Thursday, 24 October 2019

"The Adventure of Silver Blaze"

"Holmes gave me a  sketch of the events" 

An digitally colourised illustration by Sidney Paget for the Strand Magazine which published Conan Doyle's  "The Adventure of Silver Blaze" in 1892. In this short story, Sherlock Holmes investigates the disappearance of a famous racehorse on the eve of an important race and the murder of its trainer. The tale includes a famous quote:

Gregory (Scotland Yard detective): Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?
Holmes: To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.
Gregory: The dog did nothing in the night-time.
Holmes: That was the curious incident.

The artist, Sidney Paget produced more than 350 illustrations to accompany the Sherlock Holmes stories. It was he who in 1891, first depicted the detective wearing a deerstalker hat and Inverness cape, clothes that were never described by the author. Holmes' calabash pipe was introduced by American stage actor William Gillette who played the detective in more than 1300 performances

Strand Magazine was published monthly between 1891 and 1950.Its content comprised of fiction, general interest  articles and puzzles. Many of Conan Doyle's short stories were published as well as a serialisation of "The Hound of the Baskervilles"

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Union Road, New Mills.

Looking down Union Road in 1970. A North western bus is approaching the bus station. On the left is Barclay's Bank followed by Seymour Mead grocers, Gaystyles hairdressing and Turner's shoeshop. The shop on the right may at this time have been the Co-op lighting store; it had previously been Dodd's butchers shop.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

The Navigation Inn

The Navigation Inn, Johnson Street, Whaley Bridge. It was originally known as The Vaux Inn and was owned by Clarke's Brewery of Reddish before passing to Boddingtons. Vaux's Row was the original name for Johnson Street. The pub closed about 2009 and has since been converted to housing. This watercolor painting is by David Easton, 2019.


Thursday, 5 September 2019

Bridge Street, New Mills

Bridge Street, New Mills, photographed in the early 1900s.

On the right is the Bridge Street Tavern. The licensee was Abel Wild, Licensed Retailer of Ale and Porter. This photograph is dated 1902. At the corner of Mellor Road is Isaac Arnfield's grocery shop.

At the opposite end of Bridge Street and at the start of Dye House Lane was the White Hart Tavern. Arnfield's shop is seen on the opposite corner.

The same scene in 1954.  The North Western Bus is on the route between Birch Vale and New Mills via Thornsett. The start of Dye House Lane is at the front of the White Hart.

At the lower end of Bridge Street, opposite the former Bridge Street Tavern was Thompson's Bakery shop.

These photographs have been digitally colourised.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Shunting at Whaley Bridge

Locomotive 90328 shunts a few wagons of sugar beet pulp at Whaley Bridge in January 1964. The photograph has been colourised from an original picture by J W Sutherland.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Broadhey Farm

Broadhey Farm above Furness Vale photographed from a light aircraft by Frank Armstrong in the mid 1970s. The barns have now been converted to four homes. The white milking shed and attached building have been demolished. The photograph has been digitally colourised from a black and white original.

History In Colour

Through technology we have assembled 700 ways of looking at the past, a collection of old images that are brought back from the dead. For the last few years with the aid of Photoshop our library has grown and we expect to hit a 1000 restored and colourised photographs before Christmas.

Our easy to follow tutorial explains how it is done:

This picture of the Post Office in Market Street, Whaley Bridge, contrasts monochrome and colour.

Monday, 26 August 2019

Horwich End, Whaley Bridge

The crossroads at Horwich End, Whaley Bridge. The original black and white postcard is undated but the scene appears to be from the 1950s. 
A postman has dismounted from his bicycle outside the White Horse, which until 1963 was a Clarke's Brewery house. Clarke's was aquired by Boddington's and the Reddish brewery closed. 
A Post Office Van is parked outside of Horwich End Post Office. A strange looking three wheeled car is turning into Chapel Road. 


Christ Church Whaley Bridge

This photograph shows Christ Church on Bings Road, Whaley Bridge in 1910. Study the picture closely and zoom in to reveal some of the details.
Just to the left of the church is a train in the colours of the London and North Western Railway. The railway can be seen to the right of the church where it crosses  Bridge 42 over Buxton Road. Alongside is a signal.  A wisp of smoke drifts from the tall chimney of  the Waterloo Colliery? It stands just in front of buildings on Old Road and Buxton Road; we can see the roof of the chapel, now the Uniting Church. To the left of the train is a crenallated tower. This was the "Upcast Shaft" of Waterloo Colliery and was partof the ventilating system. Above Christ Church roof is a gantry crane; this stood over one of the colliery shafts.
The reservoir is in the background behind the dam wall. Houses can be seen on Reservoir Road including Whaley Hall.
The photograph has been coloured digitally.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Macclesfield Road

An early photograph of Macclesfield Road, Horwich End, Whaley Bridge. In the foreground are the parapets of the bridge over the River Goyt. Although this scene has changed little, the shops have closed and are now houses. Trees have grown up on the left and (out of view) Clover Chemicals has been built.   We have digitally colourised this image from an original black and white photograph