Skywatch Friday: Audenshaw Trough

Posted by sithenah (Greater Manchester/Cheshire, United Kingdom) on 18 February 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Behind the Audenshaw Trough on the junction of Manchester Road and Audenshaw Road is a transformer pillar built about 1900. At one time it had three lamps which used to the light the way for trams.

It is of cast iron and consists of a circular pillar on a 20th century concrete base topped by a street lamp. The face is split vertically into panels and horizontally into three stages. On the front it bears the Manchester coat-of-arms and a plate records the maker: the British Electric Transformer Company. Another plate records the restoration by Norweb in 1983. Enriched cast iron panels are on the top stage. The conical top is above a bead and reel band. The structure is topped by a hexagonal lamp on a decorative spindle. The concrete base is surrounded by a bench.

See more details of the bench visit Friday Bench at Ackworth born gone West

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Carol Merten from Georgetown, Canada

It is very ornate and quite lovely. It is nice when they take care of something with historical value.

19 Feb 2010 4:23am

J Bar from Sydney, Australia

Great shot.

19 Feb 2010 5:22am

Hilda from Metro Manila, Philippines

Wow. Don't you just wish they still made utility boxes, pillars and such as gorgeous as this? Wonderful!
Happy Friday and happy weekend!

19 Feb 2010 7:40am

RuneE from Norway

I would never have guessed that this was a transformer. At least the people on the bench should have a warm back-rest in the winter.

19 Feb 2010 1:44pm

Snapperoni from Singapore

This is beautiful, detailed work! Interesting story behind it too. Thank you for sharing. :D

19 Feb 2010 2:18pm

Rose from United States

Oh, I love this...so interesting.

19 Feb 2010 11:10pm

Kcalpesh from Mumbai, India

Looks really monumental! Interesting shot!

22 Feb 2010 6:55am

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