Monday, 10 February 2020

1852 : The Striped Photographer


A tiny faded photo from who knows where taken in who knows when. However, the girl in the striped dress is a photographer - one of that indomitable breed of record makers that help us see back into history.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

1851 : Faded Glory


On the concrete wall of Owlerton Stadium in Sheffield someone once painted scenes of the wondrous activities that took place inside: greyhounds racing, speedway bikes crunching into sliding corners. They are faded now as are the wonders they depict.


Friday, 24 January 2020

1848 : Clocking In


LINDLEY CLOCK TOWER, HUDDERSFIELD : An inscription above the door reads "erected by James Nield Sykes Esq JP of Field Head, Lindley, for the benefit of the inhabitants of his village" It was built in 1902, and, at the time, the word was that it was erected to make sure the villagers arrived on time at Sykes' nearby Acre Mills.


Thursday, 23 January 2020

1847 : Heritage Exchange



HERITAGE EXCHANGE, LINDLEY : It was a mill, full of clacking looms and potent frames; now it is urban living and prime office space. One heritage exchanged for another.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

1846 : Fire In Halifax





These are four photographs I took back in Halifax in the late 1960s. I remember the day well: I was walking up towards the library at Belle Vue when I came across a fire in one of the mills towards the bottom of Pellon Lane. I have published individual shots from this sequence before, but here - for the first time - are all four shots.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

1845 : No More Nahum's


I took this photograph of Salterhebble Hill in Halifax in the late 1960s for someone who wanted it as evidence in claim for compensation following an accident. Looking at it now, it is fascinating to see long-forgotten buildings such as Nahum's Union Mill standing where the Water Mill pub and restaurant now stands. This area is undergoing more changes at this current time as part of the road widening scheme.