Saturday, 10 August 2013

Little Salkeld Watermill, Cumbria

I've been buying organic flour ground here for decades, with the occasional visit to eat at the cafĂ©, so I was concerned to read it was on the market. It's a fine working mill in a delightful setting, and needs to continue to work. The owners, Nick and Ana, have decided to retire, and enjoy more time with family and friends.
I wish them well, and I hope the planned community buy out goes ahead.
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Pictures taken 2007 and 2008, I think one at least at SPAB Mills Open Day.


Friday, 9 August 2013

Ways in: Caldbeck, Cumbria

I haven't updated this blog in a long time. I thought I would use it occasionally to post a few of my vast collection of photographs. 

Taken in 2004 but I doubt there's been a great deal of change! Clicking on photos should enlarge. 

Three 'ways in'  in Caldbeck, Cumbria. Of particular interest in the first picture is that the keystone is fake... that's all carved from one piece of stone. 

Caldbeck is also the place where John Peel of the famous song is buried, in St Kentigern's churchyard.

D'YE KEN JOHN PEEL, Caldbeck, Cumbria. (See comments box for story) -

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Monday, 4 July 2011

Death by shooting... and a Lorimer church

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Plumpton, a small village in Cumbria, has this intriguing memorial stone set in the wall. I took this pic in 2005, when it was in a field wall. The field has since been built over with a new small housing estate but the memorial still stands.

Here is the history of the memorial and the tragic shooting of Constable Joseph Byrnes by "three hardened London criminals" in 1885:

Also a surprise is the local church, a small gem by Lorimer built in 1907. It was supposed to have been larger but the benefactor ran out of cash.

Internally it is very finely crafted and certainly worthy of a visit:

The Church of St John the Evangelist at Plumpton Wall is a good modern (1907) building by Sir Robert Lorimer, with sharply battered walls, and a pele-like tower. The interior furnishings, and the windows by William Morris & Co and Powells of Whitefriars, are of a uniformily high standard.


Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Hardware to housing Picture by kind consent of @studioklaschka

Click on the Yfrog link to see this gem of a historic commercial building in greater detail, size huge if required,  formerly the premises of Harding & Son Hardware Merchants & Japanners, Southwark.

The building is newly listed at Grade II and has just been granted LBC &  permission for conversion into a three bedroom house.

The ground floor is a cart opening and the current boarding up will be removed and an iron gate put in its place.

I gather that internally all there is of interest is staircase from ground to first floor, which is being retained.



Saturday, 28 May 2011

Tallinn architecturambling

Willie Miller @williemiller of WMUD

has been to Tallinn for an INTA  conference

and today sent these quick iphone pics of a few buildings.

The interesting:

And one to add to the collection of what not to do to a historic building:


Friday, 25 March 2011

Nanananana ... SAVE news...

One of the Sheerness buildings

Bit of a childish crow there, but news from SAVE Britain's Heritage shows the war against nasty developers and those who should be in charge of protection of our built heritage but frequently aren't is unceasing. Some battles you lose, some you spectacularly win.

Will put up full Press Release and pics later on Nemesis Republic blog, but the Spitalfields Trust rescue (with a great deal of SAVE assistance, it's been a longstanding SAVE concern, and SAVE was behind the addition on the World Monuments Fund Watchlist last year) of TEN listed buildings at the Royal Naval Dockyard Sheerness is worth cracking open the fizz for.

Details and slideshow here

Another great piece of news, with wide impact, is a win in the Court of Appeal  v The Secretary of State over demolition controls re historic buildings.

Bishopsgate Goodsyard, demolished...
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SAVE Britain’s Heritage has secured a landmark judgment against the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which will introduce new controls over demolitions of buildings and structures under UK planning law.

Great news folk. Well done all.


Update: here's the gov's response