W.H. and J. Slater beg to intimate

Many thanks to Nigel Aspdin for bringing my attention to a small notice in the 26th February, 1873 edition of The Derby Mercury which confirms that the Slaters had indeed taken over Horsley Castle Quarry (and Coxbench quarry) by this date. So, it seems almost certain that the Slaters would have supplied stone from their quarry for the dressing of the Margaret Street façades. Here is the wording of the notice:

COXBENCH & HORSLEY CASTLE STONE QUARRIES, NEAR DERBY.

W.H. and J. SLATER, having taken and reopened the above Quarries, beg to intimate that they are now prepared to SUPPLY the best quality of STONE for every description of BUILDING PURPOSES, either in large random blocks or cut to any dimension.

Address: W.H. and J. SLATER, BUILDERS, DERBY.

For a scan of the original notice visit Nigel Aspdin’s Denby brickworks page here.

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Done (in)

Well, that’s almost it for the MA and ‘Two Years at Margaret Street’.

The show’s been open for the best part of a week now and will be taken down tomorrow afternoon. Marks are published and I have done fine. I will add a few more images from the show soon.

It’s not the end of my time at Margaret Street though as I will now undertake three further years based there for my PhD. I will announce the blog for this shortly. This blog will be left live for the foreseeable future and may even be added to should I stumble upon some nugget of wisdom or an interesting angle to photograph as I roam the School’s corridors.

Showing Up

'a glass of sweet and strange colour' slides

‘a glass of sweet and strange colour’ slides

Door to Private Room

Door to Private Room

Ruskin Pottery Hashtag

Ruskin Pottery Hashtag

Margaret Street Colours

Margaret Street Colours

Margaret Street Colours

Margaret Street Colours

HCS Reprise (greystone)

HCS Reprise (greystone)

HCS Reprise (greystone)

HCS Reprise (greystone)

General view of Private Room

General view of Private Room

'a glass of sweet and strange colour' vinyl

‘a glass of sweet and strange colour’ vinyl

'a glass of sweet and strange colour' slides

‘a glass of sweet and strange colour’ slides

'a glass of sweet and strange colour' slides

‘a glass of sweet and strange colour’ slides

Still Working

Well, the holidays are all over and it’s back to the reality of a deadline at less than a week away. On Friday at 4pm a big bell will sound round the corridors of Margaret Street School of Art signalling the end of (for me) two enjoyable, stimulating, frustrating, stretching, painful years on the Fine Art MA course.

Despite the holidays work hasn’t really stopped. I’m still just about on track but boy, do these school holidays get in the way of working! Here are a few photos from recent endeavours:

frame HCS_carving_1 HCS_carving_2 MSColours_2 MSColours

Working, working, working

aglassofIn amongst the holidays I have been working honest! I’ve just been too busy to write any blog entries. Things are beginning to come together for the Show although I have a few annoying gaps due to people not getting back to me about some of my working I need to subcontract out. There is also a growing amount of admin to attend to.

Tomorrow I’m screenprinting and film editing again; I also have a tutorial. Hopefully I will have some more images to share later next week but for now it’s back to the working.