STORM OVER MELLOR -
An acronym was originally just the initial letters of an institution or a project, used as a shorthand by people involved. However, the modern trend is for governmental agencies to think of the acronym first and then find a mission statement that can fit (or sort of fit).
STORM is the contrived acronym for an EU programme designed to assess the impact of climate change on archaeological sites. The full title is.....
18th March: Suze Appleton - ‘Elizabeth Raffald - the experienced English housekeeper of Manchester’
15th April: Diana Leitch - ‘The Towers Estate’
Monday 18th February 2019
‘Adlington Hall’ with Anne Woods
Designated a Grade I listed building on 25 July 1952, Adlington Hall, was built on the site of a Saxon Hunting Lodge in the Forest of Macclesfield . In February, Anne Woods will visit the Society to describe one of the most beautiful homes in England.
The Legh family has lived in the hall and in previous buildings on the same site since the early 14th century.
Two oaks, part of the original building, remain rooted in the ground supporting the east end of the Great Hall. Between the trees stands an organ which was played on by Handel and is still operational today. The hall is surrounded by a landscape park and woodland, covering in total about 160 acres.
Anne has been a guide at the hall for over 15 years, not only will her talk cover the history of the hall but also that of the more prominent and colourful members of the family.
The Leghs of Adlington and the Leghs of Lyme are connected, surely? You may wish to ask a friend or test your patience and wait until the evening of Monday, February 18th, to answer that question.
From time to time one of the talks in our programme strikes a chord with the wider community. So it was with our December talk about Belle Vue, given by Brian Selby and Frank Rhodes. As well as a good attendance of our regular members, we had twenty five visitors come to recollect something of their childhood. Brian and Frank were an effective double act. Brian was the amateur enthusiast; Frank was the historian. Brian did most of the talking whilst Frank relayed many of the anecdotes and legends that have grown up around the iconic amusement park.Memories were stirred but not shaken. Such was the promise of an evening of Belle Vue to the members…..and visitors.
above: People queuing for the Bobs Coaster at Belle Vue Gardens, Manchester, 1968 (Photo: Marshall Collection / Chetham’s Library online archive)
In March 2015, Judith Atkinson gave us a fascinating and entertaining insight into the building of the ‘Big Ditch’ - the Manchester Ship Canal, using a remarkable collection of glass slides. This evening, Judith excelled again, using an album of photographs that had narrowly missed being discarded in a skip to illustrate her talk about the working life of the Burgess-Ledward mill at Walkden.
left: The interior of Burgess Ledward's Wardley Mill
The question posed by Julie Bagnall was what to do with 323 postcards and she regaled us this evening with the many and various things she had done with them.
Her first task was to justify to her husband why she had bought this dog-eared album at a car boot sale in 1992. He was told it was none of his business and when he enquired about the price that was a confidential matter. However, the album was squirrelled away for a couple of years on the basis of “out of sight, out of mind.”
When they next saw the light of day, Julie decided to count them, which is how she came to the total of 323. But they were not all postcards. Most were, either used (written and posted) or unused, but there were also pictures and some clippings....
‘Hotels in the Sky - History of Zeppelins’ with Mike Ogden
In the opening presentation of the season, using both photographs and film of the period, Michael Ogden told us of the fascinating story of a lost technology, and a long forgotten way to travel the world
During the early years post the First World War, very few thought the aeroplanes would ever develop into a safe, efficient and affordable way to travel long-distances. The first airliners had only a short range – 500 miles at most – though that was probably plenty for the passengers because they were uncomfortable, cold, noisy, far from reliable -- and not very safe either.
What a contrast with airships, especially Zeppelins! They could cruise for thousands of miles, carrying more passengers in far greater comfort than aeroplanes. They had kitchens and toilets and, on trans-ocean flights, cabins and showers as well. They were a little slower than airliners but, more importantly, they were two or three times faster than the ocean liners they were competing against.