Thursday, 17 February 2011

Shopping Week : The Lion In Winter


Shopping in Huddersfield today. The buildings are much grander and at first site that general air of economic and social decline is less noticeable. But if I had turned the camera through an angle of 90 degrees I could have focussed on a row of pawn-brokers and cheque-cashers. The shop on the right trades under the name "Spring : The Future Of Work" and has an empty look about it. The original stone lion was removed in 1977 and sent to Newcastle where it was remodeled in glass fibre. According to White's Directory of 1853, Lion Arcade comprised "externally, long ranges of elegant shops and warehouses in the Italian style; and internally an extensive arcade or covered market, fitted up with warehouses and stalls for the sale of cloth".

7 comments:

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

Boy-o-boy. You knocked my socks off with this nice photograph. Crisp and clean like clean diapers folded on the table. Nothing quite like the smell of diapers hung outside to dry in the sunshine.

The point is that something so normal and usually not pretty and seldom smells great, can, with a little washing, look and smell fabulous.

I would say this "takes the cake" as they say in America. Meaning never saw anything quite like this or heard anything quite like this before.

Chairman Bill said...

It's a large lion, as much be the original. In fact, keeping with the theme, They Might Be Giants....

Chairman Bill said...

For 'much' read 'must'.

Michael and Hanne said...

We should tell blogspot to enable editing on comments as well as posts. Chairman Bill please step forward.
Talking about cloth reminds me of when I won a prize for a spot dance in Huddersfield long ago. It was a bolt of cloth. I had it made into a suit!
Very good photo. Excellent discussion as usual...

jennyfreckles said...

You have to look up in these lovely northern towns to appreciate the full grandeur of our old buildings.

Valerie said...

It's a very grand building. My favourite kind. I notice the Italians have moved in.. Ciao!

KleinsteMotte said...

The title got my attention. Not only are your pictures captivating, your words are too. Cloth is a familiar term. I bought lots through the tears to sew frocks.