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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Leek, an English market town

Just one of many interesting shops in the town.



Home & Colonial was a grocery shop chain started by tea merchant Julius Drewe in 1883 and by the 20th cen. there were a hundred nationwide. There is some interesting facts HERE

Three days each week the restored Butter market opens for the indoor market.

A small part of the market.

This post box has lost it`s usual Red colour to honour Olympic Gold medal winner Anna Watkins a local lass. U.S readers this is a mail box that can be found in not just towns and villages but even in rural areas. This very evening I walked up from the canal and found a post box set in the wall of a barn in an area we call a Hamlet that consisted of a farm, a few houses and a pub set around a pond. Mail is not collected from outside homes as it is stateside.

"Off with her head" said the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. 

The Nicholson Institute built 1886 houses the library.

Still used as a bank since 1883, the picture below is the doorway on the right.




This 15C timber framed coaching Inn was built in 1626.



The Bird in Hand stands on the corner of Market Place. Look at those wonderful Chimneys



Market place is the site of the outdoor market.
 
 
 
Just a follow on to Jaq`s post on visual rhetoric the arrow means traffic runs in one direction only. Jaq says yes it means up in the sky. Jaq is amazed that this road in leek town centre was once open to traffic in both directions. We both think the driveway up to Chrisi Kincaid`s farm is wider than this.
  

1 comment:

Bryce said...

Traansport of A Different Sort:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek_and_Manifold_
Valley_Light_Railway

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWZbZGGnE6E

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbycPAEOTbs&feature=related

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs