Tuesday, 28 April 2020

1855 : Too Beautiful


Can something be too beautiful for these difficult days? To idyllic for the dark times within which it is set? This footpath through the woods in Fixby tests the theory to its extremes.

Monday, 27 April 2020

1854 : Bridge End Congregational Church


They loved churches and chapels in these parts. In the nineteenth century, every street corner or half-empty plot became potentially sacred ground - if it hadn't been occupied by a beerhouse already. The churches and chapels they built were often grand affairs, signalling piety without recourse to subtlety.  And when the praying stopped, other uses for the stone-built citadels had to be found. This fine nineteenth century Congregational church at Bridge End in Brighouse, first of all became a sports club. And when the sporting stopped, it became apartments.




Sunday, 26 April 2020

1853 : Bluebells In The Woods

Bradley Woods, Huddersfield
Being limited in the distance you can travel allows you to discover beauty close to home. All too often we are fooled into the belief that grand sights have to be paid for with mindless travel over great distances. Only if you have sat crumpled up on a noisy plane for eight hours can you expect to see sublime nature at its best. As we are discovering, this isn’t the case. Beauty is alive and living a short walk away down the road.
Footpath, Bradley Woods, Huddersfield