That 'in-between time', awaiting the funeral.
See 'Death by drowning' - September 2nd.,
Filling the time by strolling about and reflecting on local politics.
Yesterday walked along the canal from Middleport to Harecastle, up into Tunstall and then back to Burslem along Scotia Road. Also to the new park at Burslem.
|Park entrance on Moorland Road|
The pottery towns seem to be addicted to boosterism, and to be first with a new scheme is everything. So, Hanley Park opened in July 1894, just a month before Burslem Park which was started later but progressed more quickly.
Incidentally both parks were designed by Thomas Mawson, and are a tribute to his skill.
There is something more sinister to be said about the park at Burslem. It is constructed on old mining and waste land owned by the Wood family and sold by them to the borough council. The purchase price was £5,000 which seemed good value and was presented as a philanthropic gesture by the Woods. However, I have had sight of correspondence between the Woods and their solicitor Ellis (who just happens to be the borough solicitor) suggesting that they were glad to find an opportunity to get rid of this redundant land, and expected to make a handsome profit when the land adjacent to the park, which they also owned, was developed for housing.
Additionally for September 5th., see 'French disappointment' - http://earnoldbennett.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/french-disappointment.html
We cycled down to see Madame Bourges on Saturday, but naturally she had gone to Paris days ago. Afterwards I went to bed with influenza, but found that I hadn't got it.