The Fish Inn


GONE FISH INN…The Fish Inn on the banks of Buttermere in the Lake District has been sold for a cool £1.3m at auction, allowing its former owners John and Jean Richardson to begin their retirement after 52 years at the helm. New owners Mike and Abi Martin are delighted to take over the running of the 10-bedroom guesthouse that features heavily in the local legend of the Maid of Buttermere. The story goes that Mary Robinson, the famously beautiful daughter of the Fish Inn’s landlord, married a local man illegally posing as the nobleman Colonel Hope. The marriage was widely reported, resulting in his fraud being exposed. The false Colonel was tried and hanged, leaving Mary heartbroken until she met Richard Harrison, a local farmer, and lived happily ever after. 

Ed Howe Metrolink Map

NETWORKING…There are a number of ways to fill these long, lockdown days. The amount of banana bread being baked across the nation has reached record highs while the number of DIY haircuts continues to amuse and horrify in equal measure. But the region’s self-proclaimed transport and architecture nerd, Ed Howe, found a more novel way of filling the void of human interaction by formulating his fantasy Manchester Metrolink network. Howe’s map, which brings to life Mayor Andy Burnham’s dreams of a transport deathstar, features 11 lines and stretches as far as the confectionery capital of the High Peak, New Mills in the south up to Rawtenstall in the north. Step away from those brown bananas and check it out.

SNAKE SIGHTING…Lockdown has provided nature with a chance to thrive without the choking oppression of car fumes and other such pollutants. We’re all for it, but could it be possible that the environment is healing a little bit too well? After Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester City Council, posted video footage of a snake while on a stroll in North Manchester, Thing feared that it may be time to hop back in the car and ramp up the pollution once more to restore our parks to their former, snakeless, glory. 

New Mayors: Andy Burnham, Steve Rotheram

DJ BATTLE…Brace yourselves, people, as DJ Burno and MC Rothers prepare to spin the decks and make a mess in this, a battle of the city regions. The mayors of the Manchester and Liverpool city regions will go head to head on digital party platform United We Stream to decide once and for all which city has the greatest musical pedigree. Only time will tell who will come out on top. Will Burnham have Rotheram shouting Help! Or could the Greater Manchester mayor be the one Looking Back In Anger after a painful defeat? 

Castle Hey 3d Renders 2 Photo Logo

GREEN WALL…Castle Hey, a mixed-use building on Harrington Street in Liverpool is set for a makeover featuring a 1,600 sq ft green wall. Designed by Want Plants, with help from structural engineer Sutcliffe and architect Condy Lofthouse, the project will see the western side of the building enveloped in a living wall that Derwent Lodge Estates, the building’s owner, hopes will attract tourists and improve the gateway between Castle Street and the Cavern Quarter. Ed Irving, assistant building surveyor for Derwent Lodge Estates, said: “Scientific research has shown that green space and planting has a huge beneficial impact on wellbeing, along with reducing carbon footprint and increasing biodiversity.” The plants are being grown in a nursery ready to install in the summer. 

Trice Barn Farm

STRONG FARM TACTICS…A Bacup farm comprising 80 acres, a farmhouse and a cattle shed is set to go under the hammer with a guide price of, wait for it…£50,000. “Why so cheap?” I hear you ask. Could it be the result of an economic downturn? Has the cattle shed been colonised by a herd of rabid Friesians? The answer to the mystery lies in the farm’s current tenant who, despite being asked to vacate the farm last year, refuses to budge and has been putting up quite a fight. Trice Barn Farm’s weary landlord has decided to put the farm up for sale at a slashed price rather than challenging the errant tenant and who could blame him. Andy Thompson, head of auctions North West at SDL Auctions, told Thing: The farm and its occupant have been causing problems for the owner for many years, which is why they are willing to accept a price way below its market value. This makes it an excellent investment opportunity because, from my experience, auction buyers are rarely put off by a property’s disreputable past or current problems.” 

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The green wall in Harrington Street – the buildings are nondescript, lacking architectural merit, some might say lacking any merit. At present the street is known for the number of parking tickets issued, discarded nitrous canisters, and copious amounts of broken glass. I suppose you have to be famous for something. The green wall will be a great innovation and help drag the street upwards. More such required, please.


By Liver lad

Indeed you can tell it’s Ed’s work, what with the laying claim to the Merseyrail (no doubt abolished!) Northern Line.

By Mike

The Northern line clearly continues to Liverpool on the map????. I see it more as a unification of Liverpool and Manchester’s rail network, long overdue in my opinion

By Rake

Ed Howe’s concept for Metrolink 2045 is designed using sound transport design principles that have already been applied elsewhere. Most of the Metrolink Network is based on re-using existing or defunct rail alignments. Bury through Manchester to Altrincham lead the way with lines to Oldham, Rochdale and East Didsbury following. The rail network in Manchester was built before 1914 on a laissez-faire basis with multiple companies building multiple lines. Although they competed tooth and nail for passengers, the local rail companies collaborated on freight, thanks to the Railway Clearing House. This resulted in lots of handy fill-in connecting links. The reason why Ed’s map looks extensive is because the opportunities that arise are extensive. There are dormant routes out there just ripe for restoration, for example from Bolton to Bury and Stockport to Altrincham. As someone who rubs shoulders with developers you will know that all successful enterprises need a leadership with vision. Vision is characterised by two characteristics: Ambitions and Achievability – Ed’s plan has both. You know you are doing something right when others follow your lead. This is which is just what is happening in the Welsh Valleys, north of Cardiff where the Welsh Government is building an extensive tram train system is taking over for a life expired heavy rail network. Your readership with a direct interest in developing sites whose value would rise dramatically if the right transport system were in place will be taking notes. Estate agents are particularly aware of the value of a handy tram link for house prices. You really need to know which way your Banana bread is buttered.

By Mwmbwls

Merseyrail needs more funding. Manchester got its trams so what about an overhead railway from The Strand to John Lennon airport?

By MmcDrama Queen

The “Metrolink” Northern Line sounds like the sort of union that occurred between Royal London and Royal Liver…

Why do so many Mancunian urban dreamers attach a diminished or leashed Liverpool to their designs.

No thanks!!

By Mike

Manchester’s Metrolink lines need names. Even if they are only colours.

By Elephant