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Latest updates

11th November 2018 - some new images added to our Greater Manchester Architecture pages, with an updated index spreadsheet.  Also, on the Penrhyn Castle Railway Museum page, some stories about Iorwerth Jones circa 1970 are added, as related by Ian Jones.....

16th December 2017 - Our Mason family story & database is updated, with many thanks to James Butler (a descendant) in Australia, who has provided much new info and two significant corrections. Most of our outstanding uncertainties are now resolved

15th December 2017 - Two new databases are added to our Greater Manchester lead page, listing Railway Sites and Tram Depots.

27th September 2017:- three of our articles have been further updated, with new information - Manchester Architecture Index, Staines in the 1950s recollections, Jaggers family history & its associated database. 

February 2017:- We have at last renewed contact with Ian Jones!  Also with schoolfriend Geoff Bluestone after some 50 years. With the unfortunate demise of the "Friends Reunited" website, we will try to compile some reminiscences of Strodes School days, 1959-66, to add to our Staines page.

23rd September 2016: the final large batch of some 450 new items has been added to our Manchester area Architecture pages, together with the latest version of the index to these. This essentially completes this project, with just an odd few items and index information added from time to time in the future, as they are found

A new article on our Bala model railway has appeared in the August 2016 edition of "Model Rail" magazine, with some excellent creative photography by Chris Nevard.

26th August 2015: Robert Sharp kindly sent me his transcript of the 1911 Census for Poynton & Worth - now added to our "Poynton" page

12th July 2014: Our Bangor area buses spreadsheet is updated to include much new information from Richard Ward, a former college colleague in the 1960s - many thanks, Richard!


    In the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt, May 2009 at 6.00 in the morning - comfortably cool then! 

 On the Llangollen Canal, 1984, with inevitable tree growing out of head!

The "Hugh Napier" runs again - 40 years since we started its restoration at Penrhyn Castle, and something I never thought we would see!     At Beddgelert station, Welsh Highland Railway, during the "Quarry Power" weekend, September 2012. Left to right: Keith, Ifor, Ian Tate. Behind us  the loco "Winifred", recently returned from the USA, in the same condition as when it left Penrhyn Quarry in 1965! 

   When we had hair!  At the summit of Snowdon, July 1967 

Ian is reunited with his railway relics recentlyafter some 30 years!

At the recent auction of railway items from Brookside Garden Centre, we had hoped to buy this old and decrepit GWR signal cheaply as spares for our own identical one - however, bidding started at £500 and sold for several hundred more - no idea these things were so sought after these days!

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