Wednesday, 30 November 2011

River Tyne - five bridges

If you look carefully you can see five bridges spanning the River Tyne. The shot was taken from the quayside at Newcastle. The bridges are as follows :-

Tyne Bridge - built 1928
Swing Bridge - built 1876
High Level Bridge - built 1849/50
Metro Bridge - built 1981
King Edward Bridge - built 1906

The obelisk is a memorial to the Methodist Preacher John Wesley who visited Tyneside many times between 1742 and 1792.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Middlesbrough Sculpture

This sculpture is located in Russell Street, Central Gardens. It is Middlesbrough’s largest and most controversial public sculpture. You maybe can't tell by looking at it but it pays tribute to the town’s most famous citizen, Captain James Cook, the area’s proud iron and steel foundry skills and the cultural changes that are now occurring within the Teesside area.

Monday, 28 November 2011

The Worlds Oldest Stained Glass Window

The oldest stained glass discovered in the world to date is at St. Paul's church in Jarrow. The fragments of glass dated 7th. century were unearthed in the monastery grounds when Durham University organised an archaeological dig in 1973/74. These fragments were placed into a Saxon window of the church chancel in a small circular panel 7" in diameter, and can be viewed daily by visitors to St. Paul's as can be seen below

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Gateshead - Baltic Flour Mill

The BALTIC site, on the South bank of the river Tyne was occupied from 1858 until 1889/90 by The Gateshead Iron Works famous for their work on the High Level Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne.
The site lay derelict until foundation work for the Baltic Flour Mills began in the late 1930s. The Baltic Flour Mills was built for Joseph Rank Limited beside the River Tyne in Gateshead in 1950. It was dual purpose factory for the production of flour and animal feed.

Hundreds of people were employed there until it closed in November 1982

The silo building is the only remaining part of the Baltic factory.
The building was converted into an Art Gallery and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art opened on Saturday 13 July 2002.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

River Tyne - Shipbuilding

Shipbuilding was once an imprtant industry on the River Tyne.    At its peak the Tyne built 25% of the world's shipping, while at one stage the UK was the world's largest shipbuilding nation. Now sadly there is no shipbuilding at all.

Hawthorn Leslie, was a shipbuilding and locomotive manufacturer. The Company was founded on Tyneside in 1886 and ceased building ships in 1982.
Perhaps the most famous ship built by the Company was HMS Kelly launched in 1938 and commanded by Lord Louis Mountbatten

Friday, 25 November 2011

River Tyne

This view of the River Tyne shows the Gateshead Millenium Bridge in the foreground, the Tyne Bridge in the background and The Sage on the left bank of the river.  

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge spanning the River Tyne in England between Gateshead's Quays arts quarter on the south bank, and the Quayside of Newcastle upon Tyne on the north bank. The bridge is sometimes referred to as the 'Blinking Eye Bridge' due to its shape and its tilting method. It opened on 17th September 2001.

 The Sage is a centre for musical education, performance and conferences, located in Gateshead on the south bank of the River Tyne. It opened in 2004. I have seen Alison Moyet, KD Lang and Solomon Burke perform there.

The Tyne Bridge is a through arch bridge over the River Tyne  linking Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead. It was designed by the engineering firm Mott, Hay and Anderson, who later designed the Forth Road Bridge, and was built by Dorman Long and Co. of Middlesbrough. At the time of its construction it was the world's longest single span bridge. The bridge was officially opened on 10 October 1928 by King George V and has since become a defining symbol of Tyneside

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Newcastle Civic Centre

River God Tyne (1968)
Sculptor: David Wynne

Location: Civic Centre, Newcastle. Materials: Bronze.
Commissioned for the new Civic Centre the 'River God Tyne' is one of the eight rivers represented on the sculptures on the front of Somerset House, London dating from 1786. The original mask was surmounted by a basket of coals surrounded by a variety of motifs and emblems symbolising different trades peculiar to the Tyne Valley. It portrays the river God in human form, a fountain within his outstretched hand coursing a constant stream of water along the tortured and twisted torso of the aquatic diety.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Newcastle City Centre

Newcastle city centre is a pleasing mixture of buildings old and new. Architecturally it has many stunning buildings and it is a lovely place to stroll round. I have tried to show this in this photograph of the old reflected in the new.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Blackpool Tram

