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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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A Commodore PET in the old man's kitchen

The Old Chap scratches his head in the kitchen

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

The back garden

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

Rob and The Old Chap chat about stuff

The old man in Cotterill and Hill

Sausages are weighed

The Old Man at the counter

Dad checks a list

Rob chats to the old man

The Cheshire Building Society

An alleyway, opposite HSBC

Off to the town hall

Macclesfield Town Hall

Church Street

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

The churchyard of St. Michael's

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

Window cleaners in action

The Old Man wanders past 'Carpet House'

The doorway of a small fabric emporium

A kid spins a sign around

The Macclesfield indoor market

Some dude looks at a cold meats chiller

The Old Man hangs his washing out

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

A mill near Clowes Lane

Clowes Lane, Macclesfield

The Saxon Crosses, Sandbach, Cheshire

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

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

The Lower Chequer pub

Another view of the Saxon Crosses

Market Square

Sandbach Town Hall and Indoor Market

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

Nosher's old form room, top right

Sandbach Grammar, dating from 1677

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

The cricket pavillion

Nearly home: Sunset near Wickham Skeith, Suffolk

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A Commodore PET in the old man's kitchen

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