Friday, 30 September 2011

Leeds Thornton Arcade Clock

The Ivanhoe Clock, at one end of Thornton's Arcade, has long been one of it's main attractions. The clock mechanism was made by William Potts and Sons of Leeds, a very well known maker of public clocks and time keeping mechanisms still sought after by antique collectors.
Robin Hood, Richard the Lion-Hearted, Friar Tuck and Gurth the Swineherd, all characters in the 19th century novel Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, feature on the clock. Each character, in turn, marks the quarter hour by striking a large bell with his fists. The life-sized figures were sculpted by Leeds artist John Wormald Appleyard

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Aire Calder Navigation

This shot is is taken on the Aire Calder Navigation looking towards Leeds city centre. The pillar is all that remains of an old railway line that crossed the river

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Burley Woodhead

This was taken from Burley Woodhead looking across the Wharfe valley on a misty Autumnal morning

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Skipton Puppet Festival

Under a threatening sky, the Puppet Parade ends in the car pack by the canal basin. I was not alone in trying to get a decent photograph.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Skipton Puppet Festival

Took this at Skipton on Sunday at the 4th biennial International Puppet Festival. The small parade was a colourful affair enjoyed by both young and old.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Wakefield Boatyard

Saw this fun chap in a small boat yard on the River Calder. It brought a smile to my face as it is facing the Hepworth Museum where there are much more serious sculptures oin display.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Wakefield Cathedral

I took this shot inside Wakefield Cathedral, an impressive building both inside and outside. Situated right in the heart of the bustling city centre, it is a lovely place to enjoy a few moments of tranquility.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Bingley Five Rise Lock

Bingley Five-rise lock staircase is the most spectacular feature of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. It is situated about half a mile north of Bingley Station, about 17 miles north west of Leeds and about 12 miles south east of Skipton.
The locks open directly from one to another, with the top gate of one forming the bottom gate of the next. This unique 5-rise staircase has a total rise of 60 feet.
The Leeds and Liverpool canal has many lock staircases of two or three locks each. Only a few hundred yards downstream is another staircase - this time a 3-rise flight, with a fall of 30 feet. The locks are supervised by a lock keeper and are closed at night. The Bingley 5-rise and 3-rise locks opened in 1774.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Saltaire Race

This photograph captures runners taking part in the Yorkshire Veterans Athletics Association Relay Race as they run through Roberts Park,on the the first Sunday of the Festival. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Saltaire Festival

This was one of several old Rover cars on show in Roberts Park on the last day of festival. Reading the information on the board I found it hard to believe that in 1957 a new car was twice the price of a new house. How times have changed !!!!!!!! 

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Sculpture Park

Another photograph from our day out at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Brotton near Wakefield. A fascinating place well worth a visit, its free too apart from a car parking charge.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Saltaire Festival

In Roberts Park there was a small but impressive display of vintage cars. The photograph shows two "Bubble Cars". These were built in the early 1960's. The one in the foreground was built under licence by a British company called Trojan.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Saltaire Festival

Stilt Walkers mingling with the crowd, between the showers, on the last day of the festival 

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Saltaire Festival

This year the festival has run from Thursday 8th September until tomorrow 18th September. Today was  the day with most activities, and of course it rained. We managed to take a few photographs between the showers.
This photograph is of a choir performing on the steps of Saltaires famous church  in front of a sizeable audience braving the elements.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Yarm Viaduct

The building of Yarm viaduct in 1848 was a remarkable feat of engineering. There were no mechanical excavators or mobile cranes to call on at that time, and the building materials for this impressive structure that dominates the Yarm skyline, had to be hauled into position by teams of horses and a pulley system. Yet the structure was completed in just over 4 years.
It cost £44,500 and is 760 yards long and was built to extend the Leeds and Thirsk Railway from Northallerton to Stockton and Hartlepool. The viaduct has 43 arches, two of which carry the railway over the River Tees, these are 65ft high and have spans of 67 ft and took 139,000 cubic feet of stone to build.
Over seven and a half million bricks went into the building of the viaduct which was designed by Thomas Grainger and John Bourne of Edinburgh. The official opening was in May 1852.
Three years after the opening, it was to claim the first of a number of fatalities. On an exceptionally dark wet night, a train overshot the platform and an unsuspecting stranger to the area in alighting from his carriage, stepped over the parapet and fell 74 ft. An inquest jury recommended that “some fencing be erected”. Over the years there have also been a number of suicides on the viaduct.

Leeds Carnival

This was the scene in one of the "make up"tents in Potternewton Park in preparation for the colourful parade around Chapeltown.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Valley Gardens, Harrogate

Photograph taken in the Valley Gardens in Harrogate.
Lovely place for a stroll in the sun.

Trivia about Harrogate - the town is currently the only postcode in mainland UK without a major Tesco store. This will no longer be the case as the council recently gave permission for Tesco to build a store opening in 2013.  

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


A dredger leaving Whitby Harbour having just gone through the swing bridge. The bridge is over 100 years old having opened in July 1909. The bridge joins the East and West sides of town and is opened on the hour and half past the hour (at high tides) to let boats and ships pass.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Shipley Glen Cable Tramway

The Shipley Glen Cable Tramway is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted). Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty of Shipley Glen, near Saltaire in West Yorkshire. At nearly a quarter-mile in length, the woodland ride provides a pleasant alternative to the steep path.

