Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Bingley Five Rise Locks - from inside the drained locks

Having walked down the entire length of the locks this is the view from inside the bottom lock. This is a view not to be seen again in my lifetime

Monday, 30 January 2012

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Bingley Five Rise Locks - inside the drained locks

After seeing the queues on Saturday, I decided to get upto the locks early on Sunday morning. I was up there at 930 and found although offically not open until 10.00am they were already allowing people in. Thankfully there were no queues.
I took this photograph as I was climbing down to the lock bottom

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Bingley Locks drained for repair

Bingley Five Rise Locks are the only Grade I Listed lock on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. They will be open (today and tomorrow) for visitors to observe during the replacement of four of its gates (the other gates were changed in 2000 and 2006). There will be the chance to take a tour deep inside into the locks as well as chat to British Waterways’ experts about how this skilled operation takes place.

The gates have been in place for over 25 years now completing there working life and will be replaced by new ones that have been made of oak to exactly the same dimensions and design. The gates have been made at Stanley Ferry Workshop in Wakefield which is one of only two workshops in the country.

The water is kept out of the lock chamber using stop planks which are laid on top of each other to form a watertight seal. Whilst the lock is drained to remove the gates, the stoppage team will take the opportunity to carry out repairs to the lock chamber, carry out any repairs to the ground paddles that are required as well as any other repairs which need making.

Unfortunately when we arrived at the top lock at 11.00 am this morning there was a long queue of people waiting to go into the drained locks. We decided not to queue.

I  might try and go early tomorrow morning to see if I can beat the crowds.

The photograph shows part of the queue.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Sand dunes Bamburgh

On a dark dank dizzly day I thought I would show a photograph from the wonderful Northumberland coast. These large sand dunes can be found near to Bamburgh

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Canal Reflection Shipley

Canals are great for reflections. Unlike flowing rivers the water in the canal is relatively still. This was taken on the Leeds Liverpool Canal At Shipley

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Beamish Railway Station

Beamish Railway Station is a typical North Eastern Railway station  on the edge of the town. The station building itself came from Rowley just a few miles from Beamish, along with a signal box from Carr House East, near Consett, a goods shed from Alnwick and coal drops from West Boldon.

The photograph shows the inside of the ticket office.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Beamish School

An image of desks used by school children at the start of the 20th Century - a far cry from a modern classroom

Monday, 23 January 2012

Beamish - Inside the Masonic Hall

On Wednesday 9th April 2006 The Most Worshipful Grand Master HRH The Duke of Kent officially opened the Masonic Hall at Beamish Open Air Museum
The building reproduces in detail, a Masonic Hall as it was in 1913 in Park Terrace, Sunderland. It comprises a Robing Room and a Tyler’s Room which leads into the Temple itself, set out as it would be for a Ceremony. Experienced masons are in attendance to answer queries from members of the visiting public, Beamish following the principle of explaining every possible element of social history with accuracy and openness.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Beamish Victorian Cooking

Going to Beamish is a chance for you to step back in time. Here is a view inside a Victorian house with a chance to see how the Victorians baked and cooked

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Beamish Transport

Whenever you visit Beamish you will always see a wide variety of buses, cars , tractors, bicycles and trains.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Beamish Open Air Museum

Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum is an open-air museum located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, County Durham, England. The museum's guiding principle is to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the climax of industrialisation in the early 20th century.

Much of the restoration and interpretation is specific to the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, together with portions of countryside under the influence of industrial revolution in 1825. On its 300 acres (120 ha) estate it utilises a mixture of translocated, original and replica buildings; a huge collection of artifacts, working vehicles and equipment; as well as livestock and costumed interpreters.

The museum has received a number of prestigious awards since it opened its present site to visitors in 1972 and has been influential on other "living museums". It is a significant educational resource, and helps to preserve some traditional north-country and rare livestock breeds.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Bridlington Chalets

Many English seaside resorts have lovely multi coloured chalets - not so Bridlington. They may look smart, but I cant help thinking they would look so much better painted in bright colours

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Baildon Reservoirs

View of Baildon Reservoirs with Baildon in the background and the golf club around the walls of the reservoir

The reservoirs, on a 3.5-acre site, were built in the 1850s to get fresh water to Baildon. The village had one of the highest death rates in the country because of water-borne diseases and up to 25 households would use the same toilet.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Bridlington Beach

A fisherman digging for worms on Bridlington South Beach, as you can see he has been quite busy

Monday, 16 January 2012

Baildon Common

View looking north from Baildon Common. After all the recent dull wet and windy weather it was nice to see blue skies and the sun.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Baildon Common

Horse rider well wrapped against the cold, exercising her well groomed horse on Baildon Common

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Baildon Golf Club

Baildon Golf club was founded in 1896 by the members of the St Andrews Society who picked the site because of the fresh air and health benefits the moor provided away from the industrial chimneys of Saltaire and Bradford. Since the clubs formation the ethos has remained the same; to make the game of golf and the moors fresh air available to as many people as possible.

