Tuesday, 29 April 2008


It's been a depressing few days what with deaths and funerals. So this reminder seen on my walk this morning was a timely one.

Mill And Bridge

This wonderful old bridge over the canal is immediately behind Sainsbury's in Huddersfield. I have been to Sainsbury's hundreds of times but saw the bridge for the first time today.

Old Mill, Huddersfield

This old mill is on the banks of the Huddersfield Broad Canal. Amy and I walked by it this morning and marvelled at the warm colour of the stone illuminated by the rare spring sun.

Composition No. 5 With Blue Mushroom

Surely one could make a living by taking photographs of graffiti, enlarging them onto a canvas, framing them, giving them pretentious titles, and selling them at great prices. Couldn't one?

Carpet Memories

It is interesting to try and project yourself forwards by twenty years and ask the question "which will be the most evocative picture of this current moment in time?". It could just be this picture of the carpet : a carpet which is already long past its sell-by date and due to vanish in the coming months.


A view of the room where I spend much of my day. Recently I had one of my half-yearly switch-rounds, moving the desk to face out onto the famous yellow balcony.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Rhoda and Xan

We are all thinking of Aunty R and the wonderful life she had. Her she is with Xan just a couple of years ago.

Rhoda Marien Cuthill

Aunty R died today (Tuesday). I will post a piece about her life on the News From Nowhere blog. But until that arrives .... here is one of the nicest pictures of her.


Just a set of old run-down garages. It's the kind of photograph which will be useful to historians in 50 years time. Garages, garages .... what were they?

A Visit To Selby

The extended family has a day out in Selby, visiting Lee, Louise and the children. And a wonderful day was had by all. The picture shows Lee and his new house.

More Patterns

Continuing my patterns series. This is the pattern made when ....... well, any guesses?

Friday, 18 April 2008

Wagons In The Sky, Without Diamonds

Dramatic skies and the backs of wagons parked outside the Mamas and Papas factory in Huddersfield.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Tin Roofs in Bradley

This pattern of tin roofs was on a factory next to the River Calder in Bradley.

Lock Keepers' Cottage

This lovely lock keepers' cottage is at the end of the Huddersfield Broad Canal just before it joins the River Calder.

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Strange Chimney

Our walk took Amy and I down to Bradley and an expedition up a road (Lower Quarry Road) we have never explored before. We passed this distinctive mill chimney.

The Wall

I love this wall. Who built it like that and why?

Moors Above Marsden

This was the moors above Marsden the other morning. The small white house in the middle distance gives a wonderful feeling of scale.

A Bit More Of A Do

Somehow it is always the photographs that fail for one reason or another that have the potential for being the best shots. Here the flash did not fire, but the movement reflects perfectly the atmosphere of the Club.

A Bit Of A Do

Saturday night was the night of Dave and Jen's "Bit Of A Do". A wonderful evening was had by all and a full selection of photos from the evening is available on my website.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Microhistory : Fred Jowett & Son

There seems to be no sensible answer to the question "why take such photos as this?". Other than, perhaps, the very wooden door itself seems to be begging to be recorded. This is, I suppose, microhistory.

Transformed By The Light

This is one of those shots which appears very different on the screen to what it did in the viewfinder. The sun this morning was strong and I headed for the moors above Marsden. This is looking down from the Rochdale Road to one of the many reservoirs on the Marsden Moor Estate.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Snow In Sheffield

Jump forward ten or fifteen years. This will have been the beginning of the 1980s in Sheffield where we were living at the time. Like the Power Station in the previous photo, I think most of the flats in this shot have now gone for ever.

Elland Power Station

This photograph dates back forty years and was taken from the top of the Ainleys, looking down over Elland towards Elland Power Station. It's all gone now, of course, and one forgets how dirty the sky used to be.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Eddie And Mary Remembered

In official terms, you probably aren't allowed to attach photographs to memorials in the Crematorium grounds. But I like it. I can now picture Eddie and Mary.


This is the electricity pylon down by the motorway. A Pretty pattern.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

New Offices By The Old House By The Nameless Stream

Just above the old house is this new office block. Like most of the offices in the "business park" it belongs to a firm of builders. Somehow it looks better in black and white.

Old House By The Woods

Just next to the stream with no name is this old house - equally without a moniker. It must have a history, but now it is surrounded by a new estate.

Bradley Woods

This little stream must have a name, but I don't know what it is. It dribbles through the bottom half of the woods before meeting up with another stream and draining downhill into the River Colne.

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

The Assistant Field Secretary's Stone

The interesting question is, of course, what did the Assistant Field Secretary think the building would be in 100 years time? I doubt if he thought it would be a children's indoor play area. The carved stone is on one of the old chapels in Bethel Street, Brighouse. The chapel opposite has been converted into a pub.

FOUND 1 : Walking With Confidence

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