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Five Months Late

By Ashley Dace

Wow, didn't meant to slip this late. My usual is one blog a month or so. Things have been a little slow recently but now I'm just about caught up, a few more to upload but I'll get on with those later.
So my last blog left off in December, I was writing about my plans to visit the Great Central Railway gala.
I spent two days up on the line, the first was a Friday and two wheels was the mode of transport. The plan was to treat it as a geographing trip so I got in a few extra sites like the Mountsorrel branch. Saturday was spent with fellow geographer Chris Allen with a day rider. We visited the stations, bagged a few locomotives and checked out new features like the turntable and cafe at Quorn. The sight of 70013 speeding through on the Mail train was excellent and highly recommended.
SK5514 : Kinchley Lane by Ashley Dace SK5714 : Mountsorrel Railway by Ashley Dace SK5714 : Mountsorrel Railway by Ashley Dace SK5614 : Swithland Reservoir by Ashley Dace SK5514 : M7 53 at Kinchley Lane by Ashley Dace SK5514 : GCR 63601 by Ashley Dace SK5514 : Kinchley Lane by Ashley Dace SK5512 : Snowdrops at Swithland Churchyard by Ashley Dace SK5512 : Swithland Church by Ashley Dace SK5808 : LWSR M7 - 53 at Leicester North by Ashley Dace SK5806 : Abbey Pumping Station by Ashley Dace SK5806 : Wolsey Factory by Ashley Dace SK5905 : Abbey Mills by Ashley Dace SK5804 : Norman Doorway by Ashley Dace SK5808 : Sir Lamiel at Leicester North by Ashley Dace SK5416 : Quorn Turntable by Ashley Dace SK5419 : 70013 Oliver Cromwell by Ashley Dace SK5419 : Sir Lamiel 30777 - Loughborough by Ashley Dace SK5416 : Mail by Rail by Ashley Dace SK5419 : No. D123 Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry by Ashley Dace SK5415 : Night Mail by Ashley Dace SK5416 : Evening Star by Ashley Dace SK5416 : Quorn and Woodhouse Station by Ashley Dace SK5416 : Quorn and Woodhouse Station by Ashley Dace
Next was a quick rooftop 360 snap from a nightclub roof in Leicester. Before you ask I had permission!
SK5804 : Leicester at Night by Ashley Dace SK5900 : Midland Mainline by Ashley Dace SK5904 : Leicester Rooftop by Ashley Dace SK5904 : Various Buildings by Ashley Dace SK5904 : Leicester from the Rooftop by Ashley Dace
Next was a weekend up North visiting various important industrial sites. Me and Chris started out in Stoke seeing all the pottery kilns before heading off to Apedale to visit a working coal mine. This was a real treat for me. Plus next door was a railway! Mostly diesel engines in the collection but me and Chris were both taken through the collection with the chief engineer.
SJ9143 : Roslyn Works - Longton by Ashley Dace SJ9143 : Duchess Works - Longton by Ashley Dace SJ8248 : Apedale Footrail Mine by Ashley Dace SJ8248 : Apedale Footrail Mine by Ashley Dace SJ8248 : Apedale Footrail Mine by Ashley Dace SJ8248 : Wolstanton Colliery Rope Winch by Ashley Dace SJ8248 : Wolstanton Colliery Rope Winch by Ashley Dace SJ8248 : Cannel Coal Seam by Ashley Dace SJ8248 : Aurora North Building - Moseley Railway Trust by Ashley DaceSJ8248 : Aurora North Building - Moseley Railway Trust by Ashley Dace

