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Author Topic: The end of an era - or at least a gas holder  (Read 12110 times)
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« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2021, 02:33:38 pm »

I've just discovered a Twitter account for the gas holder!  Smiley

https://twitter.com/TowerGas
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« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2021, 02:57:53 pm »

Some more of them falcons is at it ... this time in Wales. From NR» (Network Rail - home page):
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Best laid plans: Network Rail amends bridge refurbishment work after protected birds found nesting in tower
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Network Rail has had to make changes to planned refurbishment works on the Grade II listed Britannia Bridge, in North Wales, after a pair of peregrine falcons were found to be calling it home.

The rare and protected birds were spotted, by a member of the public, flying back and forth to the top of the middle tower of the bridge – which links Anglesey and the mainland of Wales across the Menai Strait.

With restoration works planned on all three towers, Network Rail quickly teamed up with Ecological Consultants, Whitcher Wildlife Ltd, to get advice on how to best protect the falcons.

“After a few visits to the bridge, it soon became clear that a solitary peregrine falcon was roosting, preening and hunting from the central tower”, James Campbell, Ecological Consultant at Whitcher Wildlife Ltd said.

“It was displaying the typical field signs of an adult male, defending the nesting site and tending to feed the female peregrine falcon on the nest.

“Falcons are usually found nesting in high-up places, like cliff tops or tall buildings, but this is the first time I have been called out to monitor these magnificent and rare birds nesting in the tower of a bridge. 

“We are working closely with Network Rail to continue to monitor the birds over the next few months, with work on the central tower now paused until the young peregrines have fledged the nest, later in the year”

Following advice from the ecologist and Natural Resources Wales, the restoration work will continue on Anglesey and Caernarfon towers with scaffolding now being erected in preparation for the main work to begin next month.
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« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2021, 04:43:29 pm »

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There is a planned exhibition (subject to the various current problems) at the Riverside Museum part of Reading Museum in September of artworks related to the gas holder

I believe the dates of the exhibition are 10th-26th Sept 2021. 10:00 - 18:00 daily at The Turbine House, Riverside Museum, Reading, RG1 3EQ
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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2021, 04:57:33 pm »

Dates for the exhibition are confirmed
https://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/heritage-open-days-exhibition-last-gasometer-and-reading%E2%80%99s-changing-skyline
Bar and restaurant (Bel & Dragon) adjacent https://belandthedragon-reading.co.uk/
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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2021, 01:11:58 pm »

Unusual name for the bar/restaurant – named after a book of the Apocrypha.
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« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2021, 07:09:20 am »

... and the demolition begins (or the preparation for it) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-58543251
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« Reply #21 on: September 22, 2021, 06:24:25 pm »

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Video report from ITV News Meridian's Mel Bloor
https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2021-09-21/dismantling-of-readings-final-gas-holder-begins
As one of the contributors says, topographical art was common about the time the gasometer was built, but relatively rare nowadays.
Not sure how long this is available for.
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