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Thursday, 13 August 2009

Sky Watch: Pointing Heavenwards

Today's photo is another view, looking skyward, of the sculpture in Henry Square to commemorate the 1917 Munitions Explosion in Ashton's West End.
The explosion occurred at the factory of Hooley Hill Rubber and Chemical Works on William Street in Ashton's West End, which was producing TNT for First World War bombs. Forty-three people lost their lives in the explosion and hundreds more were injured. Among the casualties were many schoolchildren on their way home from school.

The stainless steel sculpture, inspired by drawings by local children, was created by Paul Margetts, who has other pieces of sculpture elsewhere around Ashton.

This sculpture was previously seen here in June 2008, soon after it was installed.

See LiveSearch Birds Eye View of this location.

Sky Watch is the regular Friday feature on this photo blog. It will link with websites all over the world with the general theme each week of looking upwards. Please take the opportunity to visit some of these other sites. I hope some new visitors have found their way here today, watching the skies!


  1. Interesting change from the previous picture.
    Something that is no longer there!

  2. beautiful sky and interesting piece of sculpture.

  3. The sculpture certainly explodes! It is a fitting memorial.

  4. Wonderful composition, all the pieces of the scene work to create a lovely skyscape.

  5. Came to see your Skywatch & have very much enjoyed looking 'round your place' thanks for the views.

  6. It is good to see that, even so late in the day,
    a staue to commemorate the dedicated civilians who all served their country as best they could, erected in their memory.

  7. That looks so dangerous with the idiots who just can't leave things alone these days. Very dramatic under the metallic grey sky.

  8. Beautiful! A commemorative statue is nice to see. So many times these things are forgotten.A different face to the war.

  9. My Great Grandfather Robert Hadfield was killed in this explosion. Thank you to all the children and Paul Margetts for their dedication and thoughtfulness. David Hadfield Perth Western Australia.


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