Thursday, 20 April 2017

1575 : A Neat Place, Ripley

Hollybank Lane, Ripley, Yorkshire

Ripley is a neat little village; neat houses, neat roads, and no doubt below the streets the sewers are as neat as a matron's apron. Each evening, when dusk has descended, a group of cleaners take to the street, wash down all the stonework and polish the pavements. A neat place, Ripley.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

1574 : Let's Not Forget The Cast Iron Bridge


It's all about the look. It's no good building an ancient castle complete with towers and turrets, you need a lake to set it off. And some finely manicured lawns, not to mention a cast iron bridge. Let's not forget the cast iron bridge

Monday, 17 April 2017

1572 : In Loving Memory Of Whats-his-name

Gravestone, St Andrew's Church, Aldborough  (March 2017)

You can just imagine it - the monumental mason's sales pitch. "It will be a memorial for posterity sir, a lasting reminder of John's life which will last until eternity". And outside, down the bleak Yorkshire Dales comes the whisper of the wind, "Not if I have anything to do with it"

Thursday, 13 April 2017

1571 : A Blast From The Grave

Gravestone : Aldborough Churchyard, Yorkshire (March 2017)

"So how can I guarantee that I will be remembered?". "Well, you could get a big gravestone". "But would people notice it, the churchyard is full of gravestones?" "We could always hire an angelic trumpeter to blow a blast loud enough to wake the dead every time someone walks by". "Now that sounds like a good idea"

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

1570 : A Reset Jewel In The Crown

The architectural jewel in the crown of Halifax is, of course, the eighteenth century Piece Hall which contains a fine open square surrounded by over 300 trading rooms which were originally used for trading in pieces of cloth. Over the years it has been used for a variety of purposes from orchestral performances to a wholesale fruit and vegetable market. It is currently undergoing a major upgrade and redevelopment and should open later in the year. For the moment, the imposing stone gates are as far as you can get.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

1569 : A Collaborative Effort

Causey Hall, Halifax Minster - April 2017 (Alan Burnett and iPhone FCDQJ91YG5QW)

I took this photograph on my mobile phone the other day as I was walking passed Causey Hall which is next to Halifax Minster. The building dates back to the mid-nineteenth century - it was built originally as a Parish School - but it is distinctly modern compared to the old Parish Church which was built more than four hundred years earlier. For some reason my mobile phone didn't like the original photograph and decided to do some work on the image itself (a stylised edit, it calls it). Pleasant as it's edit was, it had left in a decidedly modern burglar alarm box on the wall, so I did a stylised edit on its stylised edit. I am waiting to hear back from my phone as to whether it is satisfied with the final product of our collaboration

Monday, 10 April 2017

1568 : Nigh To This Place

Gravestone : St Andrew's Church, Aldborough, Yorkshire (March 2017)

There is something gloriously imprecise about the wording of this gravestone. No "buried here below" or "beneath this stone"; but a poetic "nigh to this place". It could be in the shade of the tall grass, it might be amongst the springtime stems. We don't need to know - just remember.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

1567 : History On A Brick Wall

The Old Court House, Aldborough, Yorkshire  (March 2017)

There are two quite fascinating elements to this photograph. First of all look at the memorial to the wartime Canadian aircrew, and, in particular, look at their ages. The eldest was the pilot, aged just 24,  and the rest of the crew were little more than teenagers. And then there is the second memorial - to the old courthouse where the members (note the plural) of Parliament for the village were elected until the parliamentary (rotten) borough was abolished in 1832. History on a brick wall.

