urban decay


Rouge on a corpse: Salford Chapel Street

[fimg id=7686943798] Three years ago I was passing through Manchester on the way from Edinburgh to Snowdonia. Took an evening stroll down Salford’s Chapel Street: the main A6 road from Salford Central to the rest of the borough. [fimg id=7686934180 size=Medium][fimg id=7686955464 size=Medium] They had just completed a Kensington High […]


The dismal town of Yeovil

[fimg id=5199427355] It’s difficult to find a nice thing to say about Yeovil, the nearest proper town to where I grew up. [fimg id=4812836025 size=Medium][fimg id=5109934983 size=Medium] But I could go on at length about the awfulness of it. The miserable generic shopping precincts with a skin of decaying and […]


Denny Church Walk

[fimg id=7341124464] I stumbled upon this riding down to Falkirk from Stirling in January. [fimg id=7341124810 size=Medium][fimg id=7341124612 size=Medium] The great concrete 1960s Church Walk blocks in Denny, Falkirk, officially Scotland’s Most Dismal Town 2010. [fimg id=7155975933] The townsfolk requested the honour, hoping that it would help to prod the […]


Battersea, in all its desolation

So Beautiful Britain magazine — a magazine that I could find no evidence of anybody having ever heard of — is putting out press releases about their latest “survey”. It’s a survey of Britain’s worst eyesores and best loved buildings. But wait, doesn’t that press release get a little bit, […]