There is a trend to get social enterprises to “occupy” empty commercial buildings, charging a nominal rent, it is much better to do this than allow premises to become derelict or targets for anti social behaviour.
In the industrial period mills like these were used to grind grain into flour and powered by either running water from rivers, or from wind , when powered by wind they would have sails, which turned in the wind and drove the wheels of the mill. Mills were also used to make many things, workers in mills made all manner of products, cloth, rope, foodstuffs, various metals, anything mass produced before electricity was widely adopted by industry.The air looks very dirty in these photos, not just because the photos are old, but because of the massive scale of the industry in the local area
The new sign showing St. Nicholas Cemetery contains Commonwealth War Graves. These are graves from persons who died in the military during the second and first world wars, from within the Commonwealth. There is a website for commonwealth war graves. Click here . Do you know anyone who has a relative who died in WW1 or WW2? If so they want to hear from you. They have funding to renovate or put memorials on the graves. Its a peace-promotion group.
Last week our meditation group listened to a CD by Reverend Myoho, one of the monks affiliated to Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey. There was something about Karma from innumerable lives. Later I was thinking about it and it came into my mind about our conditioning. We are all the way we are in large part from conditioning. That conditioning takes from our parents and their parents. The grandparents were conditioned by their own parents, and back to the time of witch burning, medieval days and before. Conditioned from our culture and where we were born. The place we were born has its own conditioning, that it was shaped from many different factors, human hand, nature, geography etc. WW1 and WW2 shaped our karma. People born in wartime and who were children in wartime are often emotionally scarred by the war experiences. Some elderly people are never able to talk about their experiences of wartime childhood. Being separated from their parents and home as evacuees. UK history has an effect on how people live here now. Politics, environment, sociology, it all is affected by history. That karma thing makes a lot more sense now.