A by product of the age of the railway, these railway arches have been put to good use by being let out as small industrial units. On the southern end of Leamington there is quite a long stretch of raised track through the town, and for as long as I can remember they have been used by industry. There is all sorts here from car repair shops to music studios. A very intelligent use of space and a boon for the small entrepreneur.
The Ladder Bridge.
This has been done before, but not from this angle. It crosses over the Grand Union Canal and links from the Althorpe Street Industrial complex to a path that leads past the Rangemaster factory.
This shot shows the Rangemaster factory, a side of which, not too many people see fortunately. It does look almost derelict and would make a good backdrop for a zombie movie. For such a prestigious company, this does let them down, as this is one of the first buildings that rail travellers would see when entering Leamington from London and the south. I feel quite strongly about this, being a Leamingtonian, and have e-mailed the firm expressing my concern. Watch this space.
This is more like it. When the Ford's Foundry closed down and was taken over by Morrisons, a piece of land was set aside as a community woodland. It is a small parcel of land bordered by the supermarket and a railway line, and is open to the community for visits. Unfortunately, it is managed by volunteers and is not open at any specific times. The notice on the gate explains this, and asks that you visit the Foundrywood web site to get the opening times. Not much good when you first visit!