Hawarden is a small estate village about twenty miles from Chester. The centre of the village is dominated by the grand castellated entrance to the Hawarden estate, once home to Gladstone. The village contains the only English equivalent of a presidential library with 20,000 books donated by the former Prime Minister and to which he left £40,000 in his will. The life of the village, however (on the day I visited), is reflected in its fine post office and general store. A focus for activity, it combines modern signage and graphics and a well considered interior with the historic features of the building to great effect. The building is dates 1907 and as its function is spelt out in tiles on the parapet, has clearly always been used for this purpose.
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a stunning place taking the Shropshire Union Canal canal across the Dee valley in North Wales. Water to one side and a vertiginous drop to the river below on the other, it is a place not to be missed. Now designated as a World Heritage Site, it was designed by Thomas Telford and William Jessop and opened in 1805
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West of Ireland and further afield with a little information about their history.