Not too far away was another location that had been on 'the list' for a while. The weather was patchy but I got the shots I wanted. Cheddleton has a long history of corn grinding before flint paste production.
SJ9222 : Stafford Town Mill by Ashley Dace SJ9222 : Stafford Town Mill by Ashley Dace SJ9752 : Cheddleton Flint Mill - Robey Engine by Ashley Dace SJ9752 : Cheddleton Flint Mill by Ashley Dace SJ9752 : Cheddleton Flint Mill - North Mill Flint Pan by Ashley Dace SJ9752 : Cheddleton Flint Mill by Ashley Dace SJ9752 : Cheddleton Flint Mill - North Mill by Ashley Dace SJ9752 : Cheddleton Flint Mill by Ashley Dace SJ9752 : Cheddleton Textile Mill by Ashley Dace
The next day we had an early start for a day up in and around Bolton. Steam galore at Elland road with its massive mill engine. All in all a great productive weekend with many out of limit sites ticked off the list.
SD9311 : Ellenroad Mill Engine - Steam Generator by Ashley Dace SD9311 : Ellenroad Mill Engine - Main Drum by Ashley Dace SD9311 : Ellenroad Mill Engine by Ashley Dace SD9311 : Ellenroad Mill Engine - Lancashire Boilers by Ashley Dace SD9311 : Ellenroad Mill Engine by Ashley Dace SD7009 : Bolton Steam Museum - Non-Dead Centre Engine by Ashley Dace SD7009 : Bolton Steam Museum - Double Beam Engine by Ashley Dace SD6909 : Bolton Steam Museum by Ashley Dace SD6921 : J & E Wood Mill Engine by Ashley Dace SD6921 : J & E Wood Mill Engine by Ashley Dace


But had me and Chris finished? Of course not!
Not long after Derbyshire was calling, this trip covered mostly new ground for both of us.
After a pickup from Burton upon Trent the first port of call was Calton Hill quarry in Derbyshire. The quarry here exposed a dolerite sill and basaltic vent from a carboniferous volcano. A mini giants causeway was seen along with rare olivine inclusions from the depths (45km).
Down the road was Millers dale station where the former mainline provided access to the viaducts and limekilns. The kiln to the west of the station would look more at home on one of the once occupied channel islands with its hard concrete figure built into the rock.
Things worked out perfectly as Litton Mill was less than a five minute walk to a rock exposure in the railway line which was investigated briefly by myself.
SK3635 : DRS Class 37s by Ashley Dace SK1171 : Calton Hill Quarry - Calcite by Ashley Dace SK1171 : Mantle Xenolith by Ashley Dace SK1171 : Calton Hill Quarry by Ashley Dace SK1171 : Carboniferous Volcanics by Ashley Dace SK1171 : Calton Hill Quarry by Ashley Dace SK1373 : Millers Dale Station by Ashley Dace SK1373 : Millers Dale Station by Ashley Dace SK1373 : Millers Dale Station by Ashley Dace SK1473 : Millers Dale Limekilns by Ashley Dace SK1869 : Ashford Bobbin Mills by Ashley Dace SK1869 : Ashford Bobbin Mills by Ashley Dace SK1772 : Cressbrook Turbines by Ashley Dace SK1772 : Turbines at Cressbrook by Ashley Dace SK1772 : Cressbrook Tunnel by Ashley Dace SK1772 : Cressbrook Tunnel by Ashley Dace SK1772 : River Wye by Ashley Dace SK1573 : Litton Mill by Ashley Dace SK1373 : Millers Dale Lime Kiln by Ashley Dace SK1373 : Millers Dale Lime Kiln by Ashley Dace SK1473 : Millers Dale Limekilns by Ashley Dace

A short distance away Magpie mine provided our last stop, this Cornish like site oozed with charm and we were not the only photographers there. Shame the underground isn't as open as there is some good stuff down there from what I have heard.
One more location which was a must was Claudwell's mill in Rowsley, this was an excellent example of a roller flour mill with vintage machinery plus an interesting story.
SK1768 : Magpie Mine Powder House by Ashley Dace SK1768 : Magpie Mine by Ashley Dace SK1768 : Magpie Mine by Ashley Dace SK1768 : Magpie Mine by Ashley Dace SK1768 : Magpie Mine by Ashley Dace SK1768 : Magpie Mine by Ashley Dace SK1768 : Magpie Mine by Ashley Dace SK2565 : Little Giant Turbine by Ashley Dace SK2565 : Caudwell's Mill, Rowsley by Ashley Dace SK2565 : Caudwell's Mill, Rowsley by Ashley Dace SK2565 : Caudwell's Mill, Rowsley by Ashley Dace SK2565 : Early Rollers at Caudwell's Mill by Ashley Dace

