Monday, 31 October 2011

Saltaire Fishing

Anglers taking part in a fishing competition on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Saltaire. Fishing with these long poles is now the preferred method of fishing in still waters like lakes and canals

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Saltaire - Autumn

Took this shot this morning as we walked along the towpath of Leeds Liverpool Canal from our flat in Saltaire. 
I think the cricket scoreboard looks good against the trees showing their autumn colours

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Leeds Reflection

This is a shot taken by many a photographer. It is hidden in a courtyard off Boar Lane in the cente of Leeds.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Bingley Signpost

I came across this sign in Bingley, thought it was quite amusing

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Salts Mill - Saltaire


This is a view of Salts Mill from Bingley Road in Saltaire

When Salts Mill opened in 1853, it was the biggest factory in the world. 3000 workers toiled away at 1200 looms, producing 30,000 yards of cloth every single day.
The textile industry gradually declined, and by the 1980's the Mill had become virtually
redundant.

Jonathan Silver purchased the Mill in 1987. It was in poor repair in many parts and didn’t
seem to have much of a future,  but Jonathan didn’t see it that way.
He was undaunted bythe vast project; indeed it thrilled and excited him and by the time of his death 10 years later,he had transformed Salts from an empty, decaying place into a bustling centre for art and commerce. He opened the 1853 Hockney art galleries, and made other areas into restaurants,shopping and office space.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Harrogate - Bettys Tea Room

The first Bettys tea room was opened on Cambridge Crescent in Harrogate, West Riding of Yorkshire, by Frederick Belmont, a Swiss confectioner, in July 1919.The Harrogate tea rooms later moved to their current position on Parliament Street.
Belmont arrived in England at King's Cross railway station able to speak little English and losing his document with the address of his destination. After confronting many passers by, an old gentleman who spoke a small amount of French managed to tell him where he was going, Bradford. Belmont returned to King's Cross shouting "Bradfat" at any train station official he could find; eventually he managed to board the correct train to Bradford. In the 1920s, Belmont opened a craft bakery in Harrogate, which meant it was possible to open more tea rooms, including a York branch.

The origin of the name is unknown. The company's website suggests four possibilities:
1. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, mother of Queen Elizabeth II (which seems unlikely as she did not come to public prominence until marrying the Duke of York in 1923)
2. Betty Lupton, former manager of the Harrogate Spa
3. The daughter of a previous occupant of the Harrogate premises who died of tuberculosis
4. A small child who interrupted a meeting at which the choice of name was being discussed

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

York Minster - Chapter House Ceiling

The Chapter House, within York Minster, is one of the most beautiful rooms ever created. Built in the Decorated Gothic style and octagonal in shape, it was begun in 1260 and completed in 1286. Its walls contain some of the Minster's finest carvings, most dating from 1270 to 80.
The Chapter House is still used as a meeting place by the Dean and Chapter today. The statutes which govern the organisation have changed very little since they were first established by Thomas of Bayeux.  Each wall contains six seats: to emphasise the equality of all members, no-one can sit centrally.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Apperley Bridge

Narrow boats at Apperley Bridge on a still autumnal day.
Apperley Bridge straddles the Leeds-Liverpool Canal  and the River Aire.
There are an estimated 30,000 narrow boats on the canals in the UK

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

The current Embsay Station signalbox (so called as there was also an Embsay Junction signalbox) is not the original structure from the line's opening in 1888. This 'box was replaced in 1923, at the dawn of Grouping, for reasons not fully known, although it was assumed that the box tried to slip down the embankment! This 1923 replacement (a Midland 4D wooden signalbox, although opened under the LMS) is still standing, following a very thorough rebuild, and still controls Embsay Station. It is now busier than at most times during its history!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Shipley Poster

Saw this poster in Carters Public House in Shipley, made me smile. The pub is situated outside of Shipley Railway station at the rear of Platform 1.

