Abandoned mill in Delph, Oldham, near Manchester

For the purists out there, this is actually in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but that’s for another day.

This is the abandoned Bailey Mill in Delph, most of which was recently lost in an enormous fire.

Anyway, I do have pictures of the not there any more bit but took them about 12 months ago so thought I’d put this one here. I think they are going to build flats or houses or something here so it won’t be around for much longer.


Polish Trees!

Not an entreaty to undertake a decidedly odd and ultimately fruitless task (pun not intended), but a sighting of some amazing examples in Poland.

Provided by the most excellent Enda, whose company I was privileged to keep one evening in Galway along with my brother, Andrew, sister in law Georganne and Enda’s girlfriend.

He says: “you will notice the chimney tower, but if you zoom into the rooftops of the abandoned factory buildings you can see bloody forests growing on some! its a surreal sight.”

Here is the location.

A big “thank you” to Enda and I wish him the best of success with his site via the pages of this blog 🙂

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Mill chimney near Marsden. Fantastic example of a “mature sapling”.

A great example in a mill chimney; from the Huddersfield Road near Marsden.

I’ve always found this valley a little odd feeling; crossing over the top of the A62 from Saddleworth has always felt like travelling to a very different place.

This tree, however, would make any journey seem worthwhile, however unsettled the visitor would be by Huddersfield and its environs:

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Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

A fine submission from my erstwhile colleague, Matthew Green – taken this weekend at the beautiful and highly recommended Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds.

A couple of these trees aren’t as close to the top of the buildings as we would normally allow, but given the excellent location and Matt’s extra special effort in obtaining the pictures, we decided to allow it.

I visited the Abbey with my young children several years ago and recommend it heartily as a day out. The tripadvisor reviews seem to agree too!

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Our first tree in Scotland!

So my excellent colleague, Christine, visited the beautiful Rothesay recently and captured this lovely tree atop a church steeple. I visited Rothesay something like 30 years ago with my mum and dad in our little sailing boat as part of a 2 week stint around the highlands. This, along with a cruise in the same boat the year after was probably the best time I ever had in my life 🙂

Chris tells me the church is for sale.


Abandoned Mill, Oldham

I spotted this from a tram on my way in to Manchester. My eldest daughter had to do a photography project a few weeks later, so I suggested this place.

It’s an awesome and very large abandoned mill near to the centre of Oldham.

There were pigeons flying about and loud water dripping type noises, so it was pretty creepy. There are lots more shots I will upload later, but I was keen to share this find with you trees fans!