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Regarding Trash

Following on from yesterday’s post ‘Roundhouse: Litter Shrine‘ –  here are some links to sites and web pages on the theme of  trash, rubbish and art:

By Canadian based artist Michel de Broin, the Dead Star is a sculpture formed from batteries at the end of their functional life:

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Alice Bradshaw has a whole research project going on. This is a great website:

http://contemporaryrubbish.wordpress.com/trash/

Trash

OED Definition
Pronunciation: /traSH/
Noun: discarded matter; refuse; cultural items, ideas, or objects of poor quality; a person or people regarded as being of very low social standing
Verb [with object]: 1 informal damage or wreck; discard; (computing) kill (a file or process) or wipe (a disk); criticize severely; intoxicated with alcohol or drugs. 2 strip (sugar cane) of its outer leaves to ripen it faster.
Origin: late Middle English: of unknown origin. The verb is first recorded (mid 18th century) in trash (sense 2 of the verb); the other senses have arisen in the 20th century

“Trash is the visible interface between everyday life and the deep, often abstract terrors of ecological crisis.” – Heather Rogers, Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage.

“The subversive potential of trash” – Klaus Neumann

“Trash has a history of its own because you find objects that have been worked, that have lived, that have existed; that they have taken on a certain beauty. But there is also anonymous trash. For instance, if you go to a tin worker, you’ll find pieces of tin, neutral, anonymous pieces of tin. […] To me trash is not ‘what society rejects’, but ‘a useful material that someone left lying around.” César in interview with S. Frauchereau and J. Ristat in Diagraphe no. 29, March 1983

“I truly think that trash should stop being refuse, before the artist can make use of it.” Tony Cragg – Trash Art, Internationales Forum Für Gestaltung, Ulm 1992

“I have never been interested in trash, it;s a generic term and it is so irresponsible to use it.” Tony Cragg – Tony Cragg ed. Germano Celant, Charta, Milan 1997

Mount Everest has an increasing amount of rubbish being left.

A group of artists have now turned eight tonnes of this trash – including the remains of a helicopter – into works of art and sculpture to highlight the issue of littering on the slopes of Everest. It took 65 porters and 75 yaks to carry down the rubbish from the mountain over two Spring expeditions.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/9695352/Everest-rubbish-turned-into-art.html

Song Dong clutter collection:

Chinese artist Song Dong has scooped up five decades of his mother’s clutter and is showcasing it at a London exhibition called Waste Not.
All 10,000 items are on display at the Barbican’s Curve Gallery to illustrate the strong bonds between family members and how the power of objects tell stories and shape lives.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2101322/Art-just-rubbish-Artist-showcases-10-000-items-hoarded-mother-50-years-including-bits-old-soap-toothpaste-tubes.html#ixzz2JdlVrtRg

Kurt Schwitters:

Sheep bones, nails, pegs, a scrubbing brush, a metal toy – all, according to avant garde German artist Kurt Schwitters, are on a par with paint, and all appear in collages and sculptures in a London show dedicated to his time in Britain in the 1940s.

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/schwitters-britain

And finally, I love the feature documentary ‘Waste Land’ – about the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz:

http://www.wastelandmovie.com/index.html

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Ancoats Beach (Field Trip 3)

Buying a rake.

But arriving at the site and seeing there were three Environment Agency Vehicles there.

An animal hole.

The snow has melted.

Patterns in the sand.

Starting at the gated land that was once the Ancoats Nursery School…..

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And as Ancoats Nursery School was, on Palmerston Street, 1965.

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Ancoats Nursery School on Palmerston Street, 1965. Courtesy J. Shaw

Due to the snowmelt the river Medlock is high today….

IMG_2944 IMG_2946The Environment Agency arrived to clear some of the rubbish….one of the men said that they would clear the sand away at some point. The barriers are to prevent trees and large rubbish entering the culverts in Manchester city centre. Once larger objects enter the culverts it is hard to remove them, and they can cause flooding.

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Ancoats Beach (Field Trip 2)

Circling the Beach looking for concentric clues.

Melancholic trash.

Limekiln remains. Bricks.

Beswick poverty, poor store protected by monumental stones.

The invisible Ancoats Art Museum.

Manchester University Settlement and the Roundhouse.

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loneliness / solitude

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the suchness of everyday objects / the uniqueness of a thing in and of itself

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a feeling of nostalgia

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mystery / hidden, ineffible dimension of reality

IMG_2845 IMG_2848Footpath up Lime Bank….

IMG_2850The birthday balloon has moved from the fence by the river and up the track…

IMG_2851 IMG_2852 IMG_2853Lime Bank, off Ashton Old Road….

