• Modernism was the new beautiful in ’60s Oldham

  • Smoking Chimneys were once the new beautiful in Oldham

  • Is the tram the new beautiful?

  • Gauging the beautiful erratic

  • Taking the measure of Oldham

  • Oldham: Home of the tubular bandage

  • History building futures / Futures building history

  • Oldham is pioneer country, it always has been

  • Broadcasting things you just wouldn’t believe about Oldham

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  • JacksjPaton

    The boulder that the man at IofPI is measuring in the video is the work of Oldham naturalist-come-activist James Nield. Nield wanted to share the beauty of Oldham’s nature with locals and even further he wanted to share beautiful Oldham with the world. He was part of the public parading of this 20 ton glacial erratic through the streets of Oldham to its resting place in Alexandra park: A gift to the people of Oldham.

  • Guest

    James Nield was passionate about the examining and publicising of one specific site in Oldham, George Milne’s brickyard. It may seem like an unlikely location but whilst quarrying, a large fossilised forest was uncovered. The remains of 12 prehistoric trees some 2ft in diameter, some 6ft tall, and ferns could be seen printed on every rock that surrounded them. A 300 million year old carboniferous forest: frozen in time. James Nield publicised the forest ad so it was hailed as a “wonder of europe” for its size, its detail and for how well it was preserved. No other previously found fossilised forest in Europe could compare.

  • JacksjPaton

    James Nield was passionate about the examining and publicising of one specific site in Oldham, George Milne’s brickyard. It may seem like an unlikely location but whilst quarrying, a large fossilised forest was uncovered. The remains of 12 prehistoric trees some 2ft in diameter, some 8ft tall, and ferns could be seen printed on every rock that surrounded them. A 300 million year old carboniferous forest: frozen in time. James Nield publicised the forest ad so it was hailed as a “wonder of europe” for its size, its detail and for how well it was preserved. No other previously found fossilised forest in Europe could compare.

  • JacksjPaton

    James Nield was passionate about the examining and publicising of one specific site in Oldham, George Milne’s brickyard. It may seem like an unlikely location but whilst quarrying, a large fossilised forest was uncovered. The remains of 12 prehistoric trees some 2ft in diameter, some 6ft tall, and ferns could be seen printed on every rock that surrounded them. A 300 million year old carboniferous forest: frozen in time. James Nield publicised the forest and so it was hailed as a “wonder of europe” for its size, its detail and for how well it was preserved. No other previously found fossilised forest in Europe could compare.

  • JacksjPaton

    A 300 million year old carboniferous forest: frozen in time, found by James Nield in George Milne’s brickyard Oldham. 300 million years ago before even the continents formed and nothing more advanced than simple reptiles existed, the earth was covered in towering swamp forests. Forests densely packed with “trees” such as the lepedidendron, which could reach heights of 30 metres and had scales.

  • JacksjPaton

    COAL, is the death and decay of these gigantic swamp forests that existed in oldham 300 million years ago.Coal was the fuel of industrious oldham, without Oldham’s coal measures and miners the success of the cotton or machinery industries would not have been possible. We owe a lot too these forests. The Fossils we find in coal quarries remind us of this.

  • JacksjPaton

    Sadly whilst Nield campaigned for years for the site to be made into a museum, the fossil forest was forgotten, vandalised and eventually filled in and built over.A wonder of europe buried.There are only a few remains left , does anyone have any or know of any? There used to be a whole trunk at the bluecoat school but it seems to have vanished too. Any ideas?