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Friends meetings are now on Sunday afternoons for the winter period and still open to LES members.


Annual Day Trip

Thursday 24th May 2018

20 members visited the Anson Engine Museum in the Cheshire countryside near Poynton, which is on the edge of the Peak district. 

It is difficult to imagine that this quiet rural location was, until the mid 20th century a hive of industry. The Anson Museum is itself situated on the site of the former Anson Colliery. The Manchester and Stockport areas were also centres for engine manufacturing so the museum draws of volunteers formerly employed by famous named brands. Names, such as Gardner, Crossley, Mirlees and Blackstone among others were manufactured within a short distance of the museum. The volunteers demonstrated a number of engines including some huge diesel monsters, one of which powered a generating plant. The enthusiasm of the volunteers was impressive, in many cases the engines were assembled from rusty components found in derelict factory sites.

In some cases recommissioning had taken years as rare componants were either sourced or re-manufactured. After approximately two and a half hours we were taken to the Castlefield area of Manchester where there are a choice of lunch opportunities including the famous "Alberts Shed". 

The Museum of Science and Industry also attracted some members.




Previous Outings

2018 Anson Engine Museum Poynton Cheshire.

2017 Old Dock Liverpool.

2016-City of Leeds and Royal Armouries Museum.

2015-Salford-Media City.

2014-City of Chester and Anderton Boat Lift.

2013-City of Liverpool-Cathedrals and Williamson Tunnels.

2012-City of Manchester-Museum of Science and Industry.

2011 City of York

2010-Salford City and Lowery Theatre.

2009-City of Newcastle-Sage Music Centre Gateshead and the Seven Bridges over the Tyne.

2008-City of Liverpool -Albert Dock.

2007 Falkirk Wheel Scotland