Hip to See Squares: Ten Great Focal Piazzas

Our Latest Not So Perfect Ten looks at a fistful of focal piazzas outside London

In the last fifteen months, many of us have become more aware of their surroundings thanks to lockdown conditions. Exercising and trips out for essential items have been a local affair. Working from home has meant more people knowing their way around the local Co-op (other convenience store chains are available) instead of city centres or business parks.

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John Nield Conservatory Saved? Could Demolition Threat Be Averted?

Future of Stamford Park’s Conservatory lies in balance

After an initial stay of execution, the future of John Nield Conservatory in Stamford Park still lies in the balance. If demolition went ahead this summer, the iconic conservatory would have been replaced by a manicured garden, which would have opened in September this year.

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John Nield Conservatory, David Dixon (2011).

Save Our Summer House! Stamford Park Conservatory Demolition Threat

Tameside MBC decides on demolition instead of restoration of iconic conservatory

Here’s a poser for you: what have Dukinfield Hall, Stalybridge Town Hall and the Stamford Park boating lake café got in common? If you guessed historic buildings in Tameside, well done. If you guessed historic buildings in Tameside that have been demolished after the Second World War, award yourself a gold star.

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In Pictures: A Stagecoach Spruce Up for Davyhulme Park

Partnership with local school and community group

How does your garden grow?

A couple of years back, Stagecoach Manchester teamed up with local community groups for the refurbishment of Hullard Park. Two years on, with a little help from Davyhulme Primary School and One Trafford Partnership, Davyhulme Park was given a fresh look.

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Whatever Happened to Pyramid Park?

Who remembers Pyramid Park, Bury’s homage to The Valley of the Kings?

1970 was a far from joyous year for some of British Rail’s passengers. The last of The Reshaping of British Railways closures were under way. In Greater Manchester and Derbyshire, on the 04 January, this affected the service from Manchester Piccadilly to Hayfield. Passenger services between Hadfield and Penistone – on the Woodhead line – ceased operation.

In the spring of 1970, SELNEC launched the Trans-Lancs Express bus route from Bolton to Stockport. Between Bolton and Rochdale it followed the railway line via Radcliffe and Heywood. This closed later that year and led to the introduction of additional part route journeys along the Trans-Lancs Express. Continue reading “Whatever Happened to Pyramid Park?”