A few from East Anglia
I took a few trips home over the five months. These were walks out with the family rather than specific trips.
TM4874 : Walberswick Church by Ashley Dace TM4874 : Pillbox - Walberswick by Ashley Dace TM4873 : Walberswick Marshes Mill by Ashley Dace TM4874 : St Andrew's Church - Walberswick by Ashley Dace TM4874 : St Andrew's Church - Walberswick by Ashley Dace TM4875 : Former Southwold Railway by Ashley Dace TM4875 : Former Southwold Railway by Ashley Dace
A quick stop off one day was made to inspect the recently restored St Olaves pump.
TM4599 : St Olaves and the Pump by Ashley Dace TM4599 : St Olaves Pump by Ashley Dace TM4599 : St Olaves Pump by Ashley Dace TM4599 : St Olaves Shadow by Ashley Dace TM4599 : St Olaves Pump by Ashley Dace TM4599 : St Olaves Pump by Ashley Dace TM4599 : St Olaves Pump by Ashley Dace TM4599 : St Olaves Pump by Ashley Dace TM4599 : Norfolk Reedbeds by Ashley Dace TM4599 : Broken Pipe by Ashley Dace TM4599 : Fritton Marshes Windpump by Ashley Dace TM4599 : Fritton Marshes Windpump by Ashley Dace TM4499 : Fritton Marshes Windpump by Ashley Dace TM4499 : Fritton Marshes Windpump by Ashley Dace TM4599 : Norfolk Reedbeds by Ashley Dace TM4599 : Norfolk Reedbeds by Ashley Dace TM4599 : St Olaves Pump by Ashley Dace

This brings us onto the weekend just gone.
I haven't done much due to the poor weather but on Sunday I took the train out to Stotfold in Bedfordshire to visit the mill there. This watermill was burnt to the ground in 1992 but restored to working order and well worth a peek (its free). I'm currently tucking into fresh bread out of the oven, yummy.
TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill - Stone Floor by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill - Stone Floor by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill - Third Floor by Ashley Dace TL2236 : River Ivell by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill - Third Floor by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill - Oat Roller by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill - Hurst Frame by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill - Stone Nut by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill - Roller Mill by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill - Overshot Wheel by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Stotfold Watermill - Crossley Diesel by Ashley Dace TL2236 : Tangye Engine by Ashley Dace TL1837 : Glebe Meadows Reserve by Ashley Dace TL1937 : Arlesey Railway Station by Ashley Dace TL1837 : Arlesey Bridge by Ashley Dace TL1837 : River Hiz by Ashley Dace TL1837 : Arlesey Bridge by Ashley Dace
Anyway the railway station was sited next to a medieval bridge which was a must and hadn't been done on geograph.
Today I took advantage of the good weather and finished off the Leicester to Swannington line in Leicester. I was plagued by bike troubles again (the L&S curse?). Firstly a flooded cycle path then 3 punctures and a snapped break handle. So in for repair again.
SK5205 : Cycle Path by Ashley Dace SK5205 : Leicester and Swannington Railway by Ashley Dace SK5305 : Leicester and Swannington Railway by Ashley Dace SK5306 : Leicester and Swannington Railway by Ashley Dace SK5306 : Leicester and Swannington Railway by Ashley Dace SK5306 : Leicester and Swannington Railway by Ashley Dace SK5306 : Leicester and Swannington Railway by Ashley Dace SK5306 : Leicester and Swannington Railway by Ashley Dace SK5306 : Leicester and Swannington Railway by Ashley Dace SK5406 : Leicester and Swannington Railway by Ashley Dace SK5406 : Leicester and Swannington Railway by Ashley Dace SK5406 : Glenfield Railway Tunnel by Ashley Dace SK5406 : Glenfield Railway Tunnel by Ashley Dace

I have seen a nice mill on the river (Glenfield mill) I want to do, couldn't gain access due to the swollen river. I've seen pictures of the building from the other side with its wheel marks visible.

Anyway, what next....
I think maybe Charlecote and Stratford upon Avon next week, depending on weather. If not then Ellis mill in Lincoln and Hough near Coalville.
The weekend after I've a geology trip to Devon visiting various mines.
I hope to visit London in May to go to a mining event.
Late March has been put down for a trip to Ironbridge gorge.
So busy!


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Mon, 30 Apr 2012 at 16:01
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