IMG_2854‘Dark Island’ – all the way from the Orkney Brewery…

IMG_2855 IMG_2856I thought this mini-mart was probably closed down. But it is an ongoing open business. The council put the stone blocks around it after several car ram-raids on the shop….

IMG_2857 IMG_2858 IMG_2859I asked one of the guys in the shop if they knew where this stone came from, but they didn’t know. I was hoping it might have come from Ancoats Hall / Art Museum. Would love to find out.

IMG_2863Ardwick Youth Club demolition is progressing….

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IMG_2868This uprooted tree must have seeded  on top of a demolished building site – many bricks in the roots…

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IMG_2885The site of Ancoats Hall and Ancoats Art Museum.

The Art Museum Committee was formed in December 1877, with the support and involvement of the Manchester Literary Club, the Manchester and Salford Sanitary Association, of which Thomas Horsfall had long been a member, the Manchester Statistical Society, local branches of the Sunday Society, the Ancoats Recreation Committee, and, from 1879, the Ruskin Society. Owens College and the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts were also involved, and support came from the Manchester Guardian in the shape of journalists W. T. Arnold and C. P. Scott. Despite a general air of moral support, the local and national depression was partly responsible for a lack of funding for Horsfall’s Art Museum project, and the delays this caused were compounded by difficult negotiations with Manchester Corporation. Although rooms were initially taken for the Art Museum at a new gallery in Queen’s Park, in north Manchester, relations between the Art Museum Committee and the Parks Committee broke down, and the former seat of the Mosley family at Ancoats Hall on the western bank of the River Medlock was not eventually secured until 1886, when it became the Museum’s home.

It eventually closed in 1953 when most of the collection was transferred to the Manchester Art Gallery (formerly the Royal Manchester Institution).

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(Note Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed at Ancoats Hall in 1745 – entertained by Oswald Mosley in the house which was then a Tudor design.)

In 1800 Mosely sold the Hall the local mill owner George murray, who demolished the hall and built a smaller Gothic structure in its place. That Hall was the one bought by T.C. Horsfall in 1876.

When the Hall became the Art Museum, William Morris helped Horsfall with wallpapers and textiles, which went up alongside engravings of Pre-Raphaelite works, and paintings by G.F.Watts and Turner.

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Ancoats Hall, 20 Every Street,  1964 © Manchester Libraries

See blog on Thomas Horsfell and Manchester Art Museum

A lime kiln lane 1884Lime Kiln Lane, detail from 1880 OS for South Lancashire, courtsey of Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.co.uk/

The events being the Man City matches mainly…..

IMG_2891This circular brick wall marks the spot of Christ Church, otherwise known as ‘The Round House’, opened in 1824. This was a chapel for the Bible Christian Movement. Members of the church were vegetarian and also political radicals. The first members BCM followed the lead of charismatic preacher William Cowherd who preached the revolutionary politics of Thomas Paine. Cowherd died before the chapel was established and his successor was Joseph Brotherton, who later became Salford’s first MP. Note that Brotherton’s wife, Martha, wrote the first vegetarian cookbook in 1812. The Church closed in 1880, moved into the hands of the Salvation Army and then to the Manchester University Settlement (which was also based at the nearby Ancoats Hall). In 1963 the Settlement moved out of Ancoats Hall and the building was subsequently demolished.

The chapel was sited on a burial ground, the gravestones of which are visible and arranged around the circle.

Through the silver birches can be seen the towers of All Soul’s Church further down Every Street.

IMG_2894The circle is sadly neglected and has become a tip for rubbish…..

IMG_2898 IMG_2903 IMG_2904 IMG_2906 IMG_2909 IMG_2913All Soul’s Church on Every Street. Pevsner describes it as “idiosyncratic Romanesque” in style. It closed in 1981.

‘Every’ comes from Yvery after Baron Yvery, whose daughter married into the landowning Mosley family.

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IMG_2938There was a school here on Palmerston Street – now demolished….

IMG_2939A brief return to the Round House site. “Dee Dee” (dog?) and glass table tops…

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Medlock Drift 19: London Road to Ancoats Bridge

This area is the most chopped up, culverted and dark section of the River Medlock. As with most of the river in the city, the access and viewing points are hidden, hard to find and unwelcoming. To anthropomorphise a little, I would say the river here is depressed and unseen – even unwanted. The Bond Street and Baring Street industrial estates are seedy, grim sites. The river flows under many of the warehouses and businesses – silent and apologetic. For most of the walk I felt uneasy. This is an urban landscape of dodgy deals, broken bricks, muddy car parks, prostitution, and lurking danger.

