Thai Boxer

Thai Boxer from the North.

Brilliant action photo of a Thai Boxer sent into me for restoration.
I love restoring most of the photos sent into me but this one goes up on the top shelf. I wasn’t aware that martial art sports were even around at this time, for local people anyway, so this photo is a bit of a surprise.
As you can see the original was in very poor condition with all the creases and fades spotted around. Made worse by the fact that it was a photo-copy but the resulting restoration has done the photo justice I think.
My customer asked for just the B&W to be restored as it’s a picture of her late husband but I can never resist doing freebies for people if I see something better can be done with it. In this case I restored the original, added a fabulous colour splash, then photo manipulated the trainer out. The reason for that was he was placed in a poor position spoiling the overall effect. Taking him out of the photo was a little more difficult than first anticipated so I blended a new wall into the photo which merged in fantastically.
Great result for me, Thai Boxer kicking butt, and all for just £14.00.

Original Thai Boxing photo.

Original photo of Thai Boxer with many creases and patches.

Restored B&W version.

Restored B&W version of Thai Boxer looking very good.

Free Photo Colourising.

Thai Boxer in glorified splash colour.

Thai Boxer with Photo Manipulation.

Thai Boxer with Photo Manipulation and added colour splash.

Beautiful photo manipulation

Beautiful photo of moonlight fishing.

Imagine this beautiful photo hanging from your wall. It’s so captivating to the point that you are sat on the lakeside watching this Chinese man fishing by moonlight. No sway in the trees, small lapping water at your feet, birds flying around hoping for a titbit.
The mood captured by this moonlight scene is so soothing and even romantic in it’s own way, so can you resist it when it’s on offer at just £6.00 for a digital copy.
Contact me if you would like a copy without the watermark and mention if you would like my signature discretely at the bottom of the photo.
Here are some of the details:
31 layers created to make up this scene, 9 hours to complete. Totally unique and crafted by myself. Can be slightly adjusted to your spec for an addition of appx’ £4.00.
It can be printed as high as 24″ without any loss of detail, double that if using a quality printer. This beautiful photo can also be cropped for you at no cost to suit your favourite photo frame.

Beautiful photo of Chinese fisherman by moonlight.

Oldham history

Oldham history, mid 19th century.

The photo shown here was for me a great find for Oldham history. I gave it minimal photo restoration and a little additional photo colourising so’s not to invade on the true age being depicted. Holebottom Colliery was situated on Moss Street (now named Fairbottom Street) in Oldham. In 1854 the colliery was operated by Lees, Jones and Co, and this continued until 1878.
The photograph shows Fairbottom Street in the middle of the 19th century. The base of the colliery chimney stack was later covered up by the front stalls of the Kings Cinema, which was built in 1911. The pit shaft is also now under buildings. The large building in the background, is the back of the Theatre Royal on Horsedge Street. The Coliseum, which was built in 1887 would appear later on the extreme right of this view.
In 1856 the pit was part of a valuation of the assets of Lees, Jones and Company. the equipment was listed as:
One pair headstocks, pulleys, capstan and cages.
One 24 horse, condensing engine with pumping gear complete.
One 20 horse, H.P. winding engine, with winding gear complete.
One hemp and one wire rope.
Two boilers fitted up complete.
One boiler house and chimney.
One wire capstan rope.
Smith shop and store rooms.
1305 pairs of rails with iron sleepers.
69 3-basket wagons.
2 houses at Holebottom.

In August 1876 the rotary beam engine at Holebottom was giving 17 strokes/minute and the pumps working 6 strokes/minute. The shaft was 177 yards deep to the Lower Bent seam, passing through five other seams on the way.
Operation passed to Jones and Company in 1878 but legal disputes and geological problems led to closure around 1880.

Holebottom colliery Moss st Oldham, now Fairbottom st

The same site today for this Oldham history photo. This is looking in the opposite direction, so the Kings cinema (Built on the mine) is on the right and the Oldham coliseum being refurbished on the left.

Fairbottom St Oldham with Kings cinema on right. Oldham colisium on left.


