Gordon G Hall
Writer and Neo-Philhellene

The Silverdale Wanders

All walks start and finish at Silverdale Green by the parish notice board.

Walk Fourteen

Map Village Bits!

This is hardly a pre-planned walk. Although I have included a map you do not need to follow it. You should however find all the photo sites on the map route.

This 'walk' is really a collection of bits and bobs from around the village

Postbox Most visitors to England recognise the iconic pillar box, however the rather more humble wall post box is just as interesting,

You will see that the initials GR are inscribed towards the bottom. This relates to the king: George Rex. You can still find VR boxes, and of course ER

The white card shows times that the post leaves, note that it is different on Saturdays

There always used to be a little slot-in card that the postman would change whenever he emptied the box, so you knew that you had missed the post! I am not quite sure when this stoppped, but it seems to have disappeared now.

The colour is really called 'Pillar Box Red'!

Old cottages In the centre of Silverdale Green you will find these two cottages

The whte one bears the date 1534, but I fear that this is nonsense. I am pretty certain that this cottage is late C.18th.

Graveyard This is the village graveyard, used for Anglican burials

You can see the curch in the distance, and this puzzled me. Why should the 'churchyard' be so far from the church?

COld Church The answer lies in this grossly over-restored building, which is immediately opposite that graveyard.

Up until the latter part of C.19th this, fairly humble, building was the village church. When the new church was built the garveyard did not go with it.

In the UK with have a fairly robust planning system, espevcially in reltion to important buildings. I fear that in this case the planners failed and we have this lovely old build ruthlessly converted to a twee dwlling

War Memorial Here is the village War Memorial.

It records the names of those who fell in the Great War and in WW2.

I think that the clipped yews (and there are a lot more than shown in the photo) represent each dead soldier.

Almost every village in England has a War Memorial, honouring those who fell for their country in the two World Wars
White Cottage The development of Silverdale is a curious mixture. Here is a traditional cottage, I would guess built in the early C.19th.

The little 'decoration' between the top two windows is probably a medal showing the property has fire insurance from a particular company.

Fire Engine We walked past the fire station on an earlier walk, however on this occasion I found the engine outside - being washed

Most rural fire stations are manned by retained firecrew who have other jobs but respond to a 'shout', usually from their pagers

Fire Crews take great pride in keeping their engines in as near perfect condition as possible

Village Centre The picture is of an almost deserted Emesgate Lane, the lack of traffic and people is due to the lockdown.

It is the 'main street' of Silverdale, but here in England we do a little better with our naming raather than calling it 'Main Street'!

If this village has a centre this is it, but it hardly developed as a 'nucleated settlement', but rather a cluster of small hamlets that call themselves 'Silverdale'.

I wonder if the above phenomenon is responsible for the curious lack of a decent access road to this village?

Victorian House Silverdale underwent a major development phase in mid to late Victorian times.

People who made their money in the factories of Manchester wanted a country home. They did not care that much about style, but size mattered!

Women servants would sleep in the attic rooms, men servants above the stables.

Limestone coping A curious local feature relating to the Victorian development was to place weird looking limestone blocks as coping stones on the garden walls!
CModern Estate A further phase of development came in the 1960s.

This is a modern estate, which has still managed to look reasonable.

People in all ages of house really value their gardens, which are well tended and colourful.

Tulips Such as these tulips, growing in a well-tended garden of that modern estate.

And that concludes WALK FOURTEEN

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