Friday, 30 December 2011

Central Tramway Scarborough

The Central Tramway Company Scarborough Limited was created and registered in 1880.

The lift was designed for steam operation, this was housed away from the top station. The driver has no view of the cars so used marks on the rope to indicate car positions.

The track is 71 m long on a 1 in 2 gradient. The track is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge. The funicular is operated by two cars.

In 1910 this was converted to electric drive. In 1932 the cars were replaced and the motor placed under the top station. Control was from a driving position at the top of the station with full view of the cars. For emergency use each car is fitted with a screw on and wedge safety brake which operates on a safety rail down the centre of each track and the rail also carries the rollers for the support of the cables.

The Central Tramway Company Scarborough Limited still operates in its original corporate form

The tramway is seen here being refurbished before it reopens next May when it will operate until October

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Grand Hotel Scarborough

The Grand Hotel is a large hotel in Scarborough, England, overlooking the town's South Bay. It is now a Grade II  listed building that is owned by Britannia Hotels, and has undergone a £7 million refurbishment.
The hotel was designed by the Hull architect Cuthbert Brodrick, and when completed in 1867 was one of the largest hotels in the world, as well as one of the first giant purpose-built hotels in Europe. The hotel's distinctive yellow brickwork was made locally in Hunmanby.
The building is designed around the theme of time: four towers to represent the seasons, 12 floors for the months of the year, 52 chimneys symbolise the weeks, and originally there were 365 bedrooms, one for each day of the year. The hotel itself is in the shape of a 'V' in honour of Queen Victoria.
The hotel's heyday was arguably during Victorian times, when wealthy holidaymakers made up the establishment's clientele. As Scarborough was a famous spa town, the building's baths originally included an extra pair of taps, so guests could wash in seawater as well as fresh.
The hotel was badly damaged when the German Navy bombarded the town in 1914.
Nowadays, the hotel caters towards the budget end of the spectrum. The hotel was bought by Butlins, the company better-known for its holiday camps, in 1978, and run as an inexpensive choice of accommodation until it was sold to Britannia in 1998.
Three blue plaques outside mark where the novelist Anne Brontë died in 1849, the contribution of the RAF trainees stationed at the hotel during World War II, and the original opening of the building.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011


This shot was taken yesterday, Holiday Tuesday, as we had a day out in Scarborough. The castle sits high above the multi coloured housing with the amusement acrades lit up.
The castle dates from the 1150's but has been a ruin since the English Civil War

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Sir Titus Salts Hospital, Saltaire

Sir Titus Salt built a hospital for his workers. It opened in 1868 and did not close until 1963. It is situated in Victoria Road at its junction with Saltaire Road. It was converted into private flats but outwardly it remains a magnificent building

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Skipton Railway Station

Skipton railway station serves the town of Skipton in North Yorkshire, England on the Airedale Line. It is operated by Northern Rail and is situated 27 miles north-west of Leeds.
The station has four platforms and links Skipton to Leeds, Bradford, Carlisle and Morecambe.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Roberts Park Saltaire

This is a shot of the Bandstand in Roberts Park Saltaire. In the background you can see the parish church of St Peter.


The new bandstand, built in 2009, in exactly the same spot as the original. Though different from the older one in style, its dome echoes that of the United Reformed Church nearby.

Free concerts take place on Sunday afternoons in the summer

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Winter Sun in Roberts Park, Saltaire

Took this around 10.00 am, with the sun low in the sky, thus casting long shadows. I am always impressed by the diversity of trees within Roberts Park .

Roberts Park is a public park designed by William Gay. It was opened in 1871 as part of the planned layout for Saltaire model industrial town developed between 1850 and 1876. Restoration funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund was completed in April 2010.
Saltaire was laid out by Lockwood & Mawson as a model town around Salts Mill during the years 1851-71. The park was one of the last parts of the town to be completed. James Roberts, the manager of Salts Mill, presented it to the City of Bradford in 1920 from which time it was called Roberts Park.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

German Christmas Market in Leeds

Christkindelmarkt Market at Millennium Square in Leeds
A little piece of Germany returns to Leeds as the popular Christkindelmarkt sets up stall once again in Millennium Square. As one of the largest and most established traditional German Christmas Markets in the UK, a visit to Christkindelmarkt provides a little something for everyone featuring:

This brightly coloured merry go round caught my eye. It was early in the morning when it took the shot, so it was quiet. 

