Huddersfield has a Watergate. It gives access to the goods entrance of Sainsbury's rather than the offices of the Democratic National Convention. There used to be a brewery here (The Watergate Brewery). The brewery has been gone the best part of a century, but the water is still there - mainly it drops from the sky.
Nobody seems to know the identity of the sculptor this particular place was named after - although records suggest a plasterer used to live there. If my brother could ever be tempted to move back to this part of the world, it would make a suitable place for him to settle down. Roger, there's a place for you.
Where were GPS co-ordinated when you needed them? I must have taken this photograph fifty years ago, when GPS co-ordinates were the stuff of science fiction. I am reduced to trying to remember where this abandoned lake was - and as far as I can remember it was one of the former boating lakes of Sunnyvale Pleasure Gardens at Hipperholme, near Halifax. If so, this was, at one time, one of the most popular resorts in Yorkshire that attracted thousands of visitors each day. How the mighty fell.
Halifax is blessed by so many fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings, you can easily walk by a building that would stand out in different surroundings. I must have passed this building on Commercial Street a thousand times or more over the last fifty years without ever recognising its beauty.
The remnants of North Bridge Station and the goods yard on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway can be clearly seen on this photograph. It was demolished a few years later - in 1974 - to make way for a new Leisure Centre and supermarket. The line had been constructed in 1880 and provided an alternative route between Halifax and Bradford. At that time, North Bridge had to be rebuilt to allow trains to pass under it.
During much of the nineteenth and twentieth century, that part of Halifax north of the Parish Church and along the banks of the Hebble were dominated by the works of the Halifax Gas, Light and Coke Company. The streets of the town were first lit by gas lights in the 1820s, and it wasn't until the late twentieth century that the structures that created, cooled, and stored all that gas and power were finally removed.