Friday, 24 September 2010

An Oratorio Of Steam And Stone


My picture today - which dates back forty or so years - shows the Bowling Dyke Dye Works of H  Fletcher & Co. which were part of the Dean Clough complex in Halifax (you can just see the "Crossleys' Carpet" sign on the main mill in the background). The original Bowling Dyke mill burnt down in July 1847 but it was replaced the following year by the mill you see in the photograph. A contemporary report states that an oratorio was performed when the mill re-opened : a fitting celebration for a town where choral music has always played such an important part.

9 comments:

C.M. Jackson said...

what a lovely post---I wonder what they sang?...cheers!

Sunny said...

I really love this picture. The shapes and textures of the buildings with the smoke...it's really wonderful.
Happy Weekend!
☼ Sunny

John said...

Love the shot of the old mills, the rising steam on the right lifts it from just being a building to being a working building.

willow said...

I'm serious. Your photos from this time period are stunning, Alan. The collection must be published!!!!

jennyfreckles said...

Great picture (again). I think dye works were particularly unhealty places to work - and this looks no exception.

Pam said...

So glad you stated you are "addicted" to going through your old negatives Alan. These are wonderful!

TICKLEBEAR said...

very industrial, and yet, quite appealing. well done!!
:)~
HUGZ

Valerie said...

The reflection of the smoke brings the water to life as it hovers between sombre buildings.

Beth Niquette said...

Wow. This fills my eyes. Al, you have a marvelous set of photos here. I love this one.