The Blackpool tramway runs from Blackpool to Fleetwood on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire, England, and is the only surviving first-generation tramway in the United Kingdom. The tramway dates back to 1885 and is one of the oldest electric tramways in the world. It is run by Blackpool Transport (BTS) as part of the Metro Coastlines network, owned by Blackpool Borough Council. The tramway runs for 11 miles and carries 6,500,000 passengers each year. It is also one of only a few operational tramways in the world that operate using double-deck tram systems, others including the Hong Kong Tramways system and Alexandria Tram in Egypt.
The tram in the photograph is a Balloon car. They were built by English Electric during 1934 and 1935. 27 were delivered, of which thirteen were open-topped.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Bradford Fire & Ice Festival

This pair had great fun entertaining the kids, holding up the traffic and frightening everybody with their "ghetto blaster".

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Bradford Fire & Ice Festival

One of two Snow Queens who entertained the kids as they waited for the show in Centenary Square that brought the Bradford Fire & Ice Festival to a close

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Bradford Fire & Ice Festival

As part of Bradford's Fire & Ice Festival there were several Ice Sculptures in the city centre. This was the largest and you could admire the skill of the artist as he carved out the angel  from blocks of ice.
Unfortunately for the artist it was a lovely warm sunny day and by the time he was working on the base of the angel her wings were melting.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Hartlepool First World war

This tablet is on the Headland in my home town of Hartlepool. Some historians doubt the validity of it. What not is in doubt is the attack by the Germans on the North East Coast of England. 

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Andy Capp - Hartlepool

Andy Capp is a cartoon strip character published in the Daily Mirror since 1957. The author was Reg Smythe, born,  in my home town of Hartlepool, in 1918. Although Reg died in 1998, Andy Capp has carried on.
  Jean Smythe, widow of Reg , unmasked the 5ft high bronze sculpture in the town's Headland area in 2007

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has been described as ‘one of the great architectural experiences of Europe’. It is renowned as a masterpiece of Romanesque (or Norman) architecture. It was begun in 1093 and largely completed within 40 years. It is the only cathedral in England to retain almost all of its Norman craftsmanship, and one of few to preserve the unity and integrity of its original design.
It towers above the city and the River Wear as can be seen in this photograph

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Wakefield Cathedral

This sign made me smile. I like nothing better than a drop of real ale and I do like a good hymn. However I never ever thought of doing them together. I am trying to imagine singing "Good King Wenceslas" after a few bottles of "Black Sheep"!!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Blackpool Tower

Having posted 100 photographs from Yorkshire, I thought it was a good time to spread my wings and show you my views of the wonderful country that is England.
My first is one of the most iconic buildings in England - Blackpool Tower

Five Tower facts :-

1. It opened to the public 14th May 1894
2. It is 518ft 9 inches tall
3. The same family owned it from its opening until 1964 (The Bickerstaffes)
4.  Since 1930 there have only been 3 resident organists:-
               Reginald Dixon - 1930 to 1970
               Ernest Broadbent - 1970 to 1977
               Phil Kelsall - 1977 to present
5.  The Tower Lounge Bar is a large pub with a capacity of 1700 customers

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Remembrance Sunday

In the United Kingdom, 'Remembrance Sunday' is held on the second Sunday in November, which is the Sunday nearest to 11 November Armistice Day. It is the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11 a.m. in 1918, "to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
This photograph is from last year in Guiseley. In Photoshop I took all the colour out then put the colour back on the flags.   

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Seamer St Martins Church

Not being able to afford Photoshop I am limited as to what I can do when editing my photographs. However I use an excellent free program called Fastone, which has some editing features. On this photograph I used the "sketch effect".

There are two villages named Seamer and they are both in North Yorkshire. To further confuse matters they both of a church called St. Martin. One is 4 miles Souh West of Scarbrough. The other, which is in the photograph above, is 2 miles NW of Stokesley.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Woolpack Esholt

