Our county town is Stafford. It doesn’t have many claims to fame – a castle (ruined), a wetland area, and a town centre jail. Like many medium sized towns in the UK, the town centre has been decimated by the trend towards out of town shopping centres. But there is this rather attractive park that runs right through it…
This old stone bridge used to carry the A41 road over the River Meese near Newport, Shropshire, and dates back to the early 19th Century. It was bypassed in the 1950s by a pre-stressed concrete bridge and is now protected as a Grade II listed structure.
This strange looking affair in Market Drayton is a WW2 ‘pill box’, a name given to reinforced concrete defence structures. It was built in 1940, and stands at the junction of Newcastle Road, and what is now known as the Shropshire Union Canal. It could be manned by a compliment of 8 infantry armed with rifles and machine guns. It’s the only one of its type remaining, and as such is a ‘listed’ or protected building.
Driving up to Doncaster today to see a relative in hospital, I decided to make a short detour to Lumsdale Falls on the edge of the Peak District. As seems usual each time I go there, it was raining, but this made for some nice highlights on the rocks. I took a few shots with my phone, but the Sony A7iii comes into it’s own with a subject like this.
Lumsdale Falls – Sony A7iii & 24-105mm
… actually a bridge ‘to Farndon’. Built in 1339 (yes, 1339) this bridge crosses the River Dee, at this point the border between England and Wales. Only wide enough for one car at a time to cross, traffic is controlled by lights.