This has been on my list of street furniture to record for a while now.
I don’t think I want to say where it is, it would spoil the mystery. Its difficult to imagine that once, maybe when these old Arthur’s Hill terraces were first constructed, and smoking was everywhere, even in public buildings, cigarette machines were installed in the very walls of streets.
Do you see, how the command
has prompted obedient passers-by to stub out their cigarettes and leave the “dog-ends” as instructed?
How much more obedient, to the command of advertising and peer pressure, did the young people of the twentieth century follow the prompt to smoke cigarettes?
We are dealing with the legacy of that wave of addiction, as those people addicted to smoking still haven’t been able to stop, and have influenced their younger family members to become addicted even in a time when no one would seriously think it was a good idea.
At the time when this antique artefact dispensed packs of cigarettes to reward those who had fed a few coins into the slots, there were no health warnings and not many were aware of any danger.
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
A lovely spring day on the New Mills Estate, the trees are in their greenest spring colours on the right. and on the left you can see the 1920s tenements of Leazes Court dwellings. In the distance the Number 12 bus is trundling down the bank towards Barrack Road.
A lot of people don’t know that Barrack Road, being a built up area, is a 30 mile per hour speed limit zone (after the junction of Hunters Road by the BBC building, which comes off a 40 mile speed zone). The pictures show a consequence of a speeding car colliding with the safety rails at the pedestrian crossing near the junction of New Mills, a few weeks ago.