Friday, 31 March 2017

1566 : Holding Up The Market

Market Trader, Otley (March 2017)

Sometimes it is unclear whether you are holding things up or desperately trying to prevent them from flying away. But sometimes, you are just stretching your limbs after a morning selling shirts on the market.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

1565 : Tinctures Unlimited

Brimelow's Herbalist, Dewsbury (2017)

Could there be any better description of a tin-roofed, vitamin-laden, herbalist shop than "Tinctures Unlimited"? I had a sudden desire to invite tinctures into my life.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

1564 : Seeking Arcadian Aggrandisement

The Arcade, Dewsbury (2017)

There were a good few arcades in Dewsbury (the collective noun for arcades ought to be "a contentment of arcades", but it isn't). There was a King's Arcade and a Queen's Arcade; but there was one that needed no aggrandisement - it was "The Arcade". Now it needs all the aggrandisement it can get.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

1563 : So Many Lines

Kings Arcade, Dewsbury (March 2017)

So many lines. Straight lines, curved lines, solid lines, false lines.

Monday, 27 March 2017

1562 : Brass And Stone

Four Stone Faces, Cloth Hall Mills, Dewsbury (2017)

Most nineteenth century Yorkshire mill owners had two over-riding ambitions. The first was to make money ("brass" as it is known in these parts). The second was to have their heads carved in rich local sandstone and appended to their mill. Brass and stone - it should be the county's motto.

Monday, 20 March 2017

1561 : Bird On A Roof, Dewsbury (2017)

Bird On A Roof, Dewsbury  (2017)

If I were a bird I would get annoyed by people sticking spikes on everything in order deter me from finding a place to rest my weary wings. The kind of society that does that is the kind of society which sets sharp stones in concrete outside the offices of financial institutions to deter homeless people from finding shelter. 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

1560 : The High Tides Of Dewsbury

The Good Samaritan, Dewsbury (2017)

A statue of the Good Samaritan, the work of local artist Ian Judd, stands outside Dewsbury Town Hall. It seems to have been carved from local sandstone and, strangely enough, there appears to be a tide mark half way up. They must have high tides in these parts.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

1559 : Rainclouds Over Cleethorpes (1985)

Rainclouds Over Cleethorpes (1985)

Some will say that it is a poor excuse for a pier, more like a shed on stilts, but it is cold and wet out there so why bother going any further?

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

1558 : Refreshing Tenby (1991)

Tenby, Pembrokeshire (1991)

I have always thought that Tenby looks like a seaside resort should look like. Yellow sands pierced by jagged rocks, climbing cliffs, cottages painted in the colours of Barratt's Refreshers.

Friday, 10 March 2017

1557 : Garden Street, Sheffield (1983)

Garden Street, Sheffield (1983)

It takes a particularly strange sense of humour to name a street which is walled by stone and coated in tarmacadam, "Garden Street". The good folk of Sheffield have always prided themselves with a good sense of humour.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

1556 : Sheffield Skyline (1983)

Sheffield Skyline (1983)

Taken from one of the many hills of Sheffield looking down onto a skyline that is a mixture of sacred and profane.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

1555 : A Shed Load Of Adverts (1972)

A Shed Load Of Adverts : Charles Street, Elland (1972)

Try doing this with a commercial break. Try building a shed from Twitter feeds. We may live in an age where advertising headers are personalised and sidebars are intuitive - but you can't use them to build a half-decent shed to keep your pigeons in. And they talk about progress!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

1554 : Wainhouse Terrace, Halifax (1972)

Wainhouse Terrace, King Cross, Halifax  - 1972

I took this photograph in 1972 when sections of the old back-to-back houses had been demolished but other sections were still occupied. Part of the terrace - which was originally built by the dye works owner John Edward Wainhouse in 1876 - still exists today; empty, overgrown and cocooned in its Grade II listed status.

