Since its publication over 80 years ago, 'English Journey' by JB Priestley has become a benchmark for writers, social historians and photographers. This contemporary photographic journey embraces the spirit of Priestley's ‘English Journey’, by using the subtitle of the book: ‘Being a rambling but truthful account of what one man saw and heard and felt and thought during a journey through England.’
Image: Sunderland. The trim and chassis production line of the latest ‘compact crossover’ Juke model at the Japanese owned Nissan car factory in Sunderland. The 323-hectare site once the site of RAF Usworth is the UK’s largest passenger car employer. It has 4900 employees, producing 10,0000 vehicles a week. 1 in 3 cars exported from the UK originates from this Nissan plant.
Newport Inn, Braishfield, near Southampton. Every year there are around 10,000 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, of which approximately two-thirds are men.
Etap is a European chain of budget hotels owned by the Accor Group. The rooms are simply furnished and in most cases the walls are whitewashed; amenities generally include a small desk, television, a double bed or a bunk bed, a shower, a basin and a toilet. In some locations the rooms and entrance have coded locks.
The town of Royal Wotton Bassett gained Royal patronage in March 2011 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of its role in the regular repatriation of fallen servicemen and women from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bodies were transported from RAF Lyneham and pass through the town on their way to the coroner in Oxford. Family members, friends and the local community assemble along the route in silent tribute for Sgt. Paul Fox, Riflemen Martin Kinggett, Carlo Apolis and Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate, who all died within six days of each other.
Easington Colliery opened as a colliery in 1899. It was closed in 1993, with the loss of 1,400 jobs. This caused a decline in the local economy; however, many small business industry units have been set up where a pit once stood
Dell Corner Lane. Sugar beet clamp. The UK produces 8 million metric tons of sugar beet per year from a worldwide total of 242 metric tonnes. Recently British Petroleum (BP) joined forces with food groups to build what is claimed to be Britain's largest ‘green’ petrol plant using sugar beet from East Anglia.
The soap opera Coronation Street was first broadcast on ITV on December 9th 1960. During its early years all ‘exterior’ street scenes were filmed on a sound stage, which used three-quarter-sized wooden houses. In 1982 a full street was built from reclaimed Salford brick at Granada Studios in Manchester.
The MetroCentre still holds the title of largest shopping centre in Europe. Located on a former industrial site close to the River Tyne, it opened in1986 and has around 342 shops occupying 168,900m2 of retail floor space.
Quaker Meeting house, Bournville. Built in 1900 by the Victoria philanthropist George Cadbury. Cadbury UK was sold in 2010 to Kraft food for £11.5bn - the largest confectionery, food, and Beverage Corporation, based in the USA. The acquisition of Cadbury faced widespread disapproval from the British public.
The Old New Inn public house model village was built by a small team of local craftsmen, the village is a 1/9th replica of Bourton-on-the-Water, built from the local Cotswold stone. It was opened to the public on the Coronation day of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937. In 2013 Bourton-on-the-water model village gained Grade II listed status from English Heritage.
Anfield Football Stadium was built in 1884. The stadium has been home to Liverpool F.C. since they were formed in 1892 as a result of the original tenants Everton F.C. leaving the ground. The turf is renewed every season with grass seed obtained from the Rigby Taylors Ltd. in Bolton. In 1906 local journalist, Ernest Edwards, christened a new stand ‘Spion Kop’; named after a famous hill in South Africa where a local regiment had suffered heavy losses during the Boer War. More than 300 men had died, many of them from Liverpool, as the British army attempted to capture the strategic hilltop.
Cotswold Farm Park. Television celebrity Adam Henson now runs the 650-hectare farm that pioneers rare breed conservation. It opened its gates to the public in 1971 and attracts 70,000 visitors per year.
Stafford RoadChef Services, Junction 15, M6 motorway. The M6 is England’s longest motorway route which stretches 230 miles from Rugby to Carlisle. There are a total of 90 service stations on the motorway network that have a combined turnover of £1.5billion a year.
New housing estate, Burford. In keeping with the surrounding properties the estate is built in Cotswold stone, a yellow oolitic limestone quarried in many places around the Cotswold Hills. When weathered, buildings made or faced with this stone are often described as ‘honey’ or ‘golden’ in colour.
Cotswolds Airport is the home of The Air Salvage International (ASI) aircraft recycling company. It has a custom built facility of 15,794 m2. Over the past 18 years it has disassembled almost 600 commercial aircraft.
Pioneer & Severalls Farm is part of the family owned Guy Shropshire group in Wissington Norfolk; it produces up to 2800 tons of red radish for the UK and overseas markets. Their production moves to their farms in Spain from November to March to ensure a year-round supply to the supermarket chains.
Cardiff Cobras versus Bristol Bullocks during an American football match at the sports ground of the British Aerospace welfare association. British aerospace built the supersonic plane Concorde that was in service from 1976 and continued for 27 years. Concorde’s ‘final retirement’ flight landed at Bristol Filton Airport.
Once the home of England’s railway locomotive industry, Swindon is now one of the main centres for the financial services sector. Carpeo Ltd. in Swindon is a 232 m2 call centre with 130 employees primarily serving the medical insurance sector.
United Parcel Service (UPS) depot. Once known as the home of the pottery industry in England, Stoke-on-Trent is commonly referred to as ‘The Potteries’. Recent economic pressures have forced well-known brands such as Spode and Wedgwood to move production to Eastern Europe or to close down altogether. Whilst local manufacturing declines, companies responsible for importing and distributing goods from overseas have thrived.
Adelphi Hotel. The present building is the third hotel on the site, it is a Grade II listed building and due to Liverpool being a major arrival and departure point for ocean liners during the early 20th century, the Adelphi served as the most popular hotel in the city for wealthy passengers before they embarked on their journey to North America.