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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Legh Arms Prestbury

The Legh Arms in up-market Prestbury is an occasional haunt of Premiership football players such as Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez, Manchester-based TV celebrities and their WAGs and hangers-on.

This former coaching inn provides both contemporary and traditionally-styled rooms as well as a bar, restaurant and private dining/meeting area.

Legh Arms Prestbury Near macclesfield.

Other attractions in Prestbury include the Jacobean National Westminster Bank building, St. Peter's Church and the stocks.

Legh Arms Prestbury, Cheshire

Legh Arms
Prestbury Village
SK10 4DG
Tel: 01625 829 130

Buses 19 and 19X run from Prestbury to Macclesfield; Prestbury Station is on the Manchester Piccadilly via Macclesfield to Stoke-on-Trent railway line.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Stockport Viaduct

Stockport Viaduct is one of the world's largest brick structures with an estimated 11 million bricks used in its construction. The viaduct was widened from 1887-1889 and was featured in the art work of L.S. Lowry as an example of imposing industrial architecture.

Stockport Viaduct Arch

The original Stockport Viaduct was built as long ago as 1839-40 by the architect John Lowe in partnership with the engineer George Watson Buck. The electric power lines were added in the 1960s.

Stockport Viaduct Manchester

Stockport Viaduct is 1786 ft long and 111ft high with 27 arches. Travellers will pass over Stockport Viaduct on their journey north by train from Stockport Station to Piccadilly in Manchester. The Stockport Viaduct gets a brief mention in Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North and South.

Stockport Viaduct

Things to see in Stockport in Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Chadkirk Chapel, Staircase House, Stockport Story, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, Stockport Market, Fred Perry's birthplace, Woodbank Park, the Hat Works and Stockport Art Gallery.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Routemaster London Bus

The Routemaster, a double-decker bus, was built by the Associated Equipment Company and Park Royal Vehicles between 1954 and 1968. The Routemaster was introduced by London Transport in 1956 and saw continuous service in London until 2005. Two heritage routes in central London remain, however, and approximately 1,000 Routemasters are still in existence. The Routemaster was a pioneering design and outlasted several of its replacement types.

Routemaster London Bus

The Routemaster became one of London's most famous symbols, and a lot of tourist paraphernalia still bears Routemaster imagery. Despite the retirement of the original version, the Routemaster has remained an icon, and an updated version entered service in February 2012.

Visitors to London wishing to ride one of the famous buses can try one of two routes. Route 9H (Heritage) stops at the following locations: Kensington High Street Addison Road, High Street Kensington Station, Royal Albert Hall, Knightsbridge Station, Hyde Park Corner Station, Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station and Trafalgar Square. Alternatively, Route 15H covers the folowing stops: Tower Hill Station, Cannon Street Station, Mansion House Station, St Paul's Churchyard, City Thameslink Station, Aldwych, Charing Cross Station and Trafalgar Square.

Visitors to London may also want to visit one of London's many other attractions such as the Tate Modern or Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Crescent Buxton

The Crescent in Buxton, does not compare in size or grandeur with its cousin the Royal Crescent in Bath but the buildings are of equal importance to the identity of this northern spa town. The Crescent was built by the Duke of Devonshire of Chatsworth House fame between 1780 and 1789. The architect was the prolific John Carr (1723–1807), who had prisons, bridges, town halls and even the Hospital de Santo António in Porto, northern Portugal on his impressive CV.

The Crescent Buxton, Derbyshire

At present the Grade I-listed buildings are being restored with a grant from English Heritage and the plan is to find new uses for the interior. Interestingly, Carr's original design included a post office, an hotel and various lodging houses, an Assembly Room, shops and a public promenade.

The Crescent Buxton, Derbyshire

Other attractions in Buxton a short walk from the Crescent include the St Ann's Well and the Old Hall Hotel where Mary Queen of Scots was a famous guest.

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