Starting from Berry St and the back of the Macdonald Manchester Hotel (previously the BT building. Architect J L Hammond). Just visible, through the pillars,  is the Holloway Wall – a curious piece of brutalist modernism acting as a work of art and also a sound barrier for the old UMIST site.

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Victory House, later Telecom House, was completed in 1973 and designed by architect J L Hammond. The building was originally intended to be a hotel. At that time, tax relief was given to hotel builders, but shortly before it was due to open, the legislation changed, and the developer was forced to adapt it for office use.

“Graceful in its position, snaking down London Road, unusual window patterns, good detailing (especially on the rooftop plant blocks) and very elegantly and cleverly supported on slender supports this building is somewhat of a Cinderella. Ironically permission has recently been given to turn part of the building back into a hotel.” (Information and comments by Eddy Rhead)

IMG_2410 IMG_2411This vast warehouse seems to be currently unused….

IMG_2412The Medlock goes into the tunnel that takes it under the University of Manchester (old UMIST site) campus…..

IMG_2417 IMG_2420 IMG_2421This fragment of river is typical of how the river presents in this part of town. Emerging, curving and then disappearing under buildings….

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IMG_2423The river stays north of the Mancunian Way. On the left is the Unversity Halls of Residence. Under the Mancunian Way is the skate park….(see Steve Millington video above)….

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IMG_2431 IMG_2432 IMG_2434The river goes under Fed Ex building….

IMG_2435 IMG_2436 IMG_2437 IMG_2439Baring street is where the taxis for Piccadilly Station queue…

IMG_2440 IMG_2441 IMG_2442 IMG_2443The only way to see the river as it emerges from under the Fed Ex site is to go onto the Klyn & Klyne car park. There was no-one around so I went on to the fire escape. From there the river is on a corner and visible emerging and disappearing again….at which point an officious man in a fork lift truck had a rant at me….

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IMG_2449 IMG_2450The river runs somewhere under Temperance Street and Chapelfield Road…but hard to tell where exactly….

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IMG_2454Finding the river again going under Fairfield Street. A nondescript bridge….

IMG_2456 IMG_2457 IMG_2458 IMG_2461Helmet Street, Aldow Industrial Park. The Medlock is behind the trees and security fence….

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IMG_2468Ancoats Bridge marks the start of the Mancunian Way….

IMG_2469And on the other side of Ancoats Bridge is a promising piece of woodland with the path up to Holt Town and the Man. City Stadium…

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Medlock Drift 18: Clayton Vale to Alan Turing Bridge

13th January 2013.

Once a vast tip, Clayton Vale is now a well managed public amenity (and hence the least amount of rubbish on the whole river). Past industries include a print and dye works and Bradford Colliery. In around 1907 Manchester Corporation started to purchase buildings on the site for plans to use it as a tip for the ash cinders from Stuart St Power Station and as a municipal tip. Larger scale tipping started in the early 1920s at the western end of Clayton Vale, adjacent to Bank st Bridge, Clayton Vale Lane and the Manchester Corporation Sidings.

Waste disposal activities spread eastward down the valley and by 1966 the maps indicate that the entire area of Clayton Vale had either been used for tipping or was in current use as a landfill site. The landfill of the Vale took place prior to the Control of Pollution Act 1974 (which required that the disposal of all controlled wastes onto land be licensed); therefore the exact nature of the fill materials is not known. However, a review of documentation and historical maps held by MCC indicates that tipping commenced in Clayton Vale prior to 1909, with a small area of waste disposal located to the west of Clayton Vale House near Clayton Vale Bridge. It is understood that tipping ceased prior to 1974 and the historical maps indicate that the site was disused by 1981. The site was heavily polluted by industrial waste throughout the industrial revolution and even up to 1983. In 1982 Manchester City Council purchased the whole valley and began the reclamation of the site to turn it back into open space for the public.

IMG_2244Entrance gates to Medlock Vale…

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IMG_2256 IMG_2257 IMG_2258 IMG_2260 IMG_2262Work began in 1905 on the brick channel from the Iron Bridge at Clayton Vale to the bridge at Mill Street, now Alan Turing Way. Locally the river became known as the Red River because of the red bricks used to help with the flow of the river and to prevent flooding such as the famous one in 1872. On a 1909 map The River Medlock is shown as being culverted (A structure used to enclose the river to allow it to pass underneath a structure such as a road). By 1923 the River Medlock was fully canalised.

IMG_2263 IMG_2265 IMG_2266 IMG_2267 IMG_2268 IMG_2271 IMG_2273 IMG_2275 IMG_2277 IMG_2278 IMG_2282Tunnel under Bank Bridge Rd. The shape of the tunnel is unusual…

IMG_2285 IMG_2291 IMG_2292Industrial buildings at Philips Park on Riverpark Rd….

