Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Moorland barn

A common site scattered around this area, a barn standing sentinel over a number of small field high up on the fringes of the moorland.

Monday, March 30, 2009

New for old

Leek was once a thriving mill town, but as manufacture has become cheaper 1/2 way round the world we have had to find new usage's for our abandon mills. Some have become homes other have become retail outlets like this one. This one is one of many antique/interior design shops that Leek is now famous for. Another beautiful building, just look how the windows are different on each floor.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Unicorn

Pubs, mills and churches, it seems that nearly every street has at least one of these and most of them are a photographers dream, urban works of art over looked by most people. Take this one, just look at the detail and use of different building materials.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Warslow church

This is the village church in Warslow which is a few miles out side of Leek, right in the middle of the Staffordshire moorlands

Friday, March 27, 2009

Old Kilns

The old Kilns at the foot of Kiln lane, just after the council had cleared the ground before landscaping it.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The wallabies

The wallabies of the Peak District came from a small private zoo in the grounds of Roaches House near Leek. The zoo was established in the mid 1930s by Henry Courtney Brocklehurst,who tragically lost his life in World War 2. These few bred and became as many as 50. They have been seen by many people over the years. I had heard of them from lots of people and although i walked on the Roaches for years i had never seen them. Then one day as i was looking for trees to photograph one just hopped across the path.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Mermaid

A view of the Mermaid inn, situated on the ridge over looking both Leek and the Roaches

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The vets

One of Leek's vets, and a good example of how to make your business stand out

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Snow scene

Leek park, just by the tennis courts after a heavy snow fall

Friday, March 20, 2009

Lolly pop

A school crossing wardens sign, known as a Lolly pop, giving the user the title of Lolly pop man(or woman.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Winter hills

The Roaches seen from the road in Meerbrook, reflected in Tittesworth reservoir. A picture you can no longer take as they have build an island in the lake, totally ruining the reflection

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Moorland farm house

Westbrook farm just off Morridge, a typical spring view up in the hills

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sky line

A Leek sky line, trees and churches, sums up Leek quite well.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Leader of the band

The band stand in Brough park, taken during the last heavy snow fall. Much to my surprise i had the place mostly to myself, with just the snowman for company.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Stormy day

Tittiesworth reservoir as seen from the Roaches. A man made lake completed in the 50s and now a lovely spot for a walk as the water company has spent lots of money up rating the paths that go round it.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Wellington

A typical back street pub, what would have been the mainstay of social life before the advent of the TV. Also my Mum and Dads local many years ago and could we hold the title of the first pub i ever went into.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Roach end

This is a disused barn at Roach end, about 5 miles from Leek, taken last week. I've being trying to get up here in the snow for a while but there is either too much and the roads blocked or not enough and it looks wrong, this was spot on for me with the sunshine and blue sky, truly one of the best spots on the planet.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Grim up noth

Not a typical Leek view but it must have looked a bit like this when the mills were all up and running, this shot was taken about 10 years ago on a cold frosty morning, giving the smoky effect. As it was taken 10 years ago i have no idea where it was taken from.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Blue water

The other end of the Leek arm of the Cauldon canal, this is less than a mile to the centre of Leek, one of the things that makes the place so nice is that you are never far from great views like this.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Lock keepers cottage

The lock keepers cottage at the junction of the Caldon and Leek canals

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Its all at the Co op

The Co op on the corner of Picton street and Britannia street, the site of my first Saturday job, but back then it was call Boaters.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The old cemetery

The snow covered cobbles running up between the old cemetery, behind St Edwards church

Friday, March 6, 2009

The white house

The white house, Consall, it stands between the canal and the railway, both old industrial byways now turned to leisure.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The scrapyard

Bestwicks scrapyard, a place that as a photographer always interests me.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Windy day

The market place Leek, taken last year when the market was abandon due to high winds.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Talbot

A Disused pub right in the centre of Leek, such a sad site.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Play ground.

The rear of terrace housing just off Britannia street, one of my old play grounds, but in those days it was just a large open yard

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