F is for Fruit

There is nothing like fruit for adding flavour to your five-a-day diet. It also makes for a colorful photograph like the the one on the left, taken in the indoor market in Ashton.

This ABC Wednesday post is all about fotos of local fruit, though not in a conventional sense as you’ll see.

First out of the fruit bowl is a strawberry, or rather Strawberry Studios in Stockport. Originally Inner City Studios, it was bought by the road manager of Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas in 1968 and he took as a partner Eric Stewart, lead guitarist with the Mindbenders.

It was Stewart’s idea to rename it Strawberry Studios in honour of his favourite Beatles song, Strawberry Fields Forever. He also went on to form the band 10cc with Graham Gouldman, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley.

Although the studio is most associated with 10cc, other artists to record there included Joy Division, Neil Sedaka, Barclay James Harvest, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Paul McCartney and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra

It closed as a recording studio in the early 1990s and was converted for video and film production, but a Blue Plaque records its place in pop history.

Next in the fruit cocktail is Pear Mill by the River Goyt in Stockport. It was one of the last cotton mills built in the north west and began production in 1913 and closing in 1978.

It has an impressive 200 foot chimney which some brave souls have climbed secretly and in darkness.

It is a listed building and is now home to a range of businesses including Brays Furniture, Run of the Mill indoor play area and Awesome Walls climbing centre.

A further fruity foto is of a pub sign, The Pineapple Inn on Heaton Lane. It isn’t famous or historical in any way as far as I know, although one reviewer said:  “I went here yesterday. It is a great range of Robinson’s beers (obviously not Old Tom or Double Hop). I drank a few pints of Cumbria Way. The beer was in perfect condition.”

There are a number of pubs called The Pineapple, an unusual name. The oldest took the name from the proximity of pine forests when pine cones were known as pineapples.

The similar look and shape of the tropical fruit lead it to be called a pineapple in 1664 and some pubs adopted it as their sign, no doubt to appear exotic.

The final fruit foto was taken in my own home last summer and features a bowlful of greengages.

I would like to say that they were produced by my own green fingers, but they weren’t. And my fingers aren’t green.

This member of the plum family originally developed in Moissac, France, from a wild Asian plum was donated to the Parrot household by a kind neighbour.

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5 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 23rd February 2011

    One minute you’re in Cape Town and the next you’re moseying about in south Manchester looking for F words. You are a true jet setter. Interesting what you said about the name “pineapple” etc..

  • rog 23rd February 2011

    a delicious array. i especially love your music references esp to the Beatles, of whom I am fond.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  • Leslie 24th February 2011

    What a fascinating post! I thought it was really going to be about fruit, but you surprised me with information about some interesting historical places! I love green gage jelly! Have a fun-filled week,

    ABCW Team

  • Mr Parrot 24th February 2011

    Thanks all — I aim to please. But I’m not a jetsetter, Yorkie, I use a TARDIS. It’s the only way to travel.

  • LisaF 25th February 2011

    A fun post for F-day. Interesting tidbits of fruity info. I agree that fruit makes great photo shots.


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