Friday, 30 March 2018

1715 : Ten From The Pub 7 - Anchors Away


Anchor Inn, Brighouse (c1970)

There has been a pub next to the Anchor Bridge over the Calder and Hebble Navigation in Brighouse ever since the canal was constructed in the 1750s. For most of that time, the pub was quite reasonably called the Anchor Inn, but for some reason it was decided that it needed a new name for the twenty-first century and it was rechristened The Bridge. The current building dates back just over one hundred years and is the third on the site : the original 1750s pub was rebuilt first of all in 1859. The Anchor has a long association with music : in the early years of the twentieth century the police tried to close it down because it was guilty of "habitually employing professional female musicians". I remember the pub best in the 1970s when Rod Marshall was the Landlord. He was a gifted jazz musician himself and succeeded in attracting a host of local - and in some cases - international jazz musicians to play at the pub. And, if the police would care to take note, I recall that a number of them were women!

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

1714 : Ten From The Pub 6 : Warts From A Saddle


Saddle Hotel, Market Street / Russel Street, Halifax (1965)

Hidden behind the undoubted delights of the Mixenden Gala Queen on the back of a lorry, is the undoubted splendour of the Saddle Hotel. When I took this photo in 1965 it was an integral part of Halifax Borough Market, but a year later it closed down, and shortly after that it was pulled down. It was replaced by the concrete monstrosity that still sits there, like a wart on the fair face of the Borough Market.

Monday, 26 March 2018

1713 : Ten From The Pub 5 : Fallen Apples


North Bridge, Halifax (1966)

You might need to search a little to find the pub in my photo of North Bridge in the mid 1960s, but there, at the end of the bridge on the left of the picture, is the eighteenth century Pine Apple Hotel. When Burdock Way ploughed its way down the hill and over the valley a couple of years later, the Pine Apple was sadly demolished.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

1712 : Ten From The Pub 4 : Wither The Withens


WITHENS HOTEL, WAINSTALLS, HALIFAX (1965)

It is not the best of photographs, but it has a certain historical interest as this old inn was gutted by fire in 2001 and converted into a private residence soon after. That, I think, was my late sister-in-law consulting the map, and that might even be me next to her. Which means that this photograph might well have been taken by my brother and not me. All that can be said is that he is a far better sculptor than he was a photographer!

Friday, 23 March 2018

1711 : Ten From The Pub 3 : Old


OLD LANE INN, HALIFAX (c1970)

An old advert for bottled beer painted on the side of an old pub in Old Lane in old Halifax. The pub had already closed when I took this photograph but rose again briefly in the 1980s, only to close again and eventually be demolished. It's an old, sad story.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

1710 : Ten From The Pub 2 : Ring Them Bells


RING O'BELLS INN, HALIFAX (1960s)

Other than a coat or two of whitewash and the addition of some in-your-face signage, little seems to have changed as far as the external appearance of the Ring O'Bells between when I took this photograph forty or fifty years ago and today. Dating back to God-knows-when (an appropriate expression as the pub used to be called "The Sign Of The Church"), the pub still nestles in the shadow of the Parish Church (Minster) for protection or for custom - or more likely for both.


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

1709 : Ten From The Pub 1 : A Beer-Stained Citadel

A new mini-series of photographs old and new with that most glorious institution, the public house, as its theme.


THE BEEHIVE AND CROSS KEYS, KING CROSS STREET, HALIFAX

What better way to start this visual pub crawl than with the first pub I ever bought a pint of beer in. I was moderately under-age and immoderately nervous. I put on my most adult voice and asked for a pint of beer and gave the barman one shilling and sixpence. "When did th' last buy a pint, lad?", he asked. "It's one and seven now"


The current building dates from 1933 and took the place of two pubs - the Beehive and the Cross Keys - that were demolished in order to widen the road. It's a building of style and solidity - a beer-stained citadel of good cheer.

Monday, 19 March 2018

1708 : Ten From Halifax 10 : Counting Chimneys


VIEW OVER HALIFAX FROM GODLEY BRIDGE (1966)

Old geography school textbooks would often feature a picture of Halifax from the early twentieth century and the challenge was to count the mill chimneys. By the middle of the century - I took this photograph in 1966 - there were less chimneys to count but you had a better chance of seeing them. Now the challenge would be to find a mill chimney.


Saturday, 17 March 2018

1707 : Ten From Halifax 9 : Fire In Halifax


FIRE IN HALIFAX (c1968)

I am not entirely sure where I took this photograph, but it must have been in the Lister Lane area as the other frames on the negative strip were taken in People's Park. There was a mill fire which seemed to attract a larger audience than the brass band in the park.

