Monday, 13 September 2010

Burdock Way, Halifax


For once I can be fairly definite about the date I took this photograph. The history books state that construction of the massive Halifax by-pass scheme - known as Burdock Way - started in 1970 and was completed two years later. It wasn't so much a "by-pass", more a road that seemed to cut straight through the town : flying over the valley and cutting through the adjacent hillside. Some claimed it was one of the most exciting civil engineering projects of its day, others that it resulted in a scar across the face of a fine Victorian town. I have to say I have always found that its lines and proportions had a certain grandness about them.

8 comments:

John said...

Don't know id you saw them, but there were a good set of programs on BBC4 last night, 8-10.30 on Newcastle, included a great set of photos from a shoot 30 years ago in Byker. Love the old shots.

Valerie said...

Like Spaghetti Junction, which is an amazing constructon, the dirty great, ugly columns that hold the thing in place positively litter the area, completely spoiling it for people who have to walk beneath or nearby.

TICKLEBEAR said...

people over there seem to react to the same way we do, as the metropolitaine cleaves montreal in two, brutally so...

interesting pic nonetheless, despite its impact on the locality.
HUGZ

Abraham Lincoln said...

American has monumental scars like this one, if it is called a scar, but they are so much used that they are worn out and in desperate need of repair. Obama wants to spend the money but our fleabag Republicans don't want it. I like the black and white.

Denise said...

Another lovely image. I do enjoy these black and white photos. Thank you Alan and have a great week.
An English Girl Rambles

willow said...

Oh, this one's nice, Alan. Very nice.

KleinsteMotte said...

how does the area look now?

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