Monday, 6 March 2017

1553 : In Temporal Flight

At two, the clock chimes and the pigeons take to the air in temporal flight. At two minutes past two all is silent and the birds can resume their roost.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

1552 : Follow The Contours

When you build on steep hills you have to follow the contours. This photograph was taken from the Huddersfield Canal which follows the contours. Lost behind a wall is Manchester Road which is busy following the contours. Behind that, the houses on Bankfield Road follow similar contours. Then you have the trees: and then the houses on the suitably named Prospect Street, which surf the winding contours like a Bondi youth.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

1551 : Cold But Sunny Day

Colne Road, Huddersfield : February 2017

Can there ever be anything quite as beautiful as a mill in Huddersfield on a cold but sunny day?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

1550 : Twixt Sheep And Suit

At one time this will have been a canal-side warehouse, strategically squeezed up adjacent to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. Bales of Yorkshire wool will have swung from those loading bays in progress between sheep and suit. Now they are offices within which words are woven into voluminous reports.

Monday, 20 February 2017

1549 : Cruise Ship Runs Aground In Huddersfield

The new extension to Huddersfield University for all the world looks like the rear end of a mighty cruise ship: one of those maritime monsters with half a million passengers and countless crew. Somehow the ship found its way up the Huddersfield Broad Canal and then got stuck as it attempted the first set of locks on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

Friday, 17 February 2017

1548 : Up And Down In Rochdale

Church Steps in Rochdale date back to the seventeenth century (some would say to the 12th century). For hundreds of years people have been walking between the banks of the River Roch and the hill upon which the church is built. Walking up and down, jogging up and down.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

1547 : Two Posers In the Rochdale Sun

There are not many places in the north where you can look at two adjacent Grade 1 listed buildings, but you can in Rochdale. In the foreground of this photograph is the Cenotaph, built in 1922 to a design of Sir Edwin Lutyens. And posing next to it is the 1871 Town Hall designed by the architect Alfred Waterhouse. Two delightful buildings share the winter sun of Rochdale.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

1546 : .... And Then The Other

(continued) ..... and then turn around and see the most delightful prospect imaginable - Rochdale Memorial Gardens leading up to one of the finest Victorian town halls in the land.

Monday, 13 February 2017

1545 : Looking One Way ....

There is a certain spot in Rochdale - somewhere around the point at which Newgate would cross St Mary's Gate (if it wasn't for the dual carriageway in between), that you can look one way and see concretopolis ...... (to be continued)

Saturday, 11 February 2017

1544 : A Balmy Church

St Mary In The Balm, Rochdale (January 2017)
This church is just over one hundred years old and was designed by the architect Sir Ninian Comper. The name comes from the fact that the previous chapel was built in a field where the wild herb, melissa officinalis (lemon balm), was growing. "Baum" is a local dialect form of the word "balm".

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

1542 : Love And Loathing In Downtown Rochdale

Rochdale Council Offices, Smith Street (January 2017)
Rochdale's municipal buildings range from Victorian grandeur to modern angularity. One should really love the former and loath the latter - but I must confess I was attracted to both.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

1541 : A Sign Of Ghosts In Rochdale

There seems to be a growing interest in ghost signs: the internet is full of blogs and sites dedicated to the faded and forgotten signs painted onto sides of buildings. The search for such signs is the kind of passion that is sufficiently eccentric to appeal to people who have nothing better to do - people just like myself. Here is my first contribution to what I hope will be a growing portfolio. The building is on the junction of Yorkshire Street and Penn Street in Rochdale and I am not sure who G L Adamson was. The chances are that, whoever he was, he didn't buy gold.

Monday, 6 February 2017

1540 : The Historic Car Parks Of Rochdale

Rochdale has so many of the makings of a lovely town. It has a town hall that many a substantial city would curl up and die for, it has a rich social history (it is the birthplace of the co-operative movement), and it has a sprinkling of fine old buildings. But it also has dual carriageways that carve their way through the town, and car parks that seem to spread for miles. That is the town hall in the background. That is the car park in the foreground.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

