Friday, 4 February 2011

Hopping Down The Years


Just around the corner from the Wool Merchant Hotel - and conveniently just opposite the Ring O'Bells Inn - is an old railway siding. Under the arches that support the railway line are a set of old coal hoppers. The railway trucks would tip the coal into the hoppers and the horses and carts (and later the wagons) of the coal merchants would collect it. This photograph was taken yesterday, but whilst taking it I remembered having photographed the same scene 45 years before. Maybe I will come across the negative during my trawls through the negative files.

14 comments:

Valerie said...

Nice view for the hotel guests!
We have a similar scene in Birmingham - or did - it's now tidily bricked up. Took a long time for that to happen though.

Rosie said...

You could have fooled me, I thought THIS picture was at least 45 years old! I don't know what coal hoppers were, I can only imagine.

Chairman Bill said...

Looks like a children's prison.

Alan Burnett said...

Dear Chairman Bill, Thank you for your suggestion which I will pass on to the Prime Minister. As you know the Government is determined to stamp out anti-social behavior of all types and your suggestions for dealing with youth offenders will be carefully considered.
Yours etc, No. 10 Press Department

Michael and Hanne said...

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Now you may ask how did this link appear?
It linked through the word Hopper, the name of the famous American 20th C artist. There also seems to be another confusion between the railway car, called a coal hopper. and the places in your photo where the railway cars emptied their coal, also called a coal hopper The next Q is how did the coal man get the coal out of the coal hoppers into his cart? with a shovel? whilst hopping?

Roy said...

That's an excellent shot, Alan. Good work!

TICKLEBEAR said...

would be interesting to see both shots side by side.
:)~
HUGZ

Mmm said...

wonderful textured photograph. perfect subject for black adn white too. woudl love to see your old photo too.

Mmm said...

haha, Alan, too too funny. Thank your PRess dept.

Vicki Lane said...

Catching up with you and enjoying this and the past few posts. (Hoists for obese guests, indeed!)

Cinthia said...

I don't understan all...;((...but I like B/N...

TechnoBabe said...

Have you by chance found the photo you took 45 years earlier? It would be fun to see how different the place looked then.

Alan Burnett said...

TechnoBabe : Not yet, but I'm still looking.

Mmm said...

Alan, when do we get to see photos of YOu taken 40 or so years ago/ :)