Sunday, 25 July 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday:
Broadbottom Station Car Park.

The trees lining the car park at Broadbottom Station cast long shadows.

At the end of the car park is what was one of the first examples of a stone built Victorian Goods Warehouse.

The property and surrounding land were purchased from British Rail Property Board in 1985. Renovation work began in 1986 and the initial phase was the restoration and adaptation of the lower floor to create an indoor riding centre.

The second phase of the renovation work in 1987 involved the adaptation and restoration of the upper floor to create a permanent indoor gymnastics facility.

In 1989 funding from Children In Need, small charitable trusts and individual donations enabled the building of an outdoor riding area for the Kingfisher Riding for the Disabled Group.

In 1997 a stable block was added.

In 2009 the Tameside School of Gymnastics moved to Pinfold in Hattersley and the upper floor of the centre was modified to provide a home for indoor bowling and other community activities. The Etherow Bowling and Activity Centre, run by Tameside Sports Trust features an indoor bowling green built to national league standard.

See Hyde Daily Photo for a view of the riding area, The Etherow Centre's website for more about their work and Hey Harriet for more shadow shots this Sunday.


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