1539 : A Spirited History

This is the National Spiritual Church on the corner of Eastwood Street and Martin Street in Brighouse. The carving above the fine circular window suggests that the building used to be a Mission Hall and I was intrigued to discover a little of its history.  Surely there would be some missionary spirits still lurking in the stonework that could enlighten me? Sadly, there were not - but a quick search through the historical record revealed that it was built in 1883 as an "undenominational evangelical organisation" dedicated to bringing the promise of redemption to the working folk of Brighouse. When it started, it had a membership of just five local benefactors, but by the end of the century it was attracting significant crowds and hosting "large meetings at which anthems and hymns were sung to the accompaniment of a string and reed band from Siddal"

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

1538 : A Cup Of Tea And A Slab Of Parkin

Waring Green Congregational Church, Brighouse : January 2017
There can be few finer sights than the way the sun reflects off Yorkshire stone. It is not like the sun bouncing back off a slab of Italian marble with an air of casual indifference, nor is it akin to the way that red brick causes the sun to slip-slide away. Yorkshire stone absorbs the sun, gives it a cup of tea and a slab of parkin and then sends it on its way again, refreshed and revived.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Monday, 23 January 2017

1536 : Sone Walls And Wires, Haworth

This photograph was taken over the weekend during a very cold walk around Haworth. It was too cold, even for the Bronte sisters, whose Parsonage Museum was closed for the month.

Friday, 20 January 2017

1535 : Colouring In Manley Street, Brighouse


INSTRUCTIONS : (1) Print the photograph. (2) Using a selection of coloured pencils or pens, fill in the spaces between the lines.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

1534 : The Watergate Affair

Huddersfield has a Watergate. It gives access to the goods entrance of Sainsbury's rather than the offices of the Democratic National Convention. There used to be a brewery here (The Watergate Brewery). The brewery has been gone the best part of a century, but the water is still there - mainly it drops from the sky.

Monday, 16 January 2017

1533 : Reluctant Drizzle

It was a miserable grey day today. Even the drizzle seemed to hover in the sky, reluctant to come to fall on the cold, grey earth.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

1532 : There's A Place For You, Roger


Nobody seems to know the identity of the sculptor this particular place was named after - although records suggest a plasterer used to live there. If my brother could ever be tempted to move back to this part of the world, it would make a suitable place for him to settle down. Roger, there's a place for you.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

1531 : Sacred To The Mason


Sacred to the memory of ..... whoever it was who is long forgotten. The flesh decays, the memory fades .... but the chisel-sharp cuts of the mason live on.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

1530 : How The Mighty Fell

Where were GPS co-ordinated when you needed them? I must have taken this photograph fifty years ago, when GPS co-ordinates were the stuff of science fiction. I am reduced to trying to remember where this abandoned lake was - and as far as I can remember it was one of the former boating lakes of Sunnyvale Pleasure Gardens at Hipperholme, near Halifax. If so, this was, at one time, one of the most popular resorts in Yorkshire that attracted thousands of visitors each day. How the mighty fell.

Friday, 6 January 2017

1529 : Unrecognised Beauty in Halifax


Halifax is blessed by so many fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings, you can easily walk by a building that would stand out in different surroundings. I must have passed this building on Commercial Street a thousand times or more over the last fifty years without ever recognising its beauty. 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

1528 : Carving Above The Former Boar's Head Pub, Halifax

The boar's head in hand bring I, 
Bedeck'd with bays and rosemary.
And I pray you, my masters, be merry 
Quot estis in convivio 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

1527 : North Bridge Station, Halifax

The remnants of North Bridge Station and the goods yard on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway can be clearly seen on this photograph. It was demolished a few years later - in 1974 - to make way for a new Leisure Centre and supermarket. The line had been constructed in 1880 and provided an alternative route between Halifax and Bradford. At that time, North Bridge had to be rebuilt to allow trains to pass under it.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

1526 : Halifax From Southowram Bank

During much of the nineteenth and twentieth century, that part of Halifax north of the Parish Church and along the banks of the Hebble were dominated by the works of the Halifax Gas, Light and Coke Company. The streets of the town were first lit by gas lights in the 1820s, and it wasn't until the late twentieth century that the structures that created, cooled, and stored all that gas and power were finally removed.