Saturday, 2 March 2019

Trains & Signal's ....





Red Box Quarter !




Old and new...

The RED BOX Quarter is set within a substantial and attractive Grade II listed former Post Office and Royal Mail delivery building set on a site of 0.93 acres. The name has been taken from its former use and the existing red phone boxes to its entrance.
The former Post Office has a Renaissance style façade fronting on to Abingdon Street and has retained its charm with many existing features both internally and externally. This provides the main entrance into the new retail and leisure development.

From the brilliant https://liveblackpool.info/about/town-centre/blackpool-post-office/ office of Jane Littlewood ..we have the following from 2018

Blackpool Post Office is set for a transformation. New life is to be breathed into the old building as it’s developed into the Red Box Quarter.
New designs were revealed in January 2018, showing how Blackpool’s former main Post Office could be transformed into a contemporary shopping and leisure hub.

The revised proposals for the Grade II listed building on Abingdon Street – now called the Red Box Quarter – have been formally approved by planners. The name has been taken from the well loved row of red phone boxes which will be retained at the entrance. To the rear of the building is Edward Street and there’s an in internal courtyard which was used for parking.


Plans include a restaurant at plaza level, a rooftop bar on the Edward Street elevation and a mini designer outlet. The original scheme for a 50-bedroom hotel has been shelved.

Lets hope we don't get another fire ...

Two boys aged 13 and 14 are facing a police rap after trespassing and starting a fire at the old Abingdon Street Post Office.

Fire crews had to clamber through windows at the famous building to put out the blaze at 4.20pm on Boxing Day ( 2018 ) 
Witnesses reported a passer-by narrowly escape injury when a glass pane from the building, which was built in 1910, crashed to the pavement below.
When police were alerted, two youths were found inside the property.
They were detained and will be interviewed by police at a later date.
Watch manager Warren Topp, from Forest Gate Fire Station, said four crews attended and they were faced with a difficult job.
He said: “It was an extremely dangerous site as there were parts of the floor missing and holes everywhere. It’s all being ripped out as part of being redeveloped. But if a fire took hold it could still cause a big issue.
True to form with damage in the town nothing was done about the 'children'....


All images/postcards - Juliette W Gregson Photography

Samlesbury Hall - Step back in time ...

Samlesbury Hall is a historic house in Samlesbury, Lancashire, England, six miles (10 km) east of Preston. It was built in 1325 by Gilbert de Southworth (b. 1270), and was the primary home of the Southworth family until the early 17th century.
Samlesbury Hall may have been built to replace an earlier building destroyed during a raid by the Scots, during The Great Raid of 1322. The hall has been many things in its past including a public house and a girls' boarding school, but since 1925, when it was saved from being demolished for its timber, it has been administered by a registered charitable trust, the Samlesbury Hall Trust. This Grade I listed medieval manor house attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year.
Samlesbury Hall is open to the public daily except on Saturdays.





Before being owned by the Southworths, Samlesbury manor belonged to the d'Ewyas family.
Gilbert de Southworth of Warrington acquired half of the manor by marriage to Alice d'Ewyas and is credited with building the Great Hall around 1325. His great-grandson Thomas built the south-west wing. Southworth descendants held their part of the manor until 1677–78, when it was sold by Edward Southworth to Thomas Bradyll. Bradyll never lived at the hall but stripped much of its interior features to use at his main house of Conishead Priory at Ulverston. He then rented the hall out to handloom weavers before it was converted into the Bradyll Arms inn in 1830. The next owner was John Cooper, who bought the building in 1850 and leased it to Mrs Mary Ann Harrison as a co-educational boarding school. She established a Pestolozzian Institution at the hall, based on the ideas of the 18th-century Swiss educational reformer Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. The school was well ahead of its time and in some ways anticipated the better-known Montessori system by about fifty years. 






Joseph Harrison, of Galligreaves Hall, a prominent Blackburn industrialist, substantially renovated the hall after he bought it in November 1862.[ William Harrison, Joseph’s eldest son, lived at the hall until 1879, when he committed suicide. A fall on the ice in January of that year caused traumatic injuries to William’s brain and a leg, resulting in extreme depression. His father, Joseph Harrison, died the next year at Galligreaves Hall, 18 February 1880, "after a prolonged illness".Ownership of the hall then passed to Joseph’s youngest son, Henry, who resided in Blackburn. He was mayor of Blackburn in 1880–81 and became an Honorary Freeman of the Borough.
Although still owned by the Harrisons, the hall was tenanted for a number of years by Frederick Baynes and his family. Baynes was also a mayor of Blackburn, serving from 1896 to 1897. When Henry Harrison died in 1914, the estate of Samlesbury Hall was entailed to his nephew Mr. M. J. C. Johnston, son of Henry’s sister Agnes.
However, the hall had been left empty since 1909 until it was bought in 1924 by a building firm who intended to demolish it and build a housing estate. After money was raised by public subscription, the hall was purchased in 1925 and put in the hands of the Samlesbury Hall Trust, who have managed it since then.









