Thursday, 31 May 2012

1058 Wainhouse Tower

I took this photograph of Wainhouse Tower, Halifax the other evening when visiting a friend who lives under the shadow of this fine nineteenth century folly.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

1057 : A Walk In The Crem

The sun is shining. All is well with the world. The flowers in the Crematorium decide to make a dash for the sun before it fades away. Green, white and yellow : nature's tombstones.

Friday, 18 May 2012

1056 : A Fountain Of Republicanism

This is one of the four statues that frame the Albert Memorial Water Fountain in Queensbury. According to newspapers reports from the time the fountain was opened in 1863, the four female figures are supposed to represent industry, fine arts, literature and agriculture. Quite which one this is, I am not sure - possibly republicanism, because she seems to have chopped off the head of the Prince Regent.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

1055 : A Chimera Not A Gargoyle

This small carved figure sits just above the door of Holy Trinity Church, Queensbury. Whether it is to welcome the right people in or keep the wrong people out, I am not sure, but there is something about the satisfied smile that I quite like. There is no water spout and therefore it is not a gargoyle; the correct architectural terminology is, it seems, a chimera.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

1054 : Mount Rather Pleasant

Mount Pleasant Street, Queensbury, West Yorkshire. Mount Pleasant always sounds a little like damning with faint praise. Not Mount Beautiful or Mount Wonderful, Mount Stunning or Mount Amazing, but Mount (Rather) Pleasant.

Friday, 11 May 2012

1053 : The Colourful Trinity

Continuing with my "Week At The Dentist" series, this is a picture of the building that used to be Trinity Garage in Halifax. I remember it as one of the most superior buildings in the town, the home of sleek new cars and bright ambitions. Now it is the home of curtain shops and second hand car dealers: but it is still a colourful sight.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

1052 : The Equestrian Statue

Isobel is still at the dentist, so I decide to go and investigate the equestrian statue that stands in the little park at the junction of Heath Road and Skircoat Road in Halifax. I have been passing this statue on and off for fifty years - I used to pass it most days when walking home from school - and I have never once checked to see who it was. Time to formally introduce myself at long last to Prince Albert. My apologies to his horse, but the rather strange angle was dictated by the strong sunlight.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

1051 : A Week At The Dentists

Isobel had to go the the dentist this morning for a filling replacing. Whilst she was there I had twenty minutes wandering around the local streets in Halifax. The challenge was : could I get a weeks' worth of Picture Post photographs from that 20 minutes? To add to the challenge, the only camera I had with me was the one on my mobile phone. My first photograph shows Clare Road along with its magnificent cobbles.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

1050 : Greece In A Tangle

A photograph taken on a visit to Greece some thirty years ago. Everything is all of a tangle, nothing is straight-forward, you are not sure where it is all going. Reminds you of somewhere, doesn't it.

Monday, 7 May 2012

1049 : Bowled Over In Halifax

In the background is Halifax Town Hall, a fine nineteenth century listed building by Charles Barry (who went on to design the Houses of Parliament). In the foreground is the 14 foot plastic bowling pin on top of the Halifax Bowl which was designed and built with all the flair of a matchbox in 1964. The monstrous pin caused such outrage that the council forced the company to take it down after six months (which nicely dates my photo), but the building remained standing for  another forty-five years. And then it was demolished and once again a clear view of the magnificent town hall was available  - well for at least  six months; until they built a new concrete shopping centre to replace it and once again hide Barry's masterpiece.

Friday, 4 May 2012

1048 : Royal Decline

Another old transparency from my odds and ends box: unloved, unframed and, until today, unviewed. I suspect it is from the same film as the last two shots and therefore dates from the mid 1960s. The two films listed on the poster - Lost World and Girl Hunters ("Rough, Ripping, Raw" according to its poster) - were released in 1960 and 1963; but it always took films a year or two to descend to the Royal. The Theatre Royal in Halifax was built in 1905 and my picture capture it during its gradual decline from theatre to cinema to bingo hall to nightclub to abandonment.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

1047 : Halifax Piece Hall

This photograph was taken just around the corner from the one I featured yesterday so I assume it was from the same set of self-developed transparencies. 45 years on, the Halifax Piece Hall still exists, although the fine old houses to the right of the entrance are long gone. And I dare say that if you tried to tie your washing line to the entrance arch of this fine Grade 1 listed building, you would get into bother.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

1046 : Colour Decorators

Some of the negatives in the odds and ends box were colour negatives, dating from the time when I used to develop my own colour transparencies. This shot will again date back to the 1960s and I am reasonably sure it was taken in Horton Street, Halifax. What kind of decorators' shop would have a window display that seemed to consist of nothing but sacks of potatoes?

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

1045 : Odds And Ends

Back in the days when photographs were taken on 35mm film and to process them you soaked them in tanks of foul-smelling chemicals, I would cut them into strips of six negatives for storage. Often there would be an odd one or two negatives left over and I tended to throw these odds and ends into a little box. After thirty or forty years, I found that box the other day and I have decided to scan and feature some of these over the coming weeks. As these tiny negatives have been rattling around in an old cardboard box for thirty years, they a little worse for wear and I have tried to patch them up the best that I can. Today's picture features North Bridge in Halifax and must date back to the 1960s because many of the buildings on the left of the photograph were demolished to make way for the new fly-over in late sixties.

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