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A Fascinating Map That Shows The Changes In The History Of Colchester

Colchester is the oldest recorded town of Great Britain. Over the past 250 years, many special events have occurred in the town, the details of which can be found in a historical map. The ichnography of Colchester is believed to have been produced by James Deane, a local architect. Although the illustration of Colchester was not signed, the record office keeps some of the works of Mr. Deane.

Louise Rodwell, a student of Essex University was investigating the history of the town’s High Street when she found the map in the Essex Record Office. According to Rodwell, the layout the town is still recognizable because it is based on the streets set out by the Romans. On the map, some of the streets were named while others were included in a key that lists 41 other places indicated in the map through letters and numbers.

Some of places are still familiar like the castle, St. John’s Abbey Gate, High Street, Head Street and other names that are no longer in use that includes Grub Street, Hog Street and Cat Lane. Grub Street corresponds to Balkerne Hill and Middlebrough while Hog Street is known today as Military Road. Cat Lane has been upgraded to Lion Walk.

Rodwell who is detailing the research on the website of Essex Record Office has stated that the detailed observations contained in the map could lead to some hidden gems. Aside from detailed study, the map includes a number of charming details none of which exist today. These details include middle row where a narrow row of shops and a church in the middle of High Street used to exist. Three windmills can be found on the southern edge of the map while ships sailing in the River Colne at the Hythe are illustrated at the southeast corner of the map.

London City Illustrated Map shows the major landmarks of the city including prominent parts of the landscape, green spaces, museums, famous buildings and places of cultural interest. The map provides the user with immediate familiarity and a sense of identification which cannot be generated through the traditional maps used to point directions.


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The Most Common Accidents People Get From Tree Cutting

UK – Tree cutting is a dangerous task, no doubt about that. That is why most people would rather call on the professionals whenever they have a serious problem with the trees they have at home other than doing the tree work themselves. Understandably, this is the wisest decision they can ever make. Tree regulations are placed not only to protect trees but to protect the people as well. If a tree dies or gets diseased, however, it would need to be put down. Both pruning and cutting are best left to the arborists and tree surgeons because if you don’t, you might experience the following common tree cutting accidents.

  1. Getting Struck. The most common accident one can get from cutting trees is getting struck. In worst case scenarios, you or your property could get struck by a tree wrongly cut. Property struck by a tree could seriously cost you a lot on repairs or rebuilding and if you get struck, you would either become vegetable or get killed. But in most cases, people get struck by falling branches or limbs.
  2. This is the second most common accident from tree cutting. People could either fall from a ladder, from the roof if tree is accessible via roof, or from the tree itself due to poor harnessing.
  3. When a tree is planted near a power line, the biggest risk would have to be electrocution. Electrocution is seriously fatal that is why you should be very careful when cutting branches near the wires. If you don’t get killed by the electrocution, the fall might kill you.
  4. Impact Injuries. When equipment fails, such as a rope breaking or a lift mechanism malfunctioning, you could get thrown off or pinned against another structure, both could result in injuries.
  5. Cuts could range from serious to moderately serious depending on the manner of its cause. You could get cut from misusing or mishandling power equipment such chainsaws or hacksaws.

These are the most common accidents a person can get from tree cutting that is why if you want to avoid them, you would opt to call on capable professionals like those from Ark Fencing & Treework instead.

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125-Year Old Storm Damaged Tree Turned Into 16Ft Cricket Bat

Cricket bats have become a great part of every cricketer’s life, often searching for quality cricket bat sale online and from traditional stores. Now, every cricketer would be pleased to know that a pine tree, which was set to be cut down, was instead carved into a huge 16ft cricket bat. The said pine tree has been standing near the boundary of a cricket club for about 125 years now and after a storm from 2 years ago had left it heavily damaged, two cricketers decided to carve a huge bat out of it.

It was first planted on the eastern border of the Shobrooke Park Cricket Club, located in Crediton, Devon, back in 1890. The storms, or the gales, that damaged it had torn the upper boughs and had only left a 30 ft trunk. Because of this, Steve Jones and Bruce Kerry, both cricketers, had thought about how the pine shouldn’t go to waste that is why they decided that the best thing to do was to come up with a plan to save it. And that they did. Soon after, they began working on the damaged tree. It took about 18 months to carve the entirety of the 16 ft. luckily; Bruce Kerry himself was a tree surgeon while Steve Jones was skilled in woodworks.

They used chainsaws and electric planers to transform the trunk into the desired proportions of the cricket bat.

Normally, a cricket bat is made up of willow wood but it didn’t stop the people from admiring the marvelous carving.

According to Jones, it was such a shame to have such a historic tree turn into firewood that is why they had come up with the idea to turn into a cricket bat. He says that they used an old Duncan Fearnley bat so that they could get the proportions right.

The bat currently stands at 16 ft high and about 2 ft wide. In order to prevent the wood from rotting, they applied a wood preservative while the handle had been wrapped with polypropylene rope.

The carving had become very popular and people from all around are coming just to see it.

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Government Defends Commoners Amidst Driveway Tax

Across United Kingdom, people living downtown, near train stations and sports complex are renting spare space, driveways, or other unused parking spaces off the street. The rental income provides for the middle class hard working families in the area. It also provides people looking for a parking space with an affordable or cheap space. They would not be bothered thinking that their cars will be towed away. Money experts have recommended these to households in urban and suburban areas. This is a very practical way of generating money.

However, there are those that oppose to this idea. Those seated in councils do not like this income generating business by small time folks. They argued that it will deprive them of making parking income. The council is actively seeking that these households should apply for a “change of use” in their planning permission. The planning fee will cost 385 pounds and the council is now pressuring households by imposing fines reaching 20,000 pounds if the home owners do not apply.

The government will publish a new guidance regarding the change of use of a certain household area. This new guideline will allow the public to rent their unused spaces without the need of a planning permission. Furthermore, household owners will only be granted permission if renting out will not hassle the public and neighbors. A clear distinction is being made between renting a parking space for a single car to park as opposed to altering your garden and make it into a car park for commercial use. The latter will clearly require a planning permission from the city while the aforementioned will not require any planning permission.

As the council is resisting this move by the government, the secretary of state for local government pointed out that the council should instead be welcoming this idea. This way, the hard working people will be enjoying extra cash. He further pressed on by saying that councils should not interfere with an honest activity by sincere people that causes no danger to other people.

Household owners are elated that the government is standing up for them against town hall bullies.