Waylaid by glass blocks

On my way to the launch of the Preston Pride of Place Project yesterday I was once again distracted by a window and once again the window was made up of glass-blocks.. now have no idea why these windows appeal to me so much but I really do like them and the older the better…thisContinue reading “Waylaid by glass blocks”

The Flats

The Queens Park flats in Layton have been part of the Blackpool skyline since the 60s, their Brutalist architecture was loved by few and disliked by many and I always thought they were pretty ugly, they were also notorious for all sorts of bad things and I was continuously warned as a young girl growingContinue reading “The Flats”

Flowers Music & Food

Reading my twitter feed early yesterday I saw there was a community celebration being held at the Flag Market Square in Preston in response to the EDl protests so I quickly got ready and caught the bus to the city centre. Was surprised at how many police were on the streets but felt reassured thatContinue reading “Flowers Music & Food”

The Telephone Exchange

Love this dated vintage window design of the Blackpool Telephone Exchange on Edward St.I remember when I first saw them…well noticed them really, early 70s I think…I was convinced the decoration was made up of small wooden blocks and had to go and run my hands over them to realise that they are actually madeContinue reading “The Telephone Exchange”

7,8,9,10,11,12 & 13

Have passed these arches above the Star Attraction Amusement Arcade so many times that I sometimes forget they are there but last week once again out wandering and wondering I went down Bonny St to get some images of the closed market and noticed an old iron staircase leading to the roofs over the amusementContinue reading “7,8,9,10,11,12 & 13”

Lower prom steps

A simple elegant design that I really love, no place better to sit in the summer with a bag of salty chips than on these steps. Maybe because they remind me of a Roman amphitheater… a place for viewing or maybe just because I can always manage to get another shot of another unsuspecting memberContinue reading “Lower prom steps”

Alarm Bell

The car-park on Leopold Grove at the side/back of the winter gardens.. depending on which entrance you use.. has recently been demolished and of course I wandered down to see what I could see..nothing much to see..lots of big angry machinery and tons of twisted metal and dusty cement, bricks and rubble.. I walked outsideContinue reading “Alarm Bell”

Lighting the corridors

So much to see this weekend in Blackpool Winter Gardens but I couldnt leave without trying to capture the beautiful art deco light fittings lighting the long dark corridors and stairs…these beautiful vintage lights may not be as imposing as the chandeliers in the ballroom or the striking cone shaped lights illuminating the Floral HallContinue reading “Lighting the corridors”

Retro tiles on Topping St

Wandering around Blackpool town centre again I came across these fabulous retro tiles covering the wall of a shop. The rusting battered air vent added to the quirkiness of the decor making the shop on Topping St a small work of art for my pleasure. Imagine having these tiles covering just one wall in theContinue reading “Retro tiles on Topping St”

Blocks of colour & inspiration in the gents

Open day at Blackpool Winter Gardens was a huge success again this year, people everywhere photographing the beautiful architecture, sitting in the Opera House watching vintage films and parents armed with cameras capturing their kids as they danced and played on empty stages to music only they could hear. After being drawn as always toContinue reading “Blocks of colour & inspiration in the gents”