Daisy Nook! Gosh, that takes me back. When my Dad was a boy it was their local beauty spot and they regularly used to hike there from his home in Failsworth. It was starting to become built up in my youth, but we still went there on occasion. I'm afraid to say that I don't recognise it at all, it's been so long.
I've been going there- on and off- for twenty years. I used to be able to walk all the way from our home and back in the course of an afternoon. Not any more. I'm afraid I did this reconnoitre- over a couple of days- by car.
I was reading about the River Irwell yesterday and its change from a beautiful river meandering through the countryside to a more or less open sewer with the onset of industrialisation.
It was interesting what the book (Lancashire: the first industrial society had to say about industrialisation and the loss of the population's identity as people, instead becoming merely units of production for the benefit of the factory owner.
It cut both ways, I believe. Some people- women especially- found a new independence and dignity in factory work. Being a peasant wasn't necessarily a whole lot of fun.
And of course, without the industrial revolution we'd never have developed an urban working class- with its distinctive culture and politics.
No, it wasn't I agree. I'm reading accounts of the earlier part of the 19th century where starvation was the norm for many people. By the end of the century with improved wages and working hours legislation life was a lot better.
What an interesting, and beautiful place! I would enjoy seeing it in person I am sure.
Do you know the name of the purple vine by any chance?
That's lilac isn't it? The picture is a little misleading; it's not growing on the wall, but beside it.
Oh... that might be, though our lilacs only bloom in the spring. It might even be a butterfly bush kind of plant. It's very pretty, whatever it is.
I thought it was a buddleia.
Oh good... that is what we call a Butterfly Bush. :^)
I've asked Ailz. She agrees: it's a butterfly bush/buddleia.
The "cyclopean" (lovely description!) aqueduct is spectacular in your photo. I love the perspective the boys in the picture give as to the size of the construction.
From where and to where did the aqueduct carry water?
It carried the Hollinwood canal- which ran between Hollinwood and Ashton-under-Lyne- where it joined the Ashton canal which goes down into Manchester.
According to my sources, the prime function of this canal network was to transport coal from the mines up here in the hills to the great manfacturing city on the plain.
This reminds me a lot of where I live. Syracuse used to be a major industrial center and a stop on the Erie Canal. They have since filled in the canal here, and most of the industry is gone.
Isn't it wonderful how Nature just takes stuff back?
Yes, I love to watch Nature re-colonising the sites we abandon. She moves with remarkable speed.
Mind you, a lot of British canals have re-opened in recent years. People love (a) living beside water and (b) messing about in boats. There are even plans (probably not very far advanced) to re-open the canals I've pictured here.
Edited at 2008-07-31 03:17 pm (UTC)
The canal with rushes is a pleasure to look at, and particularly fine are the purple flowers against the red bricks.
Those purple flowers smelled nice too!