Saturday, 31 March 2012

Eric Morecambe

This is the first in a series of photographs from a day out we had in Morecambe and Lancaster.
Were better to start than the statue of Eric Morecambe. Situated on the promenade in Morecambe, it was unveiled by the Queen in 1999.  It is surrounded by inscriptions of many of his favourite catchphrases and an exhaustive list of guest stars who appeared on the show.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Baildon -steep footpath

Taking advantage of the unusually warm March weather I went for a lovely walk in Baildon Woods. This footpath/bridalway starts at Coach Road In Baildon and finishes after a steep climb at The Old Glen House pub.   

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Films shot in Bradford

Came across this pavement as I walked from Bradford Interchange to Bradford Cineworld . I had no idea so many films had been shot in Bradford

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Aerial Acrobatics

Hanging from a helium balloon, this young lady entertained the crowd assembled on the Mirror pool as part of the opening ceremony for Bradford City Park

Monday, 26 March 2012

Bradford Crowds

Bradford Council could not have asked for better weather for the grand opening of City Park. My photograph tries to capture the mood and the size of the crowd, as they mingled in The Mirror Pool.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Parkour Athletes

To begin the enertainment for the Grand Opening of Bradford's City Park 50 Parkour athletes put on an enegertic display. They performed in the Mirror Pool before water was let in. 

Saturday, 24 March 2012

City Park Bradford - Grand Opening

Today we we went to Bradford for the grand opening of City Park at Bradford.

This photograph is of a street entertainer who was mingling with the crowds and amusing the children.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Bradford City FC Memorial

The Bradford City stadium fire occurred on Saturday 11 May 1985 when a flash fire consumed one side of the Valley Parade football stadium in Bradford, England.

The fire broke out during a football match between Bradford City and Lincoln City, on the day that Bradford City were supposed to have celebrated their winning the Football League Third Division trophy. A total of 56 people died and more than 265 others were injured.




It was unveiled by Lord Mayor Councillor Mohammed Ajeeb and Oberburgermeister of Hamm, Prof. Frau. Sabine Sech, 11th May 1986. Also present Neil Kinnock (then Labour Leader).

Sculptor Joachim Reisner (German, contemporary)

The impact of the disastrous fire at the Bradford CityFootball ground is evident in this memorial and the continuation of fresh flowers surrounding it.

The sculpture depicts three ethereal figures in bronze moving in a broken circle. The broken circle represents the damaged stadium, whilst the figures symbolise the divide between life and death and the rescuers running to offer help. The bronze figures and base are covered in the names of those who lost their lives. The artist said ‘As I cast each letter of each name, I began to realise how enormous had been the damage done by the fire. In some cases the same surname occurred again and again. It was then that I knew how cruel the tragedy had been for those left behind.”

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Seen better days - Shipley

Derelict buildings are attractive in their own way. This one is in Shipley on the Leeds Liverpool Canal

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Centenary Square Bradford

Centenary Square is the heart of Bradford City Centre. With the grade 1 listed Victorian Town Hall providing a stunning backdrop, the Alhambra Theatre and Media Museum both just over the road and galleries, bars and restaurants on the square.
The official opening is on Saturday 24th March.
My photograph shows the fountains with the wine and coffee bars in the background

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Placard Bradford

Have you ever noticed placard carriers never seem to smile. This one I came across in Bradford almost broke into a smile but not quite. The religious quote is from 2 Corinthians 6:2

Monday, 19 March 2012

Bradford City Hall - Statues

One of my favourite buildings in West Yorkshire is Bradford City Hall. I marvel at whenever I walk past it. My photograph shows a statue of George IV.    
There are 35 statues of past monarchs in chronological order on the fa├žade, with Victoria and Elizabeth I on either side of the main entrance. The London firm Farmer & Brindley carved them from Cliffe Wood stone, from the local quarry on Bolton Road