Friday, 16 March 2018

1706 : Ten From Halifax 8 : Before Eureka


BEFORE EUREKA : HALIFAX SIDINGS FROM STATION APPROACH (c1975)

At one stage it was a busy goods yard and railway sidings, and then it became a cold, quiet, empty space. Then, Eureka, it became the National Children's Museum, full of colour, light and noise.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

1705 : Ten From Halifax 7 : A Halifax Recipe


NORTH BRIDGE,  BURDOCK WAY & DEAN CLOUGH, HALIFAX (2017)

Cast iron, reinforced concrete and warm sandstone - the three ingredients that go to make up Halifax. Slow cook in a drizzle-driven oven for two and a half centuries and serve with chips.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

1704 : Ten From Halifax 6 : Woolshops, New Shops


WOOLSHOPS CART, HALIFAX (c1967)

This photograph dates from the late 1960s, before the Woolshops area was redeveloped. That's the New Talbot Inn behind the cart and the abattoir on the left. Now it's all M&S and TopShop.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

1703 : Ten From Halifax 5 : The North Bridge Patina

HALIFAX GAS WORKS & BEACON HILL FROM NORTH BRIDGE (c1968)

The colours in old slides and photographs fade over the years, like the memories they contain. The process is - like the patina on a bronze sculpture - unpredictable. In this case it appears to have enhanced the beauty of this scene from North Bridge.

Monday, 12 March 2018

1702 : Ten From Halifax 4 : Transition


HALIFAX IN TRANSITION - DEAN CLOUGH (c1985)

I must have taken this photograph thirty or more years ago. It shows Dean Clough and All Souls' Church. It was a time of transition, a time when mill buildings were changing from carpets to car insurance, from weaver to web.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

1701 : Ten From Halifax 3 : Piece Hall Now


HALIFAX PIECE HALL (2017)

Luckily the 1970s plan to demolish the Piece Hall and build a new shopping centre was abandoned. After a recent refurbishment the Piece Hall is now one of the undoubted jewels in the architectural crown that is Halifax.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

1700 : Ten From Halifax 2 : Piece Hall Then


HALIFAX PIECE HALL (c1965)

I must have taken this photograph in the mid sixties when Halifax Piece Hall was still a thriving wholesale fruit and vegetable market. Within a few years, the greengrocers had moved out and the derelict building was facing demolition.

Friday, 9 March 2018

1699 : Ten From Halifax 1 : Wainhouse's Iconic Tower


WAINHOUSE TOWER FROM ALBERT PROMENADE (2012)

What better way to get this mini-series of images from Halifax, than one which incorporates one of the most iconic shapes of Halifax. Dyeworks chimney, spy-platform, radio transmitter, architectural folly: Wainhouse Tower has been all of these at one time or another.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

1698 : Ten From The Archives 10 : Headscarves And Boiled Sweets


HALIFAX BOROUGH MARKET (c.1967)

One of my early photographs - this one was taken in Halifax Market more than fifty years ago. It was an age of headscarves and handbags, biscuit boxes and boiled sweets.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

1697 : Ten From The Archives 9 : The Stone Gods Of Southowram


STONE FIELD DIVISIONS, SOUTHOWRAM (1975)

Like monoliths placed in tribute to the stone gods that gave these parts their economic meaning for centuries, these fine flagstones have paved the finest cities in the world.  On the bleak hills of Southowram they are little more than cow-stoppers.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

1696 : Ten From The Archives 8 : Up On The Roof


ROOFTOPS IN SHEFFIELD (1984)

I can't quite remember how I achieved this elevated viewpoint, but I seem to think this is from a series of pictures I took close to Sheffield city centre in the early 1980s. At a guess I would say it was in the Campo Lane and Hawley Street area.

Monday, 5 March 2018

1695 : Ten From The Archives 7 : Britannia And The Wellness Centre


BRIGGATE, ELLAND (c.1978)

Forty years on, Britannia still looks down on the Malt Shovel. The mill chimney, however, has been capped, and the Royal Hotel has been replaced by a "wellness centre". What on earth was a good, old-fashioned Yorkshire pub if it wasn't a wellness centre?

Sunday, 4 March 2018

1694 : Ten From The Archives 6 : The Permanency Of West Yorkshire


HOWES LANE, NORTHOWRAM (1970)

No doubt you could take the same shot today and little will have changed. Dry stone and grainy grey skies - the permanency of West Yorkshire.

Friday, 2 March 2018

1693 : Ten From The Archives 5 : Further Up The Holloway Road


5. HOLLOWAY ROAD, LONDON (1970)

You could keep a group of students quiet for an entire day by getting them to list the things you can see on this negative of mine from almost fifty years ago which you wouldn't see now.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

1692 : Ten From The Archives 4 : Up The Holloway Road


HOLLOWAY ROAD, LONDON (1970)

It was 1970 - I was at university in the north, Isobel was at university in the south. I would get the early train down on Saturday morning and walk up the Holloway Road to where she was living in Tufnell Park