The hall was built with its solar end windows facing east, as was the practice. When the chapel was constructed 140 years later, it too was built to face east. However, when the chapel was connected to the main hall 60 years later, the angle of connection was less than 90° because of the solstice change in the Sun's position over the years. The chapel was originally built by the Southworth family to upgrade the house to a manor house, which had to have a large household, a chapel and priest, a store of fish for Fridays, usually a pond and a water mill and a grain store. Therefore Samlesbury Hall reflects the building styles and religious beliefs from the 14th century to the present day. 


 







Thursday, 24 January 2019

Amazing Graze, United Blackpool and Bobby Ball ...

I was asked tonight would I like to come and take some pictures of an old church ..by my good friend Will Ritchie and owner of  https://thebplbible.co.uk/ Little did I know this would be a surprise with a fantastic old church, ITV television and Bobby Ball !!

Mark was inspired to set up Amazing Graze in 2012 after turning his life around from a background of drink, drugs and petty crime. Within three months, the Christian goodwill group was serving food and preaching gospel to more than 300 rough sleepers per week. They used to meet every Friday and Saturday night at their headquarters on Boothley Road, where they serve up more than 20,000 hearty plates of food to Blackpool’s poorest and most disenfranchised residents. 

All of the group’s volunteers are trained in health and social care and first aid, and are dedicated to supporting homeless people with drug and alcohol problems through every step of their recovery. According to Mark, there are a number of factors contributing to the rise in people coming to his team for help. “This is mainly because we get quite a lot of problems coming in from elsewhere,” he said. “People who come here when they were 12 or 13 with their parents, when they’re 18 with nowhere to go, they think they’ll come to Blackpool, and they find it’s not as nice as they remember.
All of the group’s volunteers are trained in health and social care and first aid, and are dedicated to supporting homeless people with drug and alcohol problems through every step of their recovery. According to Mark, there are a number of factors contributing to the rise in people coming to his team for help. “This is mainly because we get quite a lot of problems coming in from elsewhere,” he said. “People who come here when they were 12 or 13 with their parents, when they’re 18 with nowhere to go, they think they’ll come to Blackpool, and they find it’s not as nice as they remember.

Read more at: https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/our-region/blackpool/soup-kitchen-sees-rise-in-desperate-families-in-blackpool-1-8325652
All of the group’s volunteers are trained in health and social care and first aid, and are dedicated to supporting homeless people with drug and alcohol problems through every step of their recovery. According to Mark, there are a number of factors contributing to the rise in people coming to his team for help. “This is mainly because we get quite a lot of problems coming in from elsewhere,” he said. “People who come here when they were 12 or 13 with their parents, when they’re 18 with nowhere to go, they think they’ll come to Blackpool, and they find it’s not as nice as they remember.

Read more at: https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/our-region/blackpool/soup-kitchen-sees-rise-in-desperate-families-in-blackpool-1-8325652V
All of the group’s volunteers are trained in health and social care and first aid, and are dedicated to supporting homeless people with drug and alcohol problems through every step of their recovery. According to Mark, there are a number of factors contributing to the rise in people coming to his team for help. “This is mainly because we get quite a lot of problems coming in from elsewhere,” he said. “People who come here when they were 12 or 13 with their parents, when they’re 18 with nowhere to go, they think they’ll come to Blackpool, and they find it’s not as nice as they remember.

Read more at: https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/our-region/blackpool/soup-kitchen-sees-rise-in-desperate-families-in-blackpool-1-8325652
All of the group’s volunteers are trained in health and social care and first aid, and are dedicated to supporting homeless people with drug and alcohol problems through every step of their recovery. According to Mark, there are a number of factors contributing to the rise in people coming to his team for help. “This is mainly because we get quite a lot of problems coming in from elsewhere,” he said. “People who come here when they were 12 or 13 with their parents, when they’re 18 with nowhere to go, they think they’ll come to Blackpool, and they find it’s not as nice as they remember.

Read more at: https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/our-region/blackpool/soup-kitchen-sees-rise-in-desperate-families-in-blackpool-1-8325652

However Amazing Graze, which was facing homelessness, has found somewhere new to help Blackpool’s neediest people.
The organisation’s founder Mark Butcher appealed for help finding new premises after the group was asked to leave its base in Boothley Road so repairs can be done.
Now it has been offered the ground floor of a former baptist church in Bolton Street, which means the resort’s most vulnerable people will continue to get the 
help they need







 https://www.facebook.com/unitedblackpool/

Since starting in October United Blackpool have helped to house around 15 people. Assisting getting a number of these people clean from drink and drugs. With the partnership and the aid of Amazing Graze we have continued to support these people once off the street and we intend to keep this number rising. On our weekly outreach missions we have fed over 100 people and handed out around 70 jackets and sets of gloves and scarves.
2019 is a big year for us and we have a lot of plans in the pipeline. We want to carry on raising awareness of the homeless crisis and inspire people to help change our town.
We are all only humans, and we all have full time jobs. We couldn't do any of this without the support of you guys so thankyou for that!
Keep up with your random acts of kindness and keep liking and sharing our posts 



The news will be a relief to those who use the group. Several had voiced worries over the future in recent weeks. And Mark said the plan is to also open on a Wednesday afternoon, so volunteers can help pensioners in the South Shore area too, and not just the homeless population. “We are ecstatic to find a building that meets all our needs,” he said. “We are going to be opening as a community centre as well. “We want to make it more of a community hub, and we want to help locals as well as the homeless.  



Mark said it will cost around £15,000 to transform the building into the centre, with around £4,000 already donated by local businesses and around £600 raised by well-wishers. He said the group hopes to raise the rest through “the local community in labour and parts”, and said: “We need the community to come together and give us what they can. We have had an electrical contractor offer to supply us with lights and fittings. Howdens have offered to fit us a kitchen.” Amazing Graze is planning to leave Boothley Road after its last day, “the last Friday in February”, and re-open “on the first Tuesday in March”, Mark said. Help is now needed to transform the ground floor of the new premises, with a military museum currently there due to move upstairs.


The Building itself has quite the history – Alexandra road congregational church – James Wayman was largely responsible for securing the site for the erection of this church. The Victora congregational church had paid for the ‘tin tabernacle’ which was formally opened in 1891. The current 3 storey building brick built in 1898 on the corner with 48 Bolton Street by then
the name had changed to Alexandra united reformed church and was opened on the 19th January 1900, records also show a rebuild took place in 1908.
A Sunday school, the Wayman Memorial School was built next door in 1912, the church itself was closed in 2016 to be sold for development.  
 


The news will be a relief to those who use the group. Several had voiced worries over the future in recent weeks. And Mark said the plan is to also open on a Wednesday afternoon, so volunteers can help pensioners in the South Shore area too, and not just the homeless population. “We are ecstatic to find a building that meets all our needs,” he said. “We are going to be opening as a community centre as well. “We want to make it more of a community hub, and we want to help locals as well as the homeless.

Read more at: https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/amazing-graze-s-new-home-where-it-s-going-to-be-and-why-it-desperately-needs-your-help-1-9554201


Saturday, 19 January 2019

Tram Tracks & Toilets - Part 3 !!!

Making Blackpool Better – town centre improvement works !
January update
Promenade closure
The re-opening of Blackpool Promenade around North Pier has been put back to allow for snagging works to be carried out on roadworks associated with the new tramway extension.
The stretch of road between West Street and Queens Square was due to reopen on Monday 21 January but will now remain closed until the end of February.
The delay does not affect the completion date of all other roadworks associated with the tramway extension.
Talbot Road works
The works on Talbot Road between the Promenade and Dickson Road are on schedule for completion by the end of the February 2019. The junction of Abingdon Street and Talbot Road remains open.
Signed diversion routes remain in place and there is pedestrian access to all businesses which are open as usual.
Traffic can leave the Promenade at Church Street to access West Street car park.
Blackpool Council
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the delay and thank residents and businesses for bearing with us while we improve Blackpool’s roads as part of the regeneration of the town centre.

More next week !! 

Preston Vintage Buildings & Sights

Taken in 2018 ( in better weather !! ) 

Guess the locations !! 













Blackpool Tower 2013

A visit to Blackpool Tower this time in 2013 













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