Water Tower, Bristol Street. Swindon, 14/06/16.


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To quote from British Listed Buildings. co. uk (mainly because I wouldn’t know where to start describing this rather unusual Grade II listed structure):

Water tower for Great Western Works. 1870. Cast iron. Round storey stanchions. 3 bays by 3 bays, in 4 lifts, all diagonally braced and with cast iron girders with interlaced circles at each lift. Central bay on plan with timber faced shaft. Grillage platform for water tanks at top, the tanks a replacement of 1979-80. The water tower forms an important landmark“.

Now it stand in the grounds of the University Technical College and is, in my opinion, the best preserved landmark relating to the former Great Western Works on Bristol Street.


The Railway Children, Bradford Interchange, Bradford, 09/02/16.


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With the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, the location for Lionel Jeffries’ 1970 film version of “The Railway Children“, being  only a few station stops away, I suppose it is only right that a scene from “The Railway Children” welcomes visitors to Bradford. Interestingly though, it might be quickly to get to Keighley from Bradford’s other railway station, Bradford Forest Square, but there is only 20 minutes in it!

Photo Archive: A Grand Day Out, Wallace and Gromit From the Drawing Board Exhibition, The M Shed, Bristol, 07/08/14.


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Places and objects brought to me by the wonders of film and television do not always stand up to closer examination, but I always think of the day my sister took me to the M Shed’s “Wallace and Gromit from the drawing board” exhibition as the day I met Wallace and Gromit; the detail is incredible.


At the time I appeared to be more impressed with the view from the M Shed roof, which is or certainly was fully accessible at the time of my visit. I posted “The View from the M Shed Roof” back in 2014.

“Objectif Lune”, Joe’s Store Window Display by Night, Friar Lane, Nottingham, 07/08/16.


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It‘s strange how something can become icon in a person’s mind. I have never read Hergé’s “Destination Moon“, but the image of the rocket on the cover has somehow lodged itself firmly in my brain to such an extent that I became very excited to see this shop window display as I was walking up Friar Lane, towards Nottingham Castle or, more accurately, the “Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem” public house. I suppose it is quite distinctive as far as rockets go, in the same way “The Mallard” or “Flying Scotsman” are distinctive looking steam locomotives, but, in design terms, it also helps that it is a model of a fictitious rocket and its form has not been compromised by the practicalities of space travel! Hergé’s “Destination Moon” was published in 1953, predating Nasa’s Apollo Program by 8 years and the Moon landings by 16 years.

Joe’s Store is well worth a visit [I retraced my steps back to the shop the next day]… if you’re fan of Tintin.