Leeds Listed Building

Another example of magnificent architecture in Leeds City Centre. This time above the entrance to the County Arcade off Briggate

Friday, 21 October 2011

Leeds Listed Building

Leeds has many magnificent churches and listed buildings, I have only scratched the surface in photographing them. When shopping in Leeds if you look up from the modern shop fronts you can see some wonderful architecture.
This for example is in Briggate above the shop fronts of the Northern Rock  and O2 shops.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Leeds Blue Plaques


Leeds Civic Trust set up its Historic Plaques Scheme in 1987 to promote public awareness of the heritage of the city of Leeds. The first blue plaque, which marks Burley Bar - one of the boundaries of the medieval town - was unveiled in 1987. By January 2008, 110 plaques had been erected.
This plaque can be found in the Headrow outside the Leeds Building Society Offices

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Leeds Stone Circle

It may not be Stonehenge, but Leeds does have its own stone circle. It is situated close to the Aire Calder Navigation close to Thwaites Mill.
It was built as an art project back in the 1990's.
It has however been used by modern Pagans for seasonal rituals and according to some Leeds Pagans the stones are actually astrologically aligned.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Saltaire - River Aire

Shot looking up the River Aire with a view of Roberts Park under the footbridge. A few miles upstream from here the river goes under the Leeds Liverpool Canal aquaduct.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Saltaire in Autumn

Another shot taken on Saturday morning. This time its within the grounds of the United Reform Church, looking down towards the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
Trivia - Saltaire is one of only two United Reformed churches in the country that have a set of bells to ring.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Saltaire in Autumn

This shot was taken as I walked down Victoria Road looking towards Victoria Hall. It was a very bright sunny morning so difficult to get the exposure right

Friday, 14 October 2011

Yarm - reflection in a cafe


I took this photograph inside a cafe in Yarm on a sunny spring Sunday morning. I then flipped the photograph horizontally. Which is the original photograph? 

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Ilkley May Day Carnival

This reflection photograph shows people enjoying the sunshine as they wait the May Day Carnival parade. In the background is The All Saints Parish Church 

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Otley Navvies Memorial

Bramhope Tunnel runs for over 2 miles and was built for the Leeds & Thisk Railway between 1846 and 1849. Over 2,000 men worked on its construction and once completed a memorial was erected for those who lost their lives. The memorial is a replica of the northern port and records the names of 23 miners and excavators (navvies) employed. It can be found in the churchyard of All Saints Parish Church, Otley.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Otley Market

Anybody want a hat? Reflection of a gentleman looking at the range of hats on display.
Otley market is held in the Market Square and nearby streets on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. On market days there are approximately 100 open-air stalls with a variety of goods for sale, including food and household items.
Documented history for the market begins in 1222 when King Henry III granted the first Royal Charter. The town had two cattle markets, Wharfedale Farmers' Auction Mart on East Chevin Road and the Bridge End Auction Mart which has closed and was subsequently demolished

The Cross Pipes Otley

Built in 1762 The Cross Pies is one of Otleys oldest public houses.
It was the last establishment to brew its own ales in the Vat house. Brewing ceased around 1928.
Now it serves an excellent pint of Timothy Taylors Landlord beer

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Otley - Thomas Chippendale Statue

Thomas Chippendale, the famous cabinet maker was baptised in Otley parish church on 5th June 1718

This statue was commissioned by The Sam Chippindale Foundation. It was presented to The Chippendale Society and unveiled on 6th January 1987.

Although not claiming direct descendency from Thomas Chippendale, Sam Hartley Chippindale, the founder of Ther Sam Chippindale Foundation, was born in Otley in 1909

Fountains Abbey Vaulted Ceiling

I love the different shapes in this photograph, with the stonework, of varying shades, going in different directions. With all our modern technology and mechanisation it is easy to forget this was designed and built by hand nearly 1000 years ago

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Rochdale Canal at Hebden Bridge

Looking along the Rochdale Canal at Hebden Bridge with the Black Pit Lock in the foreground

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Stokesley - River Levin

Stokesley is a small market town and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. It lies on the River Leven.

Stokesley is located between Middlesbrough, Guisborough and Northallerton, in a farming area. Local attractions for visitors include nearby Great Ayton, Captain Cook's monument, Roseberry Topping and the North York Moors.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Fountains Abbey

The dramatic Abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country. 


Set in the naturally beautiful Skell valley, flanked by two vast expanses of lawned grass with awe inspiring cliff faces to either side and the river Skell running through the valley and under The Abbey - which in itself is a masterpiece of twelfth century building ingenuity - this truly is a beautiful place to visit.

Canal Reflection at Shipley

This was taken walking along the canal between Saltaire and Shipley. I think the ugly Shipley clock tower actually looks quite good.   This eccentric, yet distinctive, clock tower dates back to the 1950s.

Sunday, 2 October 2011