The tramway is now open again thanks to a hardy bunch of volunteers.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Saltaire Race

As part of the Saitaire Festival the YVAA (Yorkshire Veterans Athletics Association) held a Relay Race starting and finishing in Roberts Park this morning.
My photograph shows the race starting.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Nelson Mandela Gardens, Leeds

'Both Hands', Nelson Mandela Gardens, Leeds

by Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002) of Leeds. Represents the spirit of reconcilation.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Sculpture Park

Another scuplture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Old Saltburn

Nestling beneath the huge cliff face are what remains of Old Saltburn.  The public house in the photograph is the Ship Inn. It dates from the 16th century and was at the centre of the smuggling trade  

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Saltburn Pier

Saltburn Pier is the last remaining pleasure pier in Yorkshire. It was opened in 1869 and is 681 feet in length.
It is unusual in the fact that it points due North.
This photograph was taken in March on a lovely sunny Spring Sunday morning

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Leeds Carnival

Another photograph from our day at this years Carnival. A riot of colour and a throng of happy people

Monday, 5 September 2011

Leeds Clarence Dock

This sculpture can be found at Clarence Dock close to Leeds City Centre.

My wife, Maree, has had a photograph similar to this published in this months edition of Yorkshire Life

Sunday, 4 September 2011


Staithes was once one of the largest fishing ports in Yorkshire and an important source of Jet, Iron, Alum and Potash. Today it is a very attractive tourist destination.

A mile to the west, Boulby Cliff is the highest cliff in England

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley is a market town and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England. The town is located at the point where the valleys of Bilsdale and Ryedale leave the higher moorland and join the flat Vale of Pickering. It is situated on the River Rye and lies on the A170 road, 14 miles east of Thirsk, 13 miles west of Pickering and some 24 miles due north of York.
The Cleveland Way National Trail starts at Helmsley,

It is an historic town of considerable architectural character whose centre has been designated as a Conservation Area. The town is associated with the Earls of Feversham whose ancestral home Duncombe Park was built overlooking the castle.
The remains of Helmsley Castle tower over the town. Other nearby places of interest include Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Arts Centre.

Friday, 2 September 2011


There are old city centres, new city centres, smart city centres, scruffy city centres and there is Bradford city centre.
This photograph was taken November 2010.

The hole should be Westfield a shopping and leisure complex

Demolition on the site started on 18 March 2004 and by mid 2006 the site was empty apart from a large pile of rubble. It was originally hoped that the complex would be open by late 2007 (with construction commencing in early 2006), but with a lack of anchor tenants and with many workmen still working on Westfield Derby, the start date for construction was pushed back. The delays lead to Bradford Council threatening to take back control of the site from Westfield, if progress wasn't made.

Potted history as follows:-

·                    20 November, 2007 - Westfield installed staff cabins and began preparatory work prior to beginning construction.
·                    Also in November 2007, Westfield apply to change the planning permission to include a hotel.
·                    August 2008 - No formal start date for construction yet announced, as Westfield are waiting for more 'anchor tenants' to sign up for shop space; currently half of the total shop space has been let. The developers have pledged to start work 'as soon as possible' and preparatory work on the site was due to be completed by mid-August 2008.
·                    January 2009 - site consists of excavated foundations but nobody working on site and all staff entrances chained up.
·                    March 2009 - announced that work on the site is 'on hold' until 2010 due to the recession.
·                    20 May 2009 - Bradford West Member of Parliament Marsha Singh raised the lack of progress on the site during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons. Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, stated that he would be willing to hold a meeting with Westfield to discuss the issue
·                    February 2010 - Bradford Council announces plan to convert part of the site into a temporary park
·                    April 2010 - Work starts on the temporary park
·                    June 2011- Westfield to submit new revised plans for a smaller centre containing 77 shops

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge

The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge or Tees Transporter Bridge is the furthest downstream bridge across the River Tees. It connects Middlesbrough, on the south bank, to Port Clarence, on the north bank. It is a transporter bridge, carrying a travelling 'car', or 'gondola', suspended from the bridge, across the river in 90 seconds. The gondola can carry 200 people, 9 cars, or 6 cars and one minibus. It carries the A178 Middlesbrough to Hartlepool road. Locally the bridge is simply known as the Transporter.

Following a 1907 Act of Parliament the bridge was built at a cost of £68,026 6s 8d (£5,330,000 as of 2011) by Sir William Arrol & Co. of Glasgow between 1910 and 1911 to replace an earlier steam ferry. A transporter bridge was chosen because Parliament ruled that the new scheme of crossing the river had to avoid affecting the river navigation. The opening ceremony on the 17 October 1911 was performed by Prince Arthur of Connaught.

The bridge has an overall length (including cantilevers) of 851 feet (259 m), leaving a span between the centres of the towers of 580 feet (180 m), the beam of the bridge being carried at a height of 160 feet (49 m) above the road. This combined with an overall height of 225 feet (69 m), makes this bridge the second largest example remaining in the world; the largest being the bridge across the River Usk, at Newport in South Wales