to tell us about Oxfordshire eyesores and your favourite buildings.
Pictures are welcome!
Bryson wrote about them in his comic travelogue, Notes From A Small
Island, and they featured in an episode of Morse.
some, the smoking towers of Didcot Power Station are an inspirational
sight, dominating the landscape north of the ancient Ridgeway.
even been nicknamed The Cathedral of the Vale (a good place for
a baptism of fire, perhaps).
now they've been named as the third most-hated blot on the UK landscape
by the readers of the upmarket magazine, Country Life.
farms and Birmingham's New Street Station came first and second
(though it's some years since New Street was surrounded by fields).
Charles Burns has even depicted the power station in pastels. "Though
nobody can doubt that it is a blot on the landscape," he says,
"it does have a certain majesty about it."
Hobson, the power station's regulation manager, told BBC Oxford
that many local people love the towers, and said they'd probably
have a preservation order slapped on them if anyone really suggested
said: "I'm clearly disappointed. I think it's a splendid-looking
building, particularly the cooling towers."
they even earned a bold defence from Catherine Petts, of the Council
for the Preservation of Rural England.
to listen to them both being interviewed by BBC Radio Oxford's Jonathan
Hancock (Real player needed: see box above for download details).