Shiloh Spinners

Shiloh Spinners sports day, Royton.

It was quite common for large companies to organise sports or fun days for their employees back in the 50’s. Many had Christmas parties for all the family and the lucky ones got a sports day during the summer. The Elk mill used to have one every year sponsored of course by the owners Shiloh spinning company. They were brilliant for kids mainly because of the fairground rides and plenty of sports activities to join in with.
The photo below shows a time for great fun at the Elk mill, Royton. It’s one that I have restored for myself after living and marrying a Royton girl. There’s some fascinating history surrounding the town so all these photos I have collected will go into a special page for my personal memories.
Hope you like the restoration and colourising, there’s plenty more to come.

This photo – Restored and Colourised.

Shiloh spinners annual sports day

This photo – The original before restoration.

Shiloh Sports Day, original photo

Shiloh Spinners

February 17, 1874, eleven Royton men of modest means met and decided to float a cotton spinning company. There could have been no more suitable place than Royton for this venture, for Royton boasts the first cotton mill in Lancashire – the Old Mill, Thorp Clough. Built in 1764 in the village of Thorp it was less than two miles away from Holden Fold, where these eleven Roytonians decided to build their new mill. They decided to call the new venture the Shiloh Spinning Company Ltd., named after an old wooden mill of the same name partially destroyed by fire which stood on the site they proposed to purchase.
In 1926 work was started on the Elk mill, Royton and was completed and opened in 1927.

Royton Urban District Council

Royton Urban District Council.

The photo below depicts Royton Urban District Council showing off their service vehicles in front of Royton baths. It was quite a common thing to do up until around the 60’s when sadly it seemed to stop globally. I say sadly because in the future it will be more difficult for people to research their own areas and will not be able to identify with their town or village.
I live in this area and love restoring old photos linked to Royton, but the pressure of doing photos for other people restricts the time I have for some self indulgency.
I’m going to set a page up on this website for any old pictures I come across of the my hometown though it may take some time to fill it up due to my work load.

There was quite a lot of work to do on this photo of Royton Urban District Council. Mostly because of colourising it in addition to restoring it. In total there was 21 layers needed to complete the photo, a large part being the colour layers but many more layers were used whilst performing the repair.
I have a new technique for replacing backgrounds for instance adding a new skyline. So this will feature much more in pictures restored in the future. It’s kind of a trademark with me and anything that helps speed up the process is very welcome.

A gentleman from a local site offered this information. “First looks like a Bedford the second from the left looks like an old Dennis ex Desert Campaign four wheel drive. And the last two purpose built refuse bodies which could be on any make of chassis The chimneys are from the left Bath Mill, Fir Mill just over the Baths roof and the Baths when it was heated by coal fired boiler. Your colour choice is not far out from memory amazing update PR”

Royton Urban District Council 1863 to 1974

This is the original photo with the usual creases, blemishes. low contrast and everything else you get with an old picture.

magaret sutcliffe-Royton Council

Brief history of Royton.

Royton council dates from 1863 to 1974, a local government district in Lancashire which covered the modern-day town of Royton and its suburbs and districts.
Royton covers a significant area to the north-west of the Oldham and formed part of the Oldham Parliamentary  constituency until abolished in 1950.

The township of Royton historically lay in the large parish of Prestwich cum Oldham. In 1863 Royton Local Government District was created when the township adopted the local Government act of 1858. A local board was formed to govern the town and in 1879 the district was enlarged by the addition of parts of Thornham township. The Local Government act of 1894 then reconstituted the area as an Urban District thus Royton Urban District Council replaced the local board. The urban district was divided into five wards: Dogford, Dryclough, Haggate, Heyside, and Thornham, with each ward returning three councillors to the fifteen-member council. The only change to boundaries was in 1933, when the Lancashire Review Order added a small area from the neighbouring borough of Middleton.

In 1974 Royton Urban District was abolished by the Local Government act of 1972 and its former area transferred to Gtr Manchester to form part of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham. This is how it stands today, 2014, though many people still regret the loss of being part of Lancashire and stoically address their mail as Lancs and not Gtr Manchester.