Westgate House provides a rare splash of the exotic to the sober stone-proper centre of Huddersfield. Designed in the early 1920s by the Newcastle architect Pascale Steinlet, it seems to blend elements of Arts and Crafts with almost a trans-Atlantic style (making a recent tenant, the clothes firm Bronx, a suitable inhabitant). Next to it stands the Royal Swan Hotel, built in a style that has been called "Brewer's Tudor".
Thursday, 18 February 2016
Tuesday, 16 February 2016
The statue of William Edward Forster - the Bradford MP, social reformer and architect of the 1870 Education Act - stands proud in the square named after him in the centre of Bradford. Backed by the Victorian Post Office and with the Cathedral just over his right shoulder it is a statesman-like pose in a statesman-like spot. At least it was, until they built the new Shopping Mall yards in front of his accentuating finger
Friday, 12 February 2016
Thursday, 11 February 2016
Monday, 8 February 2016
I love old photos and what I love about them is their inconsequential elements. They may be photographs of Auntie Winnie or Pesco the Dog and Bridlington Harbour - but with the benefit of sixty or seventy years of hindsight, what is fascinating is Auntie Winnie's front room curtains, Pesco's dog-dish, or the motor van parked on the harbour side. So, here is a challenge to my grandchildren : what is the inconsequential fascination of this shot I took today whilst waiting at the Supermarket check-out. I have printed the photo off, placed it in a sealed envelope, and written on the front "To be opened in 2086" Perhaps they would be kind enough to add a comment to this post telling us what is of historical significance within this photograph.
Saturday, 6 February 2016
"Let truth speak out, appalling as the statement may appear. The fact is true. Thousands of our fellow-creatures and fellow-subjects, both male and female, the miserable inhabitants of a Yorkshire town are this very moment existing in a state of slavery..... Thousands of little children, both male and female, but principally female, from seven to fourteen years of age, are daily compelled to labour from six o’clock in the morning to seven in the evening, with only – Britons, blush while you read it! – with only thirty minutes allowed for eating and recreation….."
Letter to the Leeds Mercury from Richard Oastler, Fixby Hall, near Huddersfield, 29 September, 1830.
Friday, 5 February 2016
Thursday, 4 February 2016
Wednesday, 3 February 2016
There is a moment of wonder and excitement when they discover a new set of fossilised dinosaur footprints. That moment when your imagination tries to imagine what kind of creature could possibly have made such a lasting impression on the earth. Imagine what they will think when they dig this up in a couple of hundred thousand years!
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
|Ornamental Canal Post, Brighouse : 1602A-3|
Some years ago they tidied-up the canal towpath in Brighouse, planted a couple of benches so you could sit down when you ate your fish and chips, painted a mural on the wall and invited the Prince Of Wales to come and declare it open. So they painted the cast iron bollards a royal blue and picked out the Prince of Wales feathers in gold paint. It's what passes for civic pride these days.