Golfers in action, enjoying the lovely winter sun

Friday, 13 January 2012

Bridlington Harbour

Bridlington Harbour at low tide with fishermans huts and lobster pots in the background

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Bridlington Groynes

I like the patterns made by the groynes, on the North Shore at Bridlington. There are only a couple on the South Shore

What is a groyne?
A groyne is a rigid  structure built from an ocean shore that interrupts water flow and limits the movement of sediment. In the ocean, groynes create beaches, or avoid having them washed away by longshore drift. Ocean groynes run generally perpendicular to the shore, extending from the upper foreshore or beach into the water. The areas between groups of groynes are groyne fields. Groynes are generally made of wood, concrete, or rock piles, and placed in groups. They are often used in tandem with seawalls. Groynes, however, may cause a shoreline to be perceived as unnatural and unattractive

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Bridlington Winter Sun

People and their dogs enjoying the lovely clean beach at Bridlington in glorious winter sunshine 

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Bridlington Amusements

Fairground ride at Bridlington closed for the winter. In the background is the South Beach and Flamborough Head

Monday, 9 January 2012

Bridlington Priory

Shot taken from the Priory Green, showing the Priory towering above the bare trees.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Bridlington Epitaph

Found this touching epitaph at the back of Bridlington Priory. It reads:-

          Here lies the body of Mary Barnet
          Who departed this life
          June the 10th 1815
          Aged 13 years

         Afflictions sore long time t' bore
         Physicians were in vain
         Till God please to please
          And free me from my pain


Saturday, 7 January 2012

Bridlington Priory

This is one of several carvings on the external walls of Bridlington Priory. I am always in awe of the skill of the stone masons in Medieval England

Friday, 6 January 2012

Bridlington Priory

Priory Church of St. Mary, Bridlington, commonly known as Bridlington Priory Church is a parish church in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, in the Diocese of York. It is on the site of an Augustinian priory founded in 1113 which was dissolved during the Dissolution of the Monasteries


Bridlington Priory was founded around 1113 by Walter de Gant, for Augustinian Canons Regular, one of the earliest Augustinian houses in England, with an adjoining convent. Its foundation was confirmed in charters by King Henry I of England The site had formerly been a Saxon church and nunnery. When complete, the building was over 400 ft long and 75 ft wide with a transept which was 150 ft long  

Early history

The priory was favoured by kings and their nobles and soon owned land across Yorkshire. The Canons from the priory established Newburgh Priory in 1145. King Stephen granted the priory should have right to have the property of felons and fugitives within the town and proceeds from the harbour and later King John gave the priory the right to hold a yearly fair in the town in 1200. During the conflict between Stephen and Matilda, William le Gros, Earl of Albemarle (a Manor in Holderness which is now ‘lost’) advanced on the priory and expelled the canons in his campaign against Gilbert de Gant of Hunmanby. He fortified the priory and later gave the priory six parcels of land, one at Boynton and the rest in Holderness. Henry IV appropriated the rectory of Scarborough to the priory which was later confirmed by Henry V, Henry VI and Edward IV. A royal license was also granted by Richard II in 1388 to crenellate the priory with a wall and gates of stone. There were fourth gates, Kirk Gate, West Gate, Nun Gate and Bayle Gate. The priory also had a large library, which listed by John Leland shortly before the dissolution.

Dissolution of the Monasteries

The priory was dissolved in 1538 by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The priory was very wealthy at the time of the dissolution and its yearly income was estimated to be £547 6s. 11½D, and owned land stretching from Blubberhouses in the north, and Askham Richard, down to the Spurn Point
The condition of the priory at the dissolution can be gathered from the report of Richard Pollard, a surveyor of Henry VIII. The Church was more than 390 feet in length, surrounded by the Chapter House, Treasury, Cloister, Prior's Hall, Infirmary. All the buildings were destroyed except the Nave which became the parish church and the Gate-house, which is now the Bayle Gate Museum. Some of the stones from the old priory were used in the construction of the piers at Bridlington. The last Prior, William Wode, was executed at Tyburn for his part in the Pilgrimage of Grace


For three centuries after the dissolution, the Nave continued to be used as the parish church and only a third of the building was actually used by the congregation From 1846 the parish began to raise funds to restore the church and it partially re-roofed, the west window was opened out and filled with stained glass; the interior was white-washed; and the east window also was filled with stained glass. This work was carried out by the Lancaster partnership of Paley and Austin, but their work was not to the satisfaction of the church authorities. Around 1874 the church employed Sir George Gilbert Scott to completed refurbish the church as it is today. The total cost of the restoration was about £27,000

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Bayle Museum Bridlington

Bridlington Old Town is a short walk from the harbour, It has many interesting buildings including the Priory and its gatehouse.

