Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Drive By


A drive by photo shoot, I’ve been meaning to stop here and take a photo, but I’m always in a hurry or there is no where to pull over. On this occasion Mr Uhdd was driving and we were stuck in traffic. It is only  taken  with my phone camera, so apologies on the quality.

A House in the village of Mottram

cottage Mottram-1

Can I draw your attention to the date over the door

cottage Mottram 1694-1

and here, how it sits with its neighbouring building (which I imagine were built later)

cottage Mottram 3-1


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

12 thoughts on “Drive By

  1. A very nice 17th century (just!) house.

    I would guess the fish & chip shop is pretty old too as it shows some similarities of design.

    The photos are good for a phone camera, well worth the taking.

  2. Beautiful! As someone who lives in a Texas suburb founded not that long ago, these ancient buildings amaze me. Fantastic shots to start the week.

  3. It’s depressing, you know, that your quick shots with a camera phone, from the car, are better than my very best efforts. What a wonderful building. A whole block, I suppose. And look–besides the fish and chips, they have real internet!

  4. I agree. The buildings on either side are probably later, but not much later. Does seem that you folks there can’t hardly turn around without falling over something historic- as a person living in a town that was founded in 1891 on what was there-to-fore pretty much always and only bald prairie, I get so jealous of all the history you seemed to have stacks of practically everywhere!

    • History is woven into the landscape around here WOL, but being able to read it is something else. Some of the info in Glo’s link has got me thinking of a host of posts I could write.
      Mr Uhdd and I reckon the slightly ‘newer’ buildings in the photo are probably about the same age as our house (or should I say the house we are the present custodians of).

  5. Great drive by shooting of the historic building ~ I can see why you have been meaning to take the photo. Thanks for sharing it and the link as well. I wonder if there is any information about its remarkable history.

  6. I was fascinated by the building and have done a bit of online research where I found the following:
    The first info I found was cached so I can’t give you a direct link:
    Old Post Office Farm, Mottram. The plinth above the door says – N.W.M. 1694. Built by Nicholas and Martha Wagstaffe. The farmstead was rented from the Wilbrahams when they were Lords of Longdendale.
    The next site was of British Listed Buildings:

    and the next has a photo so was a confirmation I had the right place :
    Thanks again for providing such an amazing connection to history.

  7. I love those solid stone buildings. You can almost hear the whispers of the countless generations that have lived there.

    There are, of course, drawbacks. A friend inherited a lovely cottage, built around the time of the second Jacobite uprising (1745 if memory serves), only to discover it had no foundations. It was basically just built from the ground up, and making it not just habitable but safe almost bankrupted them! They were a hair’s breadth away from knocking the thing down and starting again.

    • Our house is pretty much like that, the bedrock is not far below, but there is a good gooey wrap around layer of clay as well. Shut the kitchen door with gusto and the whole house shakes including the beds!

  8. The oldest building I’m close to was built in 1957, when I was tiny. I love this building, the slanted, affected numbers, the swaying lines of the architecture. There is careful design everywhere, even in the brickwork, where I’m sure the original builders were only concerned with constructing a strong, efficient home.

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