Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Queen's Sycamore

This sycamore was planted by Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her visit to view Operation Clean Up on 16th May 1968.

The other sycamores were presented by Sir William Mather to Bredbury & Romily UDC. The triangle of land at the junction of Werneth Low Road and Cowlishaw Road was given to the council by Walter Mansfield.

The site affords wide views across the north and west of Greater Manchester.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Three photos of St Stephen's Church 2008, 2012 and 2016

Yesterday I showed you a charcoal impression of St Stephen's spire. Here now are three photographs taken in 2008, 2012 and 2016 respectively.

St Stephen's, the parish church of Flowery Field was consecrated in 1891, the foundation stone having been laid nearly two years earlier. The present building was the outcome of a Mission Church (an offshoot from St. Mary's, Newton, started about 1883), and was erected through the munificence of Colonel Ashton, of Newton, and Little Onn, Staffordshire. It is a fine stone building, in the 13th century style of architecture, containing nave and chancel, and boasting a handsome tower and spire of about 120 feet high. The first vicar was the Rev. T. M. Tozer.

The Church closed in July 2011 and former worshippers must now attend St Mary's, Newton. See the Hydonian blog for more details. The church was deconsecrated and placed on the market with an asking price of £180,000.

In 2015 Manchester-based architecture and interiors practice Millson Associates was appointed by Insite Properties to deliver a residential conversion of the church. The project includes the refurbishment of the church into 20 apartments and designed to respect the internal architecture of the church, alongside the development of adjacent land to deliver 16 two- and three-bedroom family homes. More information on Place Northwest.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

St Stephen's Spire: A charcoal impression

A charcoal impression of the spire on St Stephen's Church, Flowery Field.

I'll be posting three photographs of the church taken in 2008, 2012 and 2016 tomorrow when I'll reveal a little bit about its history.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.

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