Author Archives: Morturn

About Morturn

Historian – Photographer – Filmmaker Retired construction professional with a passion for public, social and industrial history. I believe in equality, dignity and integrity for all. Don’t like people who try to belittle the ambitions of others. I am of the opinion that my now life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.

On this special Remembrance Day, let us not forget the invisible casualties of war.

This is my dad 18 at years old. Already a fully trained soldier fighting for his country and a cause he believed in. He survived the WWII and continued his active service for another two years after the war ended. … Continue reading

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A lighthouse tower in Birmingham

In the Studio, time for another tower, a lighthouse tower in Birmingham? Of course, there is a connection between lighthouses and Birmingham. Chance Brothers and Company was a glassworks originally based in Spon Lane, Smethwick. Located between Birmingham and the … Continue reading

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Back to Backs

In the Studio…. The Back to Backs. I was in a mind experiment mood today. Teasing out memoires of how well I recalled the Back to Back houses that were so common in Birmingham. No reference photo to draw by, … Continue reading

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Leawood Pump House on the Cromford Canal

This is one of my favourite (special) places. Set in woodland between the Cromford Canal and the River Derwent, it is a wonderful icon of our industrial past. The now Grade II* listed building was erected 1849 to pump water … Continue reading

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A symbol of the past fighting for its future.

Redcar Steelworks. I took this image in 2015 while the steelworks was still operational. I was captivated only buy the industrial process, but the sense of community that had grown up around this site. There was an immense pride in … Continue reading

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Staying on the Radar at Titterstone Clee

Shropshire is the home of my ancestors; I have traced them back to the 17th century. While it is seen as rural, it has been an ever-changing landscape. None more so than at Titterstone Clee. Near the summit trig point … Continue reading

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Reflections of Tewksbury Weir

Mill Avon is a significant mill race that fed two large mills in Tewksbury. Flowing south it joins the Severn at Lower Load. Load being a crossing point on the river where you can still take the ferry to the … Continue reading

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A Postcard From The Past National Mills Weekend

Don’t forget that National Mills Weekend is starting today. Water and windmills are quite magical places and have been a part of our landscape for hundreds of years. Not only are they places of peaceful contemplation, they are the guardians … Continue reading

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Place Attachment

Landscape enlarges conciseness, we form place attachment so quickly, we don’t need to try. Place attachment is the way we relate, interact, experience and understand our relationship with our environment, our memory and our past. Wetton Mill is where I … Continue reading

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A Significant Date

Friday 26th October 2018 marks the 160th anniversary of the first water to be pumped from Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield to the industrial Black Country in the industrial Midlands. The nineteenth century witnessed significant changes to the landscape. With the … Continue reading

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