Uphilldowndale

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

Keeping the Roads Open

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Thank you to those who keep our roads open. We’ve some challenging roads around here;  they are the  primary roads you hear mentioned on the travel reports, the Snake Pass, Wood Head Pass and The Cat and Fiddle, beautiful but tricky, and the first to get hit by bad weather, but of course there’s many many miles more of roads to be cleared: take a  ride in the cab of a Derbyshire County Council gritter and get a different perspective.

 

The continuing snowy theme gives me an excuse to post this photo, from 1901, I’ve done so before

Snow 1901

I bet these folk would have loved  to see a snow plough looming over  the horizon. They’d  probably have liked central heating, electric light, tumble dryers and  4×4 vehicles.

 

Here’s a later image, the big  freeze of 1947, that lasted from 21st January to 4th of March;  both photos are taken at Sparrowpit.

Snow 1947

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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.

4 thoughts on “Keeping the Roads Open

  1. I can remember the winter of 1947. It is one of the strongest of my childhood memories.

  2. Interesting post, pictures and links. xx

  3. I remember you posted these before but they still shock and amaze. How dark it must have been inside the houses covered by snow to the eaves! Yes, our lives are even more luxurious than those of the richest back then. I don’t think I do take it all for granted though, having come to central heating and double glazing in my 40s! And I still don’t have a 4X4 or a tumble drier!

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