Pictorial Musings

We have not had time for pictorial comments recently so lets get right on with it!

Some time ago I included some pictures of men cutting down masses of innocent trees at Ruislip Lido.  Nothing has been done on this site, this is what it looked like a week ago, – tree stumps cost a fortune to remove – in the words of Ian Dury “What a waste”!

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Photo0611 Photo0610Lidls have a range of decoy animals for the garden, they are crafted out of tin metal, does this actually look like a duck to you?

Photo0651A sign of something becoming obsolete and out of vogue (even though you can get film for these still!)   The Pentax SLR with Lenes £19.99!   How long before digital cameras become obsolete?  Mobile Photos are beginning to become more popular now.

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At the Edinburgh Wool shop at a garden centre near Wendover they were selling toffee with a hammer to break it. Fond memories of my childhood days breaking toffee with a hammer.  Now toffees are taboo due to the fact they can pull out fillings!

Photo0590An unfortunate display on the front of this weeks’s Daily Mail magazine. The Queen appears to have big white ears, fancy transposing our monarch over a title!

Photo0650This album caught my eye in a local charity shop window!

Photo0621The slugs in my garden are appearing in a range of different colours, white, black and now something that looks rather like a human stool!Photo0652I was looking down my drain on one of the lovely sunny days, and noticed that the bricks were made by a company called Accrington Nori.  Turns out they are very strong engineering bricks, once exported to France for the base of the Eiffel Tower.

This is how Wikipedia tackles the subject!

Three theories are proposed:

  • Iron was written on the chimney of the brickworks, but with the I at the bottom
  • The letters IRON were placed backwards in the brick moulds thus spelling NORI. This is by far the most common story.
  • It was a deliberate decision of the owners, who also produced a brick called the REDAC standing for Accrington Red.[2]

Geology

Fire clay is often found close to coal seams. Huncoat had colleries. At the end of the Ice Age, the Calder was blocked and formed a large lake in the Accrington area. The sediment from this lake produced the fireclay seams. And coal was available to fire it.[3]

History

The NORI was first produced at a brickworks adjacent to the quarry in Whinney Hill, Huncoat by the Accrington Brick and Tile Company Ltd. The clay there produced bricks of the highest strength and hardness. These bricks were acid resistant, so could be used for the lining of flues and chimneys.

There were four brickyards, producing engineering bricks (Enfields, Whinney Hills) and specials. Specials were hand thrown into plaster of paris moulds. They could be extremely decorative. These bricks were used for specialised engineering projects such as in furnaces and for powerstations. [2]

The site had its own branch railway joining the East Lancashire Line at Huncoat Station, and was close to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The brickworks now managed by Marshall Clay Products were bought out by Hanson, a subsidiary of the multi-national Heidelberg Cement group in 2005. The brickworks was closed in 2008, with the loss of 83 jobs. Hanson who say they are mothballing the factory cited the recession and standstill in new house builds.[1]

Following closure the site became a landfill for domestic waste from the north west region operated by the company SITA UK. In 2013 local residents began legal action against SITA. over claims of foul smells coming from the site.[4]

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