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Friday, March 30, 2012

192 Bus Stepping Hill to Piccadilly

The 192 bus is the work horse ploughing the A6 (Wellington Road) between the Rising Sun Pub in Hazel Grove and Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport and Piccadilly Station in Manchester. The 192 bus is estimated to carry over 9 million passengers a year and is one of the most used bus routes in the UK.

The 192 Bus travels north from either Hazel Grove or Stepping Hill past Great Moor, Stockport Grammar School and Stockport School in Davenport, St. George's ChurchStockport Town HallStockport Station, Stockport Precinct (Merseyway Shopping Centre), Heaton Chapel, Levenshulme, Longsight, Ardwick and onto to Manchester Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens.

The N192 is the night bus following the same route on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights every 10 minutes, until 3:40am from the Manchester end and 2:55am from Hazel Grove.

Look out for the green, hybrid #192 buses which have free WiFi.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tudor Style Buildings in Chester

Chester is well known for its plentiful original Tudor buildings as well as a number of more recent mock-Tudor constructions, many of them dating from the Victorian age.

These distinctive black and white timber buildings dot the city and include pubs such as The Bear & Billet Inn at 94 Lower Bridge Street, built in 1661 (see photograph below).

Tudor buildings were traditionally built from oak with the timbers stained from black tar as protection from the weather. The windows were leaded and the white effects are wattle and daub with an overlay of lime wash.

Chester's attractions include The Cross, Dewa Roman Experience, Chester's Roman Amphitheater, St John's Church, the Meadows, Grosvenor Park, Chester Cathedral, the River Dee and the Rows.

Chester prospered as a Tudor town and its heritage from those times can still be appreciated in its present day architecture, even though many of the buildings you see today in Tudor style are more recent constructs.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Great Pulteney Street in Bath

Great Pulteney Street is a broad thoroughfare connecting Bathwick with the City of Bath via Pulteney Bridge. The View from the Bath side of the bridge extends to the Holburne Museum of Art.

Great Pulteney Street was commissioned by Sir William Pulteney, and it was designed by the architect Thomas Baldwin. Baldwin only constructed the facade, however, which means that, although outwardly similar, the properties have different interior layouts. Great Pulteney Street was erected between 1789 and 1792.

Great Pulteney Street in Bath

Great Pulteney Street is over 300 metres long and 30 metres wide, which makes it the widest and grandest street in Bath. Famous former residents of Great Pulteney Street include Jane Austen and the anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce.

Great Pulteney Street in Bath

Great Pulteney Street is located in central Bath on the east side of the River Avon beginning at Pulteney Bridge. Visitors to Great Pulteney Street may also want to visit the nearby St Michael's Church or the Victoria Art Gallery.

Great Pulteney Street map

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Eyam Church

St Lawrence is the parish church of the Derbyshire village of Eyam and its founding dates from Saxon times. The Eyam Parish Church of St. Lawrence is connected with the events of the plague that hit the village in the mid-17th century when the parishioners cut themselves off from the outside world to prevent the spread of the disease.

St Lawrence Parish Church in Eyam is a mix of original features of Saxon and Norman times as well as later restorations undertaken in the 17th century, when the tower was constructed, and again in the Victorian era, when further work on the church was done.

The church contains the original parish register from the plague times, noting the deaths at the time in the village, when 276 people out of the total of 350 inhabitants of Eyam perished from the infectious disease.

The graveyard of Eyam Church contains an eighth-century Celtic Cross, decorated with a mix of pagan and Christian iconography. The Eyam cross may originally have served as a preaching cross.

Other features of note at St Lawrence's are the table tomb of Catherine Mompesson, the rector's wife at the time of the plague, and an 18th century sundial on the south wall of the church.

Close to the church and Eyam Hall are a set of wooden stocks.

Eyam is well-known as the Plague Village of the Black Death of 1665, when the villagers isolated themselves from the wider community to avoid further contagion of the deadly disease.
Eyam is a short drive from Buxton on the A623.

Eyam Church
Parish Office
Church Street
Hope Valley
S32 5QH

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Meadows Chester

The Meadows (aka Earls Eye) on the south side of the River Dee in Chester is an area of open heath-like ground popular with dog walkers, horse riders, cattle, joggers and people just chilling out.

The Meadows is accessible by crossing Old Dee Bridge and turning left along Queen's Park Road and Queen's Drive. The more southerly entrance is via Meadows Lane and Bottoms Lane.

Looking out over The Meadows in Chester across the River Dee

The Meadows in Chester is one among the number of Chester's attractions including The Cross, Dewa Roman Experience, Chester's Roman Amphitheater, St John's Church, the Meadows, Grosvenor Park, Chester Cathedral, the River Dee and the Rows.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Cross Chester

The Cross is the ancient centre of the city of Chester in north west England and stands at the intersection of Chester's four main shopping streets: Bridge Street, Watergate Street, Northgate Street and Eastgate Street.

Chester Cross by Peter I. Vardy

The Cross marks the location of the ancient Roman Principia, the military HQ of the Roman forces in Deva. The Cross or High Cross dates originally from the 14th century but the vicissitudes of history have meant that the present red sandstone, crown-topped cross was built in 1949.

Signpost to The Cross, Chester

There are daily proclamations at 12 noon at The Cross by Chester's Town Crier and the monument has become a popular meeting and hanging out point.

The Cross in Chester can be visited along with nearby Dewa Roman Experience, Chester's Roman Amphitheater, St John's Church, the Meadows, Grosvenor Park, Chester Cathedral, the River Dee and the Rows.

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