I’m a writer and historian with research interests in buildings history and landscape history, particularly in and around provincial towns. I’ve been working for some time now on a book comparing the urban development of Warrington and York, following the Municipal Corporations Act of 1835, from an historical geography perspective; and am currently investigating the possibility of using this as the basis for a PhD.
As a Luddite and general techno-phobe, I’ve struggled considerably to come to terms with social media (for blogging tips I found useful, see Editorials) but after a (lengthy!) period of adjustment, I now find myself with not one but three, inter-related, blogs: Re-imagining Warrington: a place to explore research ideas thrown up by my work-in-progress and discuss the issues surrounding the town’s regeneration project ‘The Bridge Street Quarter’; Where to Live in Warrington: looking at Warrington on an American ‘neighbourhood’ basis and talking about the things that estate agents wouldn’t, for those re-locating to the area for work (currently on hold); and Moulders Lane, a (generally) monthly series of stand-alone articles and opinion pieces on books, life and P. G. Wodehouse.
Re-imagining Warrington is a blog of many diversions – something I am rather prone to – but, in order to assist the bewildered reader, these have been grouped under handy categories. Editorials contains general thoughts and passes on blogging tips I have found useful; Bridge Street Quarter examines the questions thrown up by Warrington’s current regeneration project and analyses the many logical inconsistences in the Bridge Street Development Plan. Conservation Areas/Listed Buildings looks in detail at failures to protect Warrington’s built heritage, its deterioration and loss; Historical Geography contains thoughts on my research; and Psychogeography is a more whimsical walk around Warrington’s streets, with information on their use both past and present, as well as suggestions as to what sort of shops could be in the buildings instead – a sort of Fantasy Property Developer, if you will.
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