Monthly Archives: June 2012

Pontefract

“Pomfret, Pomfret, O thou bloody prison….” The words are Shakespeare’s, a gruesome vision of a grim northern fastness; a place of pain, fear, suffering, humiliation and death. That was 1591. Nothing has changed much since. It says something profound about … Continue reading

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Mansfield

Imagine if you will, a once vibrant market town populated by proud working class pit-men, no-nonsense housewives and the opulent owners of a great number of textile factories. Well, you’d be imagining an entirely different town to Mansfield. In truth, … Continue reading

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Medway

Not So Spotless Version 1. Medway. My home conurbation that squats on the greasy bank of the titular river. Established by the Romans, site of a ‘magnificent’ castle and cathedral, the home of Dickens and Billy Childish. The site of … Continue reading

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Burnley

Burnley is what everyone in the South imagines the whole of the North is like. A vile backwater that makes Deliverance look futuristic. Aidan James

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Crawley

Once a small, sleepy place on the way to Brighton, Crawley became identified as a potential ‘new town’ after the end of the Second World War. By the late 1950s the population had increased fivefold, largely due to an influx … Continue reading

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Bradford

In the city centre many fine Victorian buildings have been demolished. Much of the 1960s crap that replaced them has also gone. We have been left with a big hole in the middle where there is nothing – except empty … Continue reading

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Dursley

The name says it all. The town is as wrong as it sounds. Once a pretty rural village, Dursley has been left to decay, like one of the Queen Mother’s teeth. The old market place has become dominated by concrete and … Continue reading

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