IMG_2293 IMG_2294 IMG_2296Philips Park Cemetery…..

IMG_2297The Jewish section of the cemetery is interesting. Only recently restored.

IMG_2298 IMG_2299 IMG_2301 IMG_2302This symbol on a Jewish headstone has got me curious. The snake eating its own tail or ‘ouroboros’ is an ancient mystical symbol, as far as I know not usually associated with Judaism.

IMG_2304 IMG_2308 IMG_2310 IMG_2312 IMG_2313 IMG_2314 IMG_2315 IMG_2318The exit of the river from the tunnel under Bank Bridge rd is not very accessible….brambles and scrubby bushes…..

IMG_2320Manchester Velodrome….

IMG_2321 IMG_2323Eithad / Man City Stadium behind the Bradford estate….

IMG_2326 IMG_2327 IMG_2328 IMG_2329 IMG_2330Here, as we reached Alan Turing Way, the river goes underground and under Holt Town, emerging from under New Viaduct St…..

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Turing’s homosexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution in 1952, when homosexual acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom. He accepted treatment with female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. Turing died in 1954, just over two weeks before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning. An inquest determined that his death was suicide; his mother and some others believed his death was accidental. On 10 September 2009, following an Internet campaign, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for “the appalling way he was treated”. As of May 2012, a private member’s bill was before the House of Lords which would grant Turing a statutory pardon if enacted. (Wikipedia)

IMG_2344 IMG_2347I found inner peace when I did my tax return…

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Philips Park Cemetery

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Medlock Drift 17: Woodhouses to Clayton Mill Bridge and back

The Brookdale golf course dominates this walk – though the path along the top of Bell Clough is lovely and provides good views into the valley. Over the railway and alongside Greenside is a muddy littered track. Arriving at Clayton Mill Bridge, there is a real sense of shift of mood. Here is the border from Tameside into Oldham district but also the start of Clayton Vale. The walk back up Millstream Lane and Green Lane is uninspiring – passing the MDW Industrial Estate and United Utilities owned sewage works. Vale Lane cuts off Medlock road for a more pleasant route back up to Woodhouses.

IMG_2174 IMG_2175Footbridge from golf course up to the track along Bell Clough…

IMG_2178Manchester & Ashton-Under-Lyne Canal (Hollinwood Branch)….

IMG_2179Bridge over canal….

IMG_2181Looking down over the golf course and into the vale….

IMG_2184 IMG_2185 IMG_2186 IMG_2187 IMG_2189 IMG_2190 IMG_2191 IMG_2192 IMG_2193Footpath over railway bridge to Greenside….

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IMG_2197 IMG_2199 IMG_2200 IMG_2201 IMG_2203 IMG_2204 IMG_2205 IMG_2206 IMG_2207 IMG_2208Coming out at the eastern end of Clayton Vale…..

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Clayton Mill Bridge….(not sure what ‘Walt(s?) ‘ refers to)

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Daisy Nook, M60, Brookdale Golf Course, Woodhouses

Interesting walk as this part of the Medlock goes under the M60. The walk goes under and over the motorway depending on approach.

Stannybrook road….

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IMG_2127Red Dragon on Oakhill Farm House….

IMG_2128Manchester & Ashton-Under-Lyne Canal (Hollinwood Branch)…..

IMG_2129Footbridge over M60….

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Medlock Road

IMG_2165 IMG_2166Cutting back down to the M60….

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Park Bridge and Daisy Nook

5th & 6th Jan 2013.

Returning to Park Bridge for more local exploration and then a second day walking from Park Bridge to the start of Daisy Nook.

Derelict K6 phone box at Dingle Terrace….

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The vast railway viaduct is sadly no longer….

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IMG_2020 IMG_2022 IMG_2023 IMG_2024(2)Up onto Bankfield Clough…

IMG_2027 IMG_2029 IMG_2033 IMG_2036Fairbottom Bobs….

IMG_2037 IMG_2039Park Bridge Road runs alongside the Medlock….

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IMG_2041 IMG_2042 IMG_2043 IMG_2044 IMG_2045 IMG_2046Ubiquitous rubbish….

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Alt to Park Bridge

30th Dec 2012.

Parking on Alt Lane and stumbling down to the wet and boggy banks of the Medlock between Alders Farm and Cockfields Farm. This is the section below Lees New Road and emerging from Leesbrook. The river showed signs of recent flooding with flattened grass and deposits of rubbish. Beyond the fields the river enters a small and atmospheric valley – the site of a mined coal seam. There are warning signs and sectioned off areas where the mine shafts used to be. Fragments of coal can still be picked up. The destination was Bridge Park – a significant heritage site.