Friday, 16 December 2011

Occupy Leeds Protest

THE St Paul’s-style Occupy Leeds ­anti-capitalism camp doesn’t occupy very much of the city.
Only a few square yards of City Square – a glorified traffic island outside the railway station.

Surrounded by statues of famous Loiners and the bare-breasted bronze nymphs who outraged Victorian public opinion, it’s a struggle to proclaim the gospel despite youth unemployment soaring to record heights.
Give ’em a chance. They’ve only been there a week, and don’t attract the publicity of the St Paul’s camp, not least as you risk life and limb getting to their tents pitched on chilly marble slabs.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Ryhope Pump House

The Ryhope Engines Museum is a visitor attraction in the Ryhope suburb of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.
The Grade II listed building is the most visited man-made landmark in Ryhope and is based at The Ryhope Pumping Station, operational for 100 years before closing in 1967.
The volunteer-run museum contains two Victorian beam engines, which are kept in working order by members of the Ryhope Engines Trust. The site is owned by Northumbrian Water, successors to the Sunderland & South Shields Water Company which built the complex in the 1860s.
The engines are a near identical pair of double-acting compound rotative beam engines by the local North East firm R & W Hawthorn of Newcastle - 'possibly the finest pair of compound beam engines in Great Britain. Each beam weighs 22 tons and each flywheel 18 tons. Both engines can be seen fully operational and in steam on various weekends and bank holidays each year.
The museum also contains three 1908 Lancashire boilers (two of which are still in regular service), a blacksmith's forge, a waterwheel, numerous steam engines and pumps, a replica plumber's shop, and many items associated with waterworks. In addition, visitors arriving in the engine house are now able to see to the bottom of the 250-foot well shaft by means of a viewing panel inserted in the floor.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Beach at Bamburgh

Bamburgh is a large village and civil parish on the coast of Northumberland, England. It has a population of 454.
It is notable for two reasons: the imposing Bamburgh Castle, overlooking the beach, seat of the former Kings of Northumbria, and at present owned by the Armstrong family ; and its association with the Victorian heroine, Grace Darling, who is buried there.
Its extensive sandy beach was awarded the Blue Flag rural beach award in 2005. The Bamburgh Dunes, an area of sand dunes which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest, stand behind the award winning beach. Bamburgh is popular with holidaymakers and is within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Hartlepool Canon

19th Century Cannon
Situated in Hartlepool's Headland keeping a watchful eye looking out to sea is the Sebastopol Cannon near the Heugh Battery. This cannon was captured from the Russian Army at the battle of Sebastopol during the Crimean War (1854-56). In October 1857, the then Secretary of State, Lord Panmure, offered the cannon to Hartlepool Borough Council who gratefully accepted it. The cannon was transported from London on the steam ship 'Margaret' at a total cost of £2.19s.3d., and, after a year's delay, arrived at Hartlepool in September, 1858.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Punch and Judy at Otley Victorian Fair

Took this photo before the shows started.

The Punch and Judy show has roots in the 16th-century Italian commedia dell'arte. The figure of Punch derives from the Neapolitan stock character of Pulcinella, which was anglicised to Punchinello. He is a manifestation of the Lord of Misrule and Trickster figures of deep-rooted mythologies. Punch's wife was originally called "Joan."
The figure who later became Mr. Punch made his first recorded appearance in England in May 9, 1662, which is traditionally reckoned as Punch's UK birthday. The diarist Samuel Pepys observed a marionette show featuring an early version of the Punch character in Covent Garden in London. It was performed by an Italian puppet showman, Pietro Gimonde, a.k.a. "Signor Bologna." Pepys described the event in his diary as "an Italian puppet play, that is within the rails there, which is very pretty."

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Otley Victoria Fayre and Christmas Market

This was the 26th year that Otley has staged a  Christmas market with a Victorian theme. It should have been a good opportunity for us to take photographs, but unfortunately it rained. I did manage to take a few however.

