Heights are not my strong point, so even taking this photo, looking down into a courtyard in Tamworth Castle, was slightly brave. 
Well I think so.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Arrows make grooves

Checkley Church arrow-head markings

These puzzling marks scratched into the side of the wall at Checkley Church have quite a story to tell.

They are indentations left by archers of old, who were required by ancient law to practise their deadly craft once a week within the grounds of their local church.
What these generations of bowmen did was to use the same spots to sharpen up their arrow-heads, and so wore the scratches into grooves.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Listed triangular prism

Milestone in Draycott

This milepost is, believe it or not, a listed building. But, it's not unique among mileposts in being listed, and sometimes they describe the listing as of a 'group of mileposts'.
Made of cast-iron, usually around 150 years ago, and now maintained by county highways teams, they are still much loved.   Believe it or not.

Incidentally, I tried to find a name for its shape, which is a three-dimensional triangle with a slanted end-face. Such a shape has no exact name.  The nearest that the Internet could come up with was 'Triangular Prism'.

This post was featured on the City Daily Photo's Theme Day pages 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Skips of shards

Discarded pottery shards

Burleigh Pottery
still occupies a nineteenth century potbank building in the northern end of Stoke-on-Trent, and - thanks to the fact that it shares the old building with the Middleport Pottery Project - one can still go round a lot of it and imagine how it would have been a hundred and fifty years ago.

But the site is still definitely that of a working pottery - as you can see see from the skips of discarded shards round the back...

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Stoke at Euston

Euston Station western lodge

This photo of the Euston Station western lodge is a companion to my photo of the eastern lodge. The lodges' Victorian frontages list the names of all the towns that you can reach directly from Euston - including Stoke of course.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Canal makers stream through

'Double Culvert Bridge' (number 40)

The makers of the Shropshire Union Canal believed in going the straight line - so they cut their way through hills, banks, water-courses and the like, rarely veering. 
They were of so fixed a mind to go headlong through natural features that 'Double Culvert Bridge' (number 40) near Norbury, as well as having the canal underneath it, even has to carry the original natural stream of the locality through and along it.

See also: High Bridge