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Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Look Up!

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"L" is for "Look Up!" and today's photo shows that you can sometimes see surprising things if you look upwards as you walk around Ashton.

What looks at first glance to be an unremarkable row of shops on Old Street turns out to be some of the oldest buildings in Ashton's town centre. When you look up at the wall of the upper storey you see that there is a plaque showing the date 1744 and a rainwater funnel to collect water from the roof gutters that is attached to the wall with a fixing dated 1745!

The plaque and funnel also bear the letters W I M. I wonder if anyone can cast light on what these letters might stand for? It does not refer to the king atthe time, as that was George II.
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See Birds Eye View of this location. See Google Street View of this location.

"Look Up!" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "L" posts from around the world please follow this link.
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  1. I love love love the concept of "Look Up".. and I may use that today. LOOK UP! And the image, the one, of the is it a rain gutter along the roof? I love it. THANK YOU!

    L is for Longing

  2. A rainwater funnel from 1745? LiteraLLy amazing to someone from western Canada.

    Kay, Alberta

  3. That is amazing that this old funnel is still there and in what looks like its original form!

    Since I got my new camera, it seems I am always looking up. Sometimes, I make myself dizzy, but i do get some interesting views.

  4. Very interesting post. The house we lived in for 40 years had the date it was build up in the peek of the roof. It said 1876. Not quite as old as this building.

  5. a place w a sense of its history; gotta LOVE that!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  6. Lived in Ashton for over 25 years,never looked up,should have..


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