The Woolpack is a fictional public house on the popular ITV soap opera Emmerdale. Its sign is a wool bale, a popular symbol in sheep-rearing country. It has played host to many of the soap's storylines and is the focus of the programme. It is the second oldest TV soap pub, opening its doors in October 1972 and being preceded by The Rovers Return Inn which opened in December 1960 and succeeded by The Queen Victoria which opened in February 1985.
The Woolpack is the only soap pub to have changed locations as part of a story-line. In 1976, the original Woolpack was found to be suffering from subsidence. Another building was bought by landlords Amos Brearly and Henry Wilks and made its debut as The Woolpack later the same year. This was to cover Emmerdale Farm's move from Arncliffe to Esholt for location filming.
The first Woolpack was the Falcon Inn in Arncliffe. When the outdoor scenes were moved to Esholt in 1976 the Commercial Inn was chosen as the new Woolpack. The present Woolpack is on the purpose-built Emmerdale village set on the Harewood estate which is based on Esholt

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Halifax Piece Hall

The Grade 1 Listed Halifax Piece Hall is that rare and precious thing, an architectural and cultural phenomenon which is absolutely unique. It is the sole survivor of the great 18th century northern cloth halls, a class of buildings which embodied the vital and dominant importance of the trade in hand woven textiles to the the pre-industrial economy of the West Riding of Yorkshire, from the Middle Ages through to the early 19th century.
It’s now home to a host of shops, cafes and even an art gallery. Events of all kinds take place throughout the year, ranging from celebrations, children’s fun days, and concerts.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Bingley River Aire

This photograph of the River Aire is taken from the Ireland Bridge in Bingley. 
Ireland Bridge is a Grade II listed structure and a historically significant crossing point over the River Aire in West Yorkshire, England. It is now the main route between Bingley & the nearby villages of Harden, Wilsden & Cullingworth. The current bridge dates from 1686

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Five Rise Locks - Autumn View

This shot was taken from the bottom lock of the Five Rise Locks. The path alongside is very steep. Hard to cycle up, the two cyclists in the photograph did not make it to the top !!!!!!! 

Monday, 7 November 2011

Bingley Canal

This view is from the cafe at the top of the Five Rise locks at Bingley. From this point the next lock is not for another 19 miles just before Gargrave.
The Leeds Liverpool Canal is 127 miles long with 91 locks in total

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Bingley in the Autumn Sunshine

This morning we had a lovely walk around Bingley. It was a glorious sunny morning with hardly a cloud in the sky. The photograph shows the shadow of a tree on the side of Bingleys All Saints Parish Church

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Wakefield - former Crown Court

This maginficent building was built in 1810 and was the court house for Wakefield until the 1990's. Thankfully discussions are taking place to save the building and put it to good use.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Bradford City Hall - Clock Tower

The building was designed by Lockwood and Mawson, and opened in 1873.
 Before its relocation, between 1847 to 1872, the town hall had been the Fire Station House in Swain Street. In 1869 a new triangular site was purchased, and a competition held for a design to rival the town halls of Leeds and Halifax The local firm of Lockwood and Mawson was chosen over the other 31 entries. It was built by John Ives & Son of Shipley and took three years to build at a cost of £100,000. It was opened on 9 September 1873, on a very wet day by Matthew Thompson, the mayor.
It was first extended in 1909, to a design by Norman Shaw and executed by architect F.E.P. Edwards with another council chamber, more committee rooms and a banqueting hall. It was extended again in 1914 with a new entrance and staircase in baroque marble by William Williamson and listed grade I on 14 June 1963.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Thirsk - World of James Herriot

The World of James Herriot is a museum attraction in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England. The museum covers the life and books of the 20th century veterinarian and author James Herriot (1916–1995) within the Yorkshire Dales.
The museum is located in a 1940s period house with veterinary science exhibits. It was the original practice of James Herriot, at 23 Kirkgate, known as "Skeldale House" in the books
When James Herriot died in 1995, Hambleton District Council bought the house and started a £1.4 million restoration programme. This included a recreation of the original living quarters and sets from the All Creatures Great and Small television series based on the books. The Austin 7 car used in the TV series is in the garden.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Hirst Wood

Hirst Wood is a community of just over 600 households to the west of Shipley and Saltaire in West Yorkshire. It is an area surrounded by great natural beauty, including the Leeds-Liverpool canal and the semi-ancient woodland that gave the area its name.
The photograph was taken as you enter the wood from the car park by Hirst lock. Beyond this the path runs out and it easy to loose yourself deep within the wood.

I always marvel at how nature produces so many different shades of green

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Shipley Reflection

This is on my way to work as I walk to Shipley Railway Station. This old canal warehouse has been renovated and is use as offices, businesses and a restuarant.