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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Arbury Hall

Arbury Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan house, built on the site of a 12th century Augustinian Priory.

It has been the home of the Newdegate family for over 400 years. Arbury Hall was transformed by Sir Roger Newdigate (1719-1806) in the 18th century to become the finest example of Gothic Revival architecture in the country.

Arbury Hall.

Arbury Hall is set within 100 acres of lakes and parkland with 20 acres of formal gardens. The house and gardens have literary connections with George Eliot, the author of such English classics as Middlemarch and Mill on the Floss.

Her father was employed as the agent of the estate and Mary Ann Evans (aka George Eliot) was born here in 1819. In her first novel, Scenes from Clerical Life, Arbury Hall becomes Cheverel Manor, and its benevolent and reforming owner, Sir Roger Newdigate, Sir Christopher Cheverel.

Sir Roger Newdigate in the Library at Arbury by Arthur Devis.

Arbury Hall
Arbury Hall, Arbury Park, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 7PT
Tel: 02476 382 804

Hours: Arbury Hall and Gardens are open to the public only on Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays from April to August.

Arbury Hall, Warwickshire, UK.

Access: Take Junction 3 northbound on the A444 towards Nuneaton from the M6. Then take the B4112 Heath End Road and follow the signs for Arbury Hall.

Arbury Hall can be rented for private functions such as weddings and corporate events.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

New Islington Manchester

New Islington is a stop on the Manchester Metrolink just outside the city centre of Manchester within easy walking distance of the Northern Quarter and just one stop from Piccadilly Station.

New Islington Manchester UK.

The area has been considerably redeveloped as part of the attempted regeneration of inner city Manchester. Formerly the Cardroom Estate, part of Ancoats, the area was previously an industrial zone of mills located along the Ashton Canal and Rochdale Canal. The name "New Islington" was chosen by local residents as part of this regeneration led by the developers Urban Splash.

New Islington Manchester UK.

Chips is a modernist residential apartment building very much at the centre of the area's redevelopment. The brightly-colored wavy building was designed by architect Will Alsop and is called "Chips" as it looks like three, square cut chips balancing on one another.

New Islington Manchester UK.

Murray Mills, which was one of the first steam-powered cotton spinning factories in the world when it opened in 1804, and once employed over 1200 workers. Now parts of the original brick mill are being preserved and converted into over 120 one, two and three bedroom apartments.

New Islington Manchester UK.

Other developments include the Ice plant, previously an ice storage warehouse and Cutting Room Square.

Buses 216 and 231 run from Piccadilly Gardens to New Islington.

New Islington Manchester England.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ashton's Fish & Chip Shop Stockport

Ashton's Fish and Chip Shop, on the A6 in Great Moor, Stockport, has been serving up delicious fish and chips for a long time now. Most evenings when the shop is open, you are likely to see a queue of regular customers waiting patiently in line for their fix of fried cod or haddock, generous portions of chips, mushy peas, and that most northern of delicacies and acquired tastes, the steak and kidney pudding.

Owner Dave's traditional fish and chips are extremely good and served with a smile.

Ashton's Fish & Chip Shop Stockport.

If you don't want to queue there's a small dining room at the back of the shop.

Ashton's Fish and Chip Shop is on the 192 bus route to Stepping Hill Hospital from Stockport and Manchester, on the opposite side of the road from the Traveller's Call pub. Opening times are limited so please call ahead to avoid disappointment if you are travelling from far.

Further attractions in the Stockport area of Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, Stockport Market, Fred Perry's birthplace, Woodbank Park, the Viaduct, the Hat Works and Stockport Art Gallery.


Ashton's Fish & Chips
316 Buxton Road
Great Moor
Stockport SK2 7DD
Tel: 0161 487 2760

Ashton's is closed at the weekends and is usually open 11.30am-1.30pm and 4.30pm-6.30pm on weekdays, closing a little bit later at 6.45pm on Thursday and 7pm on Friday. Call to avoid disappointment.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

BBC North Media City Manchester

Fans of long-running BBC Breakfast, which is presented live from MediaCityUK in the Salford Quays area of Manchester, can relax on a replica sofa of the one used in the popular show.

BBC North Media City Manchester

As well as BBC Breakfast, BBC North produces Children's TV including Blue Peter, Sport's programmes including Match of the Day (MOTD), Learning, Radio 5 Live and Future Media and Technology.

BBC's buildings at Media City include Quay House and The Studios where the BBC Breakfast sofa can be found for your selfie.

The nearest Metrolink station to BBC North is MediaCityUK or Harbour City - take a tram from Piccadilly Station on the Eccles Line. The #9 bus links Salford Crescent rail station and Salford Shopping City with MediaCityUK and The Lowry at Salford Quays.

BBC North Media City Manchester

BBC North is close to The Lowry, The Lowry Outlet Mall, and the Imperial War Museum North.

Other attractions within the cities of Manchester and Salford include the Canal Street Gay VillageKing StreetChinatown, the Arndale CenterUrbis, the Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester Cathedral.

BBC North, Media City, Manchester.

Holiday Inn Hotel Media City

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