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.
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.
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.