Saturday, 2 February 2013
This is where I would have been in the summer of 1910
I did think it was a bit of a challenge. After all the scene has now passed from living memory and even just getting to the spot will be difficult.
Like always I was interested in how people came to their answer and I have not been disappointed so here are the first three to wade in. The first from Philip the second from Michael of Hardy Films and the third from Lawrence
“It must be Hardy Farm because of the hill and Chorlton Brook and the resting horse. I don't recognise the building in the background but it must be some sort of farm structure. I can only assume that they it is a terrace row of labourers houses. Please can I claim my prize?”
“The view is looking towards the Nell Lane Bridge over the stream and Hough End Hall beyond. The Hall has changed a little since then with the small building at its left having been demolished and the hall itself extended. But the two main chimneys and the window between are unmistakable. Where the horse stands is now Chorlton Park.”
Sadly Philip despite a well argued case you cannot be awarded a prize that goes to Michael who was spot on.
Now I thought long and hard of a prize especially as I said there would not be one. However given that no one should be able to describe a scene so clearly long in the past I have wondered if there might not be a special painting in the attic at Michael’s home which might need touching up.
I of course leave the literary analogy to any who wants to pursue it, and await a stern rebuke from Michael.
But I rather think Lawrence also deserves an award given that he too correctly identified the old hall, and perhaps had an edge on Michael with his intimate knowledge of the farm animals.
“I'm going for Hough End Hall and Chorlton Brook in the foreground. The horse is a mare called Rosie.”
Thanks to all 102 of you who read the story so far.
Picture; from the Lloyd collection