Sunday, December 23, 2007


Tyre, originally uploaded by fotofacade.


For more information about my Freetown project check out the Freetown Set here

Friday, December 21, 2007


Shoe, originally uploaded by fotofacade.


For more information about my Freetown project check out the Freetown Set here

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Bovril, originally uploaded by fotofacade.

Just at the end of Bridge Street opposite the Brickcroft pub is a small dead end street used for fly tipping. It's a real microcosm of contemporary life. I spent an hour or so photographing within a few square metres

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


FREETOWN (NON HDR), originally uploaded by fotofacade.

Freetown is a locale which lies within the hinterland of the expanding town of Bury in Lancashire. Its origins lie in the "free" land which was situated between Church glebe land and the local landowner - the Derby Estate.

Freetown developed as Bury's sweatshop, providing the fragmentary services needed for the rapidly expanding paper and cotton mills around the town. It was a place of artisan craftsmen, and individual entrepreneurship. By the 1830's domestic houses were being built alongside the industrial structures. Street's were called after Pitt, Kay, Cobden and Bright and had strong political attachments. In 1846 a Parliamentary enquiry described Freetown as a filthy place and one of the worst areas of the country to live in.

Freetown is a still a chaotic mix of industry, leisure and commerce which has developed in a completely haphazard and organic way, no doubt encouraged by its status as being free from church and landed gentry control. This "in-betweeness" is all the more apparent by the eclectic nature of it's plan form, the layered tapestry of industrial architecture, and the temporary nature of some of the structures inhabited.

Today most visitors to Freetown would find it raw, dirty, full of shadows, and detritus. It survives, surprisingly, smack bang next to the ordered form of the expanding town centre. It survives, in spite of a society intent on political correctness - and in this respect it is still free. This is what I find remarkable, and dare I say it, refreshing about the place. Areas which look destitute, and survive within the penumbra of our economy, are fertile with real messages about our society and the vast difference between what is perceived and what actually IS.

Over the next few days I will post more images of Freetown

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Rochdale Town Hall Clock Tower

Rochdale Town Hall Clock Tower, originally uploaded by fotofacade.

The original clock tower was destroyed by fire - this tower is by Waterhouse and is an iconic site throughout the Rochdale Borough.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Town Hall Vertigo

Town Hall Vertigo, originally uploaded by fotofacade.

Seriously, best viewed LARGE

The steps at Rochdale

The steps at Rochdale, originally uploaded by fotofacade.

The old worn steps leading down to Rochdale Town Centre veiled behind a wall of winter trees.


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