Monday, 31 March 2008

I had forgotten I even had this photograph. I know that look on my wife's face .... know it well.

Don't Know Where, Don't Know When

I have always been drawn to images of walls. There is something both simple and complex about all the lines and angles.

A Day In The Country

Ending the month with some re-scans from my old collection. I remember this day out, we were in the Lake District. From the left that is Raymond, Edith (Isobel's parents), Mark, Isobel and Chrissy. I'm where I normally hide - behind the camera.

Not That Old Ship Inn

Despite the "Old" in its name, the Old Ship Inn Brighouse was only built in the 1920s. However, it made use of timbers from the old first rate ship of the line "HMS Donegal" was was built in 1858. Maybe there is a story about Brighouse pubs waiting out there to be told.

Bull To Let

Walking through Brighouse today I was struck by the fact that two the the town's six remaining pubs are currently for sale or to let. Someone needs to record the remaining pubs before they vanish. "Well, you've got nothing better to do", a ghastly voice declares.

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Sunny Vale Lake

Still trawling ... and here is one of my favourite photographs, taken back in the early sixties. It is the boating lake at what used to be Sunny Vale Pleasure Gardens, Hipperholme, near Halifax.

The Summer Of '68

Trawling through some old slides and converting them to digital format, I came across this picture taken in Europe (probably the Netherlands) during the summer of 1968. On the left is Darrel Oldfield and on the right is Dave Hebblethwaite. Behind the camera is ... who else.

Monday, 24 March 2008

The Fate Of A Single Daffodil

And so Winter and Spring are caught up in some kind of contest which will be decided on the fate of a single daffodil.

And The Snow Came

Back to the contemporary. It is Easter. But, this year, Easter is early. And the winter snow is late.

Friday, 21 March 2008

The Calder In Flood

And this photograph - which again dates back thirty-odd years - shows that a flooded Calder is not a new phenomenon.

Could This Be Desmond?

The trouble with digitising old negatives is that often you are pushed to try and remember the subject of a photograph taken thirty or forty years ago. I think this is a photograph of my friend Desmond which dates back to a time when he and his wife, Katie, ran a canal-boat hotel. No doubt someone will let me know if I am wrong.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

The Crematorium Swamp

We walked through the Crematorium this morning - Amy and I. For ages now, this had been a tricky undertaking : there is an area of swamp-land which is impossible to avoid. You have to either walk through the watery mud and wade through the muddy water. Choices, choices.

Keele University Medical School

A day out at Keele University - taking Alexander for an interview - provides an opportunity to explore both the old, and the new, campus. This is the new Medical School building.

Sunday, 16 March 2008


I was in Dewsbury on Friday on the day that Shannon Matthews was found safe and well. But the torn posters tell of another victim of another crime, long since forgotten.

Wood and Brick

On Saturday, we went exploring in Sheffield. If he gets the necessary grades in his exams, Xan will go to the university there in September. The new student residences at Endcliffe Village are impressive.


The building is just a broken-down old Municipal Swimming Pool in Dewsbury. But the stonework is as grant and proud as the day it was erected.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

A Pint of Lager And A Packet Of Bricks

The best of my old photographs are the ones which capture a moment, freeze a process of transition. Thus buildings being built or demolished or markets selling apples at 6d a pound all capture something which was soon to vanish. And so, I am afraid, will this picture which I took earlier today. The Ash Brow, like so many others, will soon vanish to be replaced by apartments and parking spaces. Sad, sad, sad.

Where Was It?

A slide of a building being demolished which I must have taken about the same time as the previous two. But where is it? My guess would be the old Alhambra Cinema which was just above the (old) new bus station in Halifax. Would anyone like to confirm that?

2lbs For A Shilling

Another period piece emerges from the scanner. This, I know, is Halifax Market. Again I would guess the mid-sixties. You could buy two pounds of apples for a shilling (5p) and probably still have enough change to holiday in Spain for a week.

Scanning The Bowling Alley

I splashed out on a new scanner today which is specially designed to scan slides and negatives in addition to the normal scanning functions. The first batch of slides I put through were picked at random and included this period piece from Halifax in the mid-sixties. The outsize bowling ball was a famous landmark for many years. Eventually the building became a supermarket.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Old Pioneers Simply Fade Away

This frontage of the Dewsbury Pioneers Industrial Society (1879) is wonderfully impressive. But the current state of the building looks like this might be one of the last pictures of it. Surely, by now, we have learnt to treat beautiful buildings better than this.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Market Slabs

Still in the Market. Slabs of black and colour make a pattern.

Market Shapes

Still in Dewsbury Market but now obsessed with dark and light making shapes. When I took it, I thought this would be the best of the day's crop, and in retrospect I think I was right.

Market Roof

Moving from the Town Hall to the Market, the roof provided a geometric maze of lines and curves.

What By Whom

In Dewsbury I find this impressive sculpture in front of the Town Hall. I decide to wait until I get home to check what it is and by whom. Surely all such knowledge is now available on the web. But after considerable research I still can't find out what it is.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Signs of Spring 3

As well as the snow and the sun, we have had the wind and the rain. Some roadworks in the local crematorium must have disturbed the roots of this tree to an extent that when the wind increased, the tree gave way.

Signs of Spring 2

Last Autumn, the Council came along with a truckload of bulbs. They have been pushing their way through since mid-February, and now they are a vibrant part of the roadside.

Signs of Spring 1

The first of three photographs taken over the last couple of days which illustrates that the climate is still not sure where it is going. Monday saw a dusting of snow which clung on to the frozen ground.

Monday, 3 March 2008

Wrong Gas Works

I eventually find a Gas Works, but it is in the wrong town. This is Halifax. That railway shed from the first picture is once again just about visible. All three photographs were probably taken on the same day. At a guess, I would say about 1965.

From Godley Bridge, Halifax

This was taken from Godley Bridge and is looking towards the centre of Halifax. If you had a sharp eye, and if I had had a sharp lens) you would be able to make out the top of railway shed just to the left of the top window of the bus.

Railway Shed, Halifax

I am currently searching for photos of Brighouse Gas Works (don't ask, it's a long story). So far, the search hasn't thrown up too much in terms of Gas Works, but has led to the re-discovery of some of my old photos. This was taken in the old railway sheds which used to be next to North Bridge, Halifax. It is now the site of Halifax Leisure Centre.

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