Sunday, 1 May 2016

1444 : Halifax At The Speed Of Light

When I look at this photograph I am reminded of those nineteenth century etchings of northern mill towns. But it can't be nineteenth century because I took the photograph and even I am not that old. And if you look carefully there are two blocks of flats in the background. It appears that if you keep old photographs they age faster than the speed of light.

Friday, 29 April 2016

1442 : Like Pigs In Clover

I wasn't even aware that pigs were particularly fond of clover. In my experience they would prefer a muddy, straw-covered, warm sty any day of the week.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

1441 : Droning On About Halifax

These days if you want an aerial view of your locality you buy yourself one of those neat little drones and launch it skywards. You might well bring down a few passing aeroplanes in the process, but you will probably get some decent shots. Forty-five years ago a drone was nothing other than an annoying noise and if you wanted a God-like view of your home town you had to climb Beacon Hill.

Monday, 25 April 2016

1440 : Springtime In Fixby

The weather is odd at the moment. One day you think Spring has sprung with the resilience of a tempered coil spring, and the next hail is driving down from the sky with a vengeance. You face one way and it is still Winter, then turn around through 180 degrees and it is Spring.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

1439 : A Town At A Crossroads

Halifax From Beacon Hill, Alan Burnett (1971)

Halifax in the early 1970s - a town at a crossroads. The remnants of the old North Bridge Station still remain whilst the new flyover casts a shadow over the area. High rise flats do battle with Victorian church spires and Dean Clough Mills still wove carpets rather than housed call centres.

1438 : The Forgiving Winds Of Russia

Conisbrough Castle, South Yorkshire (April 2016)

Many years ago I was taken to the top of the battlements at Conisbrough Castle and told that the wind that almost blew me over was coming straight and uninterrupted from the Russian steppes. That was back in the days when the castle was set in the midst of the working South Yorkshire coalfield, and ascent of the tower could only be attempted with a hard hat and scaffolding. In the post mining-world that is now South Yorkshire, the castle is a tourist attraction, and the wind is gentler and more forgiving.

Friday, 19 February 2016

1437 : Bronx And Brewer's Tudor

Westgate House provides a rare splash of the exotic to the sober stone-proper centre of Huddersfield. Designed in the early 1920s by the Newcastle architect Pascale Steinlet, it seems to blend elements of Arts and Crafts with almost a trans-Atlantic style (making a recent tenant, the clothes firm Bronx, a suitable inhabitant). Next to it stands the Royal Swan Hotel, built in a style that has been called "Brewer's Tudor".

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

1435 : Yards In Front Of His Accentuating Finger

The statue of William Edward Forster - the Bradford MP, social reformer and architect of the 1870 Education Act - stands proud in the square named after him in the centre of Bradford. Backed by the Victorian Post Office and with the Cathedral just over his right shoulder it is a statesman-like pose in a statesman-like spot. At least it was, until they built the new Shopping Mall yards in front of his accentuating finger