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Old November 10th, 2011, 12:50 AM   #301
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Loving your trip, you really make it seem like an adventure, which is great. Saltaire is precious.

P.S. Why were all the flags at half mast?
One of Queen's corgies has died?
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Old November 10th, 2011, 01:16 AM   #302
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One of Queen's corgies has died?
It is Remembrance Sunday this weekend??
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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:30 AM   #303
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It is Remembrance Sunday this weekend??
I thought there would only be the ceremony at the Cenotaph and people wearing poppies.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 06:57 AM   #304
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Tuesday was to be another travel day. After spending most of the day in Leeds seeing the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills I was to travel on to my next destination, Sheffield.

So for the final time I did the mile and a half slog into the center of Leeds, this time with bags in tow.

During my walks in Leeds I had noticed this very strange set up on some residential streets:

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Essentially this is a quasi two way streets. But every once in a while when you come to this you are expected to go into the opposite lane for a little while, hence this spot is asking you to yield.

I can’t quite grasp what the point of this set up is though - if it is a two way street why not keep it a two way street the whole way and if it is a one way street why not keep it a one way street the whole way.

Maybe one of our British readers can inform us on this.

I got a bus to Armley Mills and within a half hour was at the Leeds Industrial Museum which was an old textile mill. So once again, we will get to see a bunch of textile machinery. There is a difference between Leeds textile mills and Manchester textile mills though. Manchester worked primarily cotton while Leeds worked primarily wool.

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This is a “carding” machine and it shreds everything to get the impurities out of the wool and get the fibers going in one direction.

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All this machinery was of course run at high speed, often by young and overworked children, and so there were many accidents where people were hurt or killed. Hence this poem written about a young person killed in the mill:

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Next we come to the “spinning mule”. It was a very large machine for drawing out threads and it is the one machine in the museum that runs most every day. It is a a large and quite interesting machine to see run.

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This machine holds the threads that will become the “warp” of the fabric being made (ie, these are the threads that the thread on the shuttle goes back and forth through):

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Spools of thread going into the warp:

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A huge loom:

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Machinery for pressing the fabric after it has been made:

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BTW, one curious part of processing wool is that after it has been woven there are still a number of steps before it is completed. One of those steps was soaking it in urine (I can’t quite recall what the reason was). There were actually people who had the job of going to local pubs and picking up the urine buckets and bringing back to the factory for use in making wool.

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A view out the window. Notice the train viaduct in the distance:

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The company that sponsors this museum is still an active textile manufacturer and in fact uses the thread made on the museums machinery in its products. They make speciality fabrics, in particular fabrics for the royal family and the military and overseas organizations such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They had pictures of the different uniforms they had made that were used in the royal wedding earlier in the year.

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After finishing the textile area I went into other parts of the museum which had plenty of steam engines, locomotives and tractors.

Although you only see part of it this machine was used for hammering on fabric which gave it more strength and durability:

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The wheel is turned by a steam engine. The notch sticking out the side would pivot a hammer (the notch is just starting to push the hammer in this picture) which would raise the hammer head which then fell by gravity to strike the fabric. The way they convert linear motion into circular motion, slow motion into fast motion, and regular motion into irregular motion is something that always amazes.

An old beam engine!!

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This is probably more than 200 years old.

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A steam powered fire engine:

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A large steam engine that they run some times, but not when I was there:

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They also had a large collection of machine tools:

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And locomotives:

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You could actually see the pistons on this one:

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This is a steam tractor. It is hard to get the scale here but this is a very large machine. And average size person would reach the top of the front wheel.

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And with that my tour of the museum was finished, I went back to the center, and caught a train to Sheffield.

I arrived in Sheffield fairly late but with still enough daylight to take a few pictures.

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The train station

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A large sculpture opposite the station.

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I had to walk up a hill into the center to get the bus that I needed to catch.

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My first impression of Sheffield was obviously very limited but it was the city that made the least favorable first impression on me. We’ll see if that changes once I spend some time there.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 10:04 AM   #305
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That small one-way section is just a traffic-calming measure, various obstacles get put in the road in residential neighborhoods so that cars can't get up any speed.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 11:30 AM   #306
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I thought there would only be the ceremony at the Cenotaph and people wearing poppies.
There will be services all over the country - schools, workplaces and other institutions will, often ,come to a standstill to observe a silence.

All civic flags will fly half mast.

( I'm assuming that is why the flags were half-mast in the photos, anyway!)
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Old November 10th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #307
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But these photos were taken in early October weren't they?
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Old November 10th, 2011, 12:07 PM   #308
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But these photos were taken in early October weren't they?

Hence my question... why are the flag at half mast.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:35 PM   #309
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Old November 10th, 2011, 04:23 PM   #310
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That small one-way section is just a traffic-calming measure, various obstacles get put in the road in residential neighborhoods so that cars can't get up any speed.
That is interesting. Sounds right as they were all long streets with lots of houses right on them.

