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A Trip Around Macclesfield and Sandbach, Cheshire - 10th September 2005

The weekend had started on Sunday Morning with a trip to Hazel Grove, near Stockport, to pick up a vintage Commodore PET 4016 purchased off eBay. After Sunday afternoon's trip up to the Pennines, Nosher and The Old Chap head off into Macclesfield on the following Monday - Dad to do a few errands, me to take photos. There's a stop-off to the shop of dad's late chum Jim the Butcher to get some sausages, followed by a roam around some of the sights of Macclesfield. Ordinarily, as you drive down into town from the Buxton direction on a winter's day, you get a real sense of bleak mill town, although even then it's nothing like as black as it was in the 80s. However, today's sunny, so the effect isn't quite as grim. Finally, on the way home back to Suffolk, there's a visit to one-time home Sandbach to see what's changed, and to glimpse again the favourite old school - Sandbach Grammar.

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2005 A Commodore PET in the old man's kitchen

A Commodore PET in the old man's kitchen

2005 The Old Chap scratches his head in the kitchen

The Old Chap scratches his head in the kitchen

2005 Dad sups tea in his lounge, and tries to complete the crossword

Dad sups tea in his lounge, and tries to complete the crossword

2005 The back garden

The back garden

2005 Rob, Jim's colleague, who continues to run the butcher's shop

Rob, Jim's colleague, who continues to run the butcher's shop

2005 Rob and The Old Chap chat about stuff

Rob and The Old Chap chat about stuff

2005 The old man in Cotterill and Hill

The old man in Cotterill and Hill

2005 Sausages are weighed

Sausages are weighed

2005 The Old Man at the counter

The Old Man at the counter

2005 Dad checks a list

Dad checks a list

2005 Rob chats to the old man

Rob chats to the old man

2005 The Cheshire Building Society

The Cheshire Building Society

2005 An alleyway, opposite HSBC

An alleyway, opposite HSBC

2005 Off to the town hall

Off to the town hall

2005 Macclesfield Town Hall

Macclesfield Town Hall

2005 Church Street

Church Street

2005 St. Michael's Church, Macclesfield: still nice and black from the soot of the silk mills

St. Michael's Church, Macclesfield: still nice and black from the soot of the silk mills

2005 The churchyard of St. Michael's

The churchyard of St. Michael's

2005 The Castle Inn, apparently one of The Old Chap's boozers, years ago

The Castle Inn, apparently one of The Old Chap's boozers, years ago

2005 Window cleaners in action

Window cleaners in action

2005 The Old Man wanders past 'Carpet House'

The Old Man wanders past 'Carpet House'

2005 The doorway of a small fabric emporium

The doorway of a small fabric emporium

2005 A kid spins a sign around

A kid spins a sign around

2005 The Macclesfield indoor market

The Macclesfield indoor market

2005 Some dude looks at a cold meats chiller

Some dude looks at a cold meats chiller

2005 The Old Man hangs his washing out

The Old Man hangs his washing out

2005 A mill, taken from the top of Clowes Lane, Macclesfield

A mill, taken from the top of Clowes Lane, Macclesfield

2005 A mill near Clowes Lane

A mill near Clowes Lane

2005 Clowes Lane, Macclesfield

Clowes Lane, Macclesfield

2005 The Saxon Crosses, Sandbach, Cheshire

The Saxon Crosses, Sandbach, Cheshire

2005 The red-brick building used to be a model shop in the 70s

The red-brick building used to be a model shop in the 70s

2005 The Lower Chequer Pub, seemingly unchanged from the 70s,

The Lower Chequer Pub, seemingly unchanged from the 70s,

2005 The Lower Chequer pub

The Lower Chequer pub

2005 Another view of the Saxon Crosses

Another view of the Saxon Crosses

2005 Market Square

Market Square

2005 Sandbach Town Hall and Indoor Market

Sandbach Town Hall and Indoor Market

2005 Monument on the roundabout on the way to Wheelock (and school)

Monument on the roundabout on the way to Wheelock (and school)

2005 Nosher's old form room, top right

Nosher's old form room, top right

2005 Sandbach Grammar, dating from 1677

Sandbach Grammar, dating from 1677

2005 The view from Crewe Road, like on the walk to school

The view from Crewe Road, like on the walk to school

2005 The cricket pavillion

The cricket pavillion

2005 Nearly home: Sunset near Wickham Skeith, Suffolk

Nearly home: Sunset near Wickham Skeith, Suffolk

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A Commodore PET in the old man's kitchen