Broken, distorted, rusty metal fence at the end of Grenville Street, Edgeley, Stockport, Greater Manchester

Broken, distorted, rusty metal fence at the end of Grenville Street, Edgeley, Stockport, Greater Manchester (Image Reference: 20110121A-E00795)

When I was a child there was a very steep cobbled road that I used to walk up and down with my parents. It’s called Grenville Street and it connects Edgeley to Brinksway at the side of Hollywood Park in Stockport.

I know the lower part of this road has been built on because I often drive past where it used to come out. But I’ve wondered for a while whether any of the cobbled sections still exist. Today I went to look. It doesn’t. What does exist is some of the old metal railings. But after 40 or more years they have seen better days. I’d like to think that these are the same railings that 40+ years ago I dragged a branch along to make a noise as we walked home along Grenville Street. If they are, let me state now… that 7-year-old boy bashing the railings with his stick is not responsible for the damaged state they are now in.

Photographically, I deliberately chose a shallow depth of field and focused on the broken edge of the railing. I have desaturated the image a little and applied sepia split tone effect in Lightroom to dive a brownish colour cast to the image.

January 2020 update: Nine years later, I haven’t returned to these railings so I don’t know if they are still there and if they are what state they are currently in. Perhaps a return visit is overdue.

Settings: 1/60s, f/4, ISO 100. Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @105 mm.

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