Details of the steam roller as follows:-

1920 Fowler Steam Tractor – Earl Douglas
Works No. 15748 – Reg. No. EC 3388
This engine originally worked in the Cumbria area. It was also part of the Penrith Steam Museum collection for 25 years.
John Fowler was an agricultural engineer and inventor who was born in Wiltshire in 1826. He worked on the mechanisation of agriculture and was based in Leeds. He is credited with the invention of steam-driven ploughing engines. He died 4 December 1864, following a hunting accident. After his death, John Fowler & Co. which was based in Leathley Road Hunslet Leeds, was then continued by his son Robert Fowler and Robert Eddison. In 1886 the limited company of John Fowler & Co., (Leeds) Ltd., was formed, merging with Marshall, Sons & Co., Ltd., of Gainsborough in 1947 to form Marshall-Fowler Ltd. Production finally ceased in early 1974.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Yeadon Tarn

Yeadon Tarn (also known as Yeadon Dam) is located between High Street and the airport runway. During the Second World War it was drained to prevent enemy aircraft using its reflection as a landmark to identify the nearby Avro factory.
 The tarn is used for sailing and fishing. Mallard ducks, swans and a sizable population of Canada Geese can be found at the tarn. There is a BMX bike track adjacent to it, with competitions held in the summer.
It is an excellent location to watch aircraft landing and taking off at the Leeds Bradford Airport

Friday, 9 December 2011

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Misty Morning

This is a view from Ings Lane, Guiseley on a misty winters morning

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Black Rock Public House Wakefield

The Black Rock is one of thirteen pubs in Wakefield city centre where you can enjoy a decent pint of real ale.

The blue plaque on the wall reads :-

"John Potter D.D. 1674 - 1747  Bishop of Oxford  and from 1737 Archbishop of Canterbury, lived as a boy here in the family home here above his family's drapers shop"

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Shipley War Memorial

The Shipley War Memorial is situated in Crowgill Park in between Kirkgate and Saltaire Road.
I thought the poppies poking through the snow adds a nice little touch.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Train to Carlisle

The photograph shows a Northern Rail train leaving Keighley heading towards Carlisle via Settle.

British Rail Class 158 Express Sprinter is a diesel multiple-unit (DMU) train, built for British Rail between 1989 and 1992 by BREL at its Derby Works.

The 72 mile route from Settle to Carlisle takes you on a journey through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging in to the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor. Emerging onto the side of Dentdale, the line leaves the Dales at Garsdale and makes it way through the gentle, lush rolling hills of the Eden Valley, with rural villages and market towns before arriving at the great border city of Carlisle.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

This is the Santa Special Train pulling into Keighley Railway Station.

The KWVR is a standard gauge branch line which joins the national railway network at Keighley in the north east of England and runs 5-miles up the Worth Valley to Oxenhope.

Other stations on the Line are at Ingrow, Damems, Oakworth (location of the film 'The Railway Children') and Haworth (the former home of the Brontë family).

The Railway is perhaps most famous for its role in the 1970 film version of Edith Nesbit's story The Railway Children.
The decision to recreate the atmosphere of a 1950s branch line has been hugely popular, not least with film makers and TV producers. Over the years, the Railway has appeared in many TV and film productions including Yanks, Sherlock Holmes, Last of the Summer Wine, Treasure Hunt, Sons and Lovers, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Poirot, Born and Bred, The Royal, Where The Heart Is, A Touch Of Frost, Songs Of Praise, and Pink Floyd's The Wall.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Keighley War Memorial

This soldier stands at the base of the War Memorial in Keighley town centre.
The memorial was unveiled and dedicated on 7th December 1924 by Lieutenant General Sir Charles H Harington of Northern Command and Reverend S Howard-Hall, former chaplain of the 6th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment.  An estimated 25,000 people attended the service.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Guiseley Parish Church

The first church was built about 1150 and was rectangular in shape, covering the present St. Oswald's chapel. The Archbishop granted the manor of Guiseley and Esholt to Sir Simon Ward of Givendale near Ripon, and in the mid 13th century the Ward family rebuilt what is now St. Oswald's chapel and added the chapel of St. Mary at the East end of the South aisle. During the 14th century the tower was built,and in 1910 the present nave, chancel, north aisle and vestries were added and the new church was consecrated by the Bishop of Ripon on 14 May.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Guiseley Snow

As we enter December, here is photograph to remind you of the bad winter we had last year It was taken on  the 3rd of December.
It was taken in Ings Lane, Guiseley.
The postman was having problems with his footwear as he did his best to deliver the post.