The monastic gatehouse is over 800 years old. It has housed The Bayle Museum since 1928.
Today the Bayle is a Grade I Listed Building and Scheduled Ancient Monument, which makes it of great interest historically and architecturally

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Bridlington Fish Quay

From early in the history of Bridlington, a small fishing port grew up near the coast, later known as Bridlington Quay. After the discovery of a chalybeate spring, the Quay developed in the 19th century to become a seaside resort. Bridlington's first hotel was opened in 1805 and it soon became a popular holiday resort for industrial workers from the West Riding of Yorkshire. A new railway station was opened on 6 October 1846, between the Quay and the historic town.

The area around the new railway station was developed and the two areas of the town were brought together. Bridlington's popularity has declined with the industrial north and the popularity of cheap foreign holidays. Although the fishing fleet has also declined the port remains popular with sea anglers for day trips along the coast or further out to local shipwrecks.

Bridlington has lucrative export markets for shell fish to France, Spain and Italy, said to be worth several million pounds a year

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Flamborough Head

This shot was taken from Bridlington's North Shore promenade with Flamborough Head in the distance

Flamborough Head is a promontory of 8 miles (13 km) on the Yorkshire coast of England, between the Filey and Bridlington bays of the North Sea. It is a chalk headland, and the resistance it offers to coastal erosion may be contrasted with the low coast of Holderness to the south. There are larger numbers and a wider range of cave habitats at Flamborough than at any other chalk site in Britain, the largest of which are known to extend for more than 50 m from their entrance on the coast

Monday, 2 January 2012

Bridlington South Beach

Over the Christmas period, we had a few days away at the seaside. Our choice of venue was Bridlington and the apartment we rented was perfect. With the weather being mild, even if it was dull, we managed to get out and take a few photographs.
Bridlington has a small harbour with beaches north and south.
This shot of the South Beach, was taken just after midday looking south towards Hornsea. There were in fact plenty of people about so I had to be patient to get the shot.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Scarborough Spa Complex

The Spa, Scarborough known officially as the Scarborough Spa Complex is located in Scarborough’s South Bay and is a venue for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and events on the Yorkshire Coast. Originally built around the source of Scarborough's spa waters, it is currently owned and managed by Scarborough Borough Council.

The complex includes:

·                    The Spa Grand Hall which seats nearly 2,000 and hosts live entertainment including the Scarborough Spa Orchestra.

·                    The Spa Theatre which is a 600 seat Victorian Theatre and is home to Summer Season Shows and Christmas Pantomimes.

·                    The Spa Ocean Room, used for dances, conferences and other events

In the 17th century Scarborough Spa waters were discovered by Mrs Thomasin Farrer, the wife of one of Scarborough’s leading citizens, John Farrer. She found natural spring water bubbling out beneath the cliff to the south of the town. These waters, which stained the rocks a russet colour, tasted slightly bitter and were said to cure minor ailments. She told her friends and neighbours about the medicinal effects and soon drinking the Spa waters became an accepted medicine. Later thousands of visitors flocked to benefit from their supposed medicinal qualities. The southern part of Scarborough became very popular. The pre-cursor to the present Scarborough Spa building became a fashionable attraction. The Spa water was declared unfit for human consumption in the 1930s and the spa tap room was sealed off.

St Nicholas Cliff Lift Scarborough

The St Nicholas Cliff Lift was built by the Medway Safety Lift Company Ltd in 1929 and opened on 5 August. The Saint Nicholas Cliff Lift is located on the other side of the Grand Hotel from the Central Tramway, near the Aquarium. The track is 31 m long on a 1 in 1.33 gradient, the track width is 2,286 mm.

There originally was no bottom station, passengers stepped into the tramcars directly from the pavement as the control equipment was incorporated in the upper station and no station was provided at the bottom of the lift. Fares are paid at the top station.

The lift was closed in February 2007 as the town council could not afford the £445,000 it was estimated needed to be spent to meet new health and safety standards. In early 2011 it was announced that the still closed lift may be sold by the town council, as it does not have the £630,000 that the repairs are now estimated to cost.