Photographing and preserving history
There can be many reasons for taking photographs. It can be to create art, for nostalgic reasons, to preserve history or just for the fun of it.
I took this photo of a factory and some trees farther down the road and it provoked some interest and nostalgic memories. The street is called Station Street and got me wondering where the railway station used to be.
This remnant of our industrial past will probably disappear soon and so I hope I’m preserving a little history by taking pictures. I think I’ll go back and photograph more of this street and try to figure out where the railway station was.
There were no buffer zones years ago to separate, industry, housing and schools. The school is right over the road from the factory!
Before the railways were built, canals carried the goods of the industrial revolution as well as the raw materials like lime stone and coal. They also provided a little relaxation in the form of fishing on weekends. It’s still popular today.
Blackberries also grow down the side of the canals. You have to be a little brave and know where to look though! I’m not sure what that channel is running at the side of the canal. It was flooded last year. There is a brook beyond those trees so maybe that’s to drain it?
These photos were taken in Darlaston, in the West Midlands region of England. Once a place that employed many thousands of steelworkers, now it’s an outpost of Walsall and a relic of the industrial past.
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