Not sure of the meaning of the place name ‘Alt’. Probably from the Gaelic meaning stream or burn? But the Germanic word means ‘old’.

IMG_1971 IMG_1972 IMG_1973 IMG_1975Horse chewed bark….

IMG_1976 IMG_1977 IMG_1979Landslip and signs of coal…

IMG_1980 IMG_1981 IMG_1982 IMG_1984 IMG_1990 IMG_1991 IMG_1994 IMG_1995 IMG_1996 IMG_1997 IMG_1998 IMG_1999 IMG_2000 IMG_2001 IMG_2004Eldencross Ltd. is a warehouse and storage facility…..

IMG_2005From Wikipedia:

Samuel Lees junior founded Park Bridge ironworks in 1786 on 14 perches of land rented from the Earl of Stamford.[1] Originally the ironworks produced raw iron; the ironworks were some of the largest in 19th century Tameside, and one of the earliest ironworks in the northwest. Samuel Lees’ wife, Hannah Lees (née Buckley), inherited ownership of the ironworks on her husband’s death in 1804. Under Hannah Lees, the ironworks were expanded including the construction of a weir and a water power building on the River Medlock. The success of the ironworks precipitated the construction of worker housing in the 1820s. Further worker housing was added in the 1840s and 1850s.[2] The ironworks remained of the largest such works in Tameside, including a nearby colliery and associated with the Oldham, Ashton and Guide Bridge Railway. The business was inherited by another four generations of the Lees family, until the closure of the site.[3] The ironworks started to decline at the end of the 19th century with the cessation of coal mining in the Medlock Valley in 1887. Competition from the steel industry over a long period and the closure of the railway in 1959 further dented the profits. The ironworks finally closed in 1963, still under the control of the Lees family.[1]
The abandoned ironworks fell into decay and were demolished or reduced to ruins in the 1970s. Because the buildings were not recorded before their demolition, they site of the ironworks is of interest to archaeologists – particularly the University of Manchester Archaeological Unit – as part of the development of the later iron industry in the north west. In 1975 the Medlock and Tame Valley Conservation Association opened the Park Bridge Museum to encourage interest in the historical significance of Park Bridge.
In 1986, the museum became a visitor centre, and in 1995 was renamed the Park Bridge Heritage Centre.[1]
They provided rivets world wide. The Eiffel Tower and The Titanic both used their rivets in their construction.

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Reminiscences of Park Bridge

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Strinesdale and Waterhead

23rd December 2012.

This section of the walk picks up from Cairo and Majestic Mills near the Huddersfield Road in Oldham. Aptly named ‘Waterhead’ is the local area for two reservoirs and a water treatment plant. It is owned an managed by United Utilities. The site around Strinesdale was landscaped in the 1990s when the drinking water reservoirs were decommissioned. It is now a nature reserve. The upper reservoir is particularly lovely and leads up into the meandering valley of the Medlock to Roebuck Lane.

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Upper Strinesdale reservoir…

Strinesdale is an area of water and woodland covering approximately 40 acres (162,000 m²). In 1991, the reservoirs were drained and replaced by two smaller lakes with the old reservoir sites being planted with trees and grassland. The original reservoirs were built in 1828 and the erected plaque can be seen at Upper Strinesdale.

Strinesdale derives its name from the Old English “Strine” meaning boundary in connotation to the old Lancashire/Yorkshire boundary that ran through the middle of the site.
A flood struck Oldham on July 11 causing major damage across the area.

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Medlock emerges from bridge at Roebuck Lane. Not far beyond here is the source of the Medlock.

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Turning round and returning along the tracks on the east side of the reservoirs. There are many solid, yet rusting, signs of the industrial heritage.

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Back to the Huddersfield Road. The Waterhead Academy website says:

Our Academy opened in September 2010 and embodies the coming together of our two predecessor schools at Breeze Hill and Counthill, which were founded in 1960 and 1951 respectively.
Our Academy’s twin specialisms are English and Creative Technologies, each of which gives special impetus to our students’ ability to succeed in every area of the curriculum.
Our Academy embraces two Campuses: our Main Campus on Huddersfield Road and our Sports Campus on Counthill Road.
Our Main Campus is built on the site of a former spinning Mill and on the boundary line which separates the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire. One of the original boundary stones has been retained and is set within the wall at the Academy Entrance.

The Academy was built on the site of Orb Mill (demolished in 2004)

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Link to some interesting UrbEx exploration of the culverts under and around this area: Majestic Culverts

Link to United Utilities wiki