Monday, 30 January 2017

Monday, 23 January 2017

1536 : Sone Walls And Wires, Haworth

STONE WALLS AND WIRES, HAWORTH : JANUARY 2017
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

MANLEY STREET, BRIGHOUSE : JANUARY 2017

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

WATERGATE, HUDDERSFIELD : JANUARY 2017
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

BRIERLEY'S MILL, QUAY STREET, HUDDERSFIELD - JANUARY 2017 (17A-202)
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

SCULPTOR PLACE, BRIGHOUSE : JANUARY 2017 

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


GRAVESTONE, ST MARTINS CHURCHYARD, BRIGHOUSE (JANUARY 2017)

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


ARCADE BUILDINGS, COMMERCIAL STREET, 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


HALIFAX FROM SOUTHOWRAM BANK (c. 1968)
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


HALIFAX FROM SOUTHOWRAM BANK (c 1968)
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.

Monday, 2 January 2017

1525 : The Curves Of Mother Nature


Northern canals have a habit of doing this kind of thing. One moment you are knee deep in industrial decay, rusted spring mattresses and stagnant oil stains; and the next moment everything softens and nature shows off its curves.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

1524 : No Movement For The Dead


Doors and windows are essentially about movement: letting light in, letting sounds out. There is nothing sadder than when they are boarded up and bricked in. Their purpose has been withdrawn - movement is unnecessary for the dead.