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Fri  15  Jun 2018
Heading home from my bike ride.
At Withnell Fold the Thirlmere Aqueduct line gate posts by the stocks have been broken. Apparentl by a DHL van. It was was driverless at the time but fortunately didn’t collide with any cars. It’s been reported to both DHL and the council. The driver was confused and pretty shaken.

Thirlemere Aqueduct line gate posts
Thu  14  Jun 2018
Heading home from my bike ride.

Leaving Norwich Railway Station

Arriving at Manchester Piccadilly.
Wed  13  Jun 2018
Cycling on to the outskirts of Norwich

Passing the Old Forge

Old shoes

Approaching Wymondham

Wymondham level crossing
at the Railway Station

Wymondham Abbey

Wymondham Abbey
Wymondham is a market town in Norfolk. The Great Fire of Wymondham broke out on Sunday 11 June 1615 and destroyed much of the town. It was started by three Gypsies. Kett's Rebellion started here and was a revolt in Norfolk during the reign of Edward VI, largely in response to the enclosure of land. It began on 8 July 1549. One of the organisers was Robert Kett who was tried and hanged on Norwich Castle. His brother William was hanged on the church tower at Wymondham.
Wymondham Market Cross dates from 1617. 

The Market Cross is now the Information Centre
Tue  12  Jun 2018

Cycling through the village of Orwell on my way to Cambridge. I've also crossed the meridian into the eastern hemisphere.

Radio telescope on the way to Cambridge

River Cam in Cambridge

Reached Cambridge hoping to see their 'Bridge of Sighs' but the access wasn't open and would have cost £10.

Approaching Newmarket & this Queen's Statue that was unveiled in 2016 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to mark her 90th birthday.


Crossing over the old 14th century pack-horse bridge at Moulton, east of Newmarket.
Mon  11 Jun 2018
Morning cycle ride to Bletchley Park which was the central site for British codebreakers during World War II. It housed the Government Code and Cypher School.

Bletchley Park Mansion

Bletchley Park Mansion

Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park Mansion Aug 1938

A high proportion of Bletchley Park workers were women
Sun  10  Jun 2018
Reached “the Bridge of Sighs”, Oxford or more accurately Hertford Bridge the skyway joining two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane in Oxford. It was completed in 1914.

The amazing Windmill at Brill.
The first mill on this site was 1685 but this structure dates back to around 1865.
Sat  09  Jun 2018
Heading off with my bike to do some touring. This time I'm heading south. First to Preston and the train to Birmingham

My carriage from Preston was empty when we left at 06:17am

Leaving Birmingham

Nice terra-cotta in Knowle
Thu  07  Jun 2018

Morning bike ride over the Belmont Road where embankment rebuilding works are underway.
Wed  06  Jun 2018

A morning walk at Hurstwood Reservoir above Burnley

Hurstwood Embankment

The filter house is being converted

County Borough of Burnley 1923
An afternoon visit to Withnell Hall to take some more progress photos of the renovations

The main hall in 1900

The main hall area

Front view of the Hall

It was originally thought that the roof could be repaired but it cant so is being completely re-constructed

Evening drove to Wigan Archaeological Society. The presentation was by David Casserly about the Civil Wars in Lancashire (1642 to 1651)
He did the same presentation to Chorley Historical Society on Tue 10 March 2015.

David Casserly 
Tue  05  Jun 2018
A day walk in Cumbria. This is the old Coach Road to the east of Keswick.
Mon 04  Jun 2018
Returned to Corporation Park, Blackburn to the site of the cannon Battery.
The two cannons were donated to the town on the orders of Queen Victoria when the park was opened soon after the Crimean War of 1853-56. The pair of 24lb cannons (that’s the weight of ball that was fired) were captured when Sebastopol fell to the British and French. Hundreds of cannons were taken and many were given to towns and cities throughout Britain.
The women’s suffragette movement was well underway in 1914 and the cannons were cleaned then packed with about one-and-a-half pounds of explosive then fired, without a ball.
They left behind a brown paper parcel with a large piece of calico cloth inside. Written in blue pencil were the words: ‘Wake up, Blackburn!’

The Battery today

Old photo with cannon

The Battery today

Old photo with cannon
The Cottontown Website gives an excellent report.
By far the most interesting and unusual event involving a suffragette in Blackburn was the firing of the cannon in Corporation Park in mid-February, 1914. At about quarter past seven on February Sunday a loud bang was heard throughout Blackburn and even beyond. The house around the park were reported to have been shaken by the blast and the police and fire departments were overflowing with people wanting to know what was going on. Many people thought there must have been an explosion at the Addison Street Gasworks. There was an official statement to the contrary but it was not until Monday morning the truth was discovered. It was obvious that the cannon had been fired as someone had removed several years' worth of stones and gravel from the barrel. Also, the surrounding area was splashed with a yellow substance that indicated that the cannon had not been cleaned properly before use. Experts at the time reckoned that about 11/2 lb of explosive was used, not enough for a proper charge which would have moved the gun but enough to make a loud noise. People who were in the park at the time of the blast saw a flash of light and reckoned it was a lightning bolt. The cannon firing was blamed on suffragettes because on Monday morning a brown paper parcel was found next to the cannon. Inside the parcel was a large piece of calico cloth on which was written in blue pencil:
Wake up, Blackburn! The Labour Party who claim to stand for Justice and Freedom support a government that Tortures Women under the Infamous Cat and Mouse Act.
Sun  03  Jun 2018

The Battery. 213.5m above sea level, the battery was built to display two 24lb bronze cannon captured at Sebastopol in 1855 and gifted by Queen Victoria. They were sold for scrap early in WW2.
Cycled to Blackburn and Corporation Park. Had a look at the old Conservatory then the site of the old captured Russian Cannons from the Crimea which were sold for scrap during WW2.
Flora in Blackburn Corporation Park

Then cycled to Revidge, Mellor, Brindle to look at the plaque for a V1 bomb that landed on Gregson Lane on Christmas Eve in 1944
V1 Flying Bomb

V1 Flying Bomb
Sat  02  Jun 2018
In Astley Park, Chorley there has been a fountain by the access road from Ackhurst Lodge since the grounds and gardens were constructed in the 18th Century. The volunteer group ‘Friends of Astley Park’ have been working hard for some time to refurbish the fountain and bring it back to life. The original gravity feed of water comes from a nearby pond but has been blocked for many years.
Councillor Roy Lees, Mayor of Chorley Councillor Margaret Lees and Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP for Chorley.
The original cast iron supply pipe with lead sealed spigot and socket joints has now been cleared and able to supply the fountain without the need of a pump, using nothing more than gravity. One of the original researcher into the history of the fountain was Rosemary Boyd (1943 – 2017) who died last year.
Dedicated to Rosemary Boyd
Rosemary was a well-known historian and naturalist and so it was a fitting tribute to fix a stone plaque in her memory before the fountain was officially opened this morning Sat 2 June 2018 by Chorley’s Mayor Councillor Margaret Lees. The Mayor was accompanied by her consort and husband Councillor Roy Lees. Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP for Chorley also attended as well as representatives from some of the groups that Rosemary was a member of

Restored fountain

Plaque and fountain
Fri  01  Jun 2018
Morning cycled to Pleasington Crematorium to see the Book of Remembrance open at Dad’s name. He died 39 years ago.

Pleasington Crematorium

Book of Remembrance
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