But an interesting method that I've never seen before. Wonder why that and not speed bumps?
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Old November 10th, 2011, 04:55 PM   #311
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We have those too, maybe they are just trying different things to see what works best.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 06:07 PM   #312
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Love all the machinery, that must make an awful lot of industrial noise when working! I don't think I really understood it, do they actually use them to make the uniforms and all the royal regalia? Must have been quite a sight in the 19th century.

Let's see how Sheffield goes.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 06:34 PM   #313
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The machines are all to make the thread and the fabrics - not to actually cut and sew things into clothing.

yes, they ran the "mule" and it was quite noisy, and they were only running one.

Some machines they had to always put on the ground floors as otherwise the vibrations could cause the building to collapse.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 07:34 PM   #314
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Love the Sheffield station. Still enjoying this thread immensely.

The traffic calming method sounds terribly annoying and I would want to avoid it. Perhaps that is the result they want.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 08:31 PM   #315
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hey regarding your question about going into town halls etc, you can in fact go into them, i think it was just bad luck/timing as many do host civic events weddings etc. interestingly, its been announced today that the clock tower at manchester town hall will be open to the public from next week on thursday 17th novemeber, which is when the christmas markets open. heres the link: for the article and for some images of the clock tower and some views from inside it.

also, keep up the good work:P easily one of the best threads on here - youve got us all gripped!

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10 November 2011

Members of the public are being given the chance to be among the first to visit Manchester’s most striking attraction – the town hall clock tower –from next week.

Although it is a prominent feature of Manchester's most iconic building, the 134-year old clock tower has only been open to the public on a handful of previous occasions.

Now visitors will be able to accompany official tour guides up the iconic 280-foot (85m) high bell tower from which they will be able to see a spectacular panorama of the city and beyond to the Pennines and Cheshire Plain.

The fascinating tour will also offer the opportunity to get a close look at the mighty Great Abel, the town hall's eight tonne clock bell, as well as the tower's mechanical and bellringing rooms while learning about the history of the Grade I-listed town hall, considered one of the finest achievements of Victorian architecture.

Tours will initially run from Thursday 17 November through to 22 December, coinciding with the dates of Manchester's famous Christmas Markets and giving visitors the chance to have a bird's eye view of them. It is hoped that clock tower tours will then become a permanent fixture which will be on the 'must do' list for any visitor to Manchester.

They will take place at 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm Monday to Sunday. Children aged under 12 are not permitted.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: "Over the years many Mancunians and visitors to our city must have wondered what the view is like from our iconic clock tower, and pondered its inner workings. Now they really can see for themselves in what promises to be a unique and popular visitor attraction, and yet another reason to spend time in Manchester."

Bookings can be made by calling 0161 2344433 between 10am and 5pm or at the main reception desk of Manchester Town Hall (Albert Square entrance). Tours cost £7.50.

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Old November 10th, 2011, 08:59 PM   #316
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Many of our great buildings open up to the public on certain days every September,many of them you need to book onto tours but others you can just walk into them on the day,I know the Town Halls are open then.

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
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The traffic calming method sounds terribly annoying and I would want to avoid it. Perhaps that is the result they want.
Yeah, I think that's the idea, they don't want drivers to use these residential streets as through-routes and short-cuts so they try to annoy them.
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So frustrating you walked the 'wrong way' into Sheffield City Centre!

Sheffield was late compared to other cities to under go regeneration, that part of the city really hasn't been touched and its time is almost up! Hope you have lots more on Sheffield to come.
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Yes, tonight I will be posting all Sheffield.

I walked the only way I could. They sent me up to High Street to get the 97 bus. While on the bus I went past the Peace Park are Town Hall so I did realize I didn't see the really nice part of the center. I remedied that the following day, which you will see in the pictures coming tonight.

BTW, coming into Sheffield on the train was interesting although I didn't get pictures. I saw there the only US style strip malls that I saw anywhere on my travels in England.

Even more interesting, I think I saw a big expressway with one set of lanes built directly above the lanes going in the opposite directions - sort of like an elevated train. Pretty neat and shows how desperate they are to save space.
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Yes, tonight I will be posting all Sheffield.

I walked the only way I could. They sent me up to High Street to get the 97 bus. While on the bus I went past the Peace Park are Town Hall so I did realize I didn't see the really nice part of the center. I remedied that the following day, which you will see in the pictures coming tonight.

BTW, coming into Sheffield on the train was interesting although I didn't get pictures. I saw there the only US style strip malls that I saw anywhere on my travels in England.

Even more interesting, I think I saw a big expressway with one set of lanes built directly above the lanes going in the opposite directions - sort of like an elevated train. Pretty neat and shows how desperate they are to save space.
Probably because you didn't use a car so you didn't see much of the larger dual carriageways and things with big our of town shops, I guess. They aren't designed for trains

Edit: Sorry, by reading my post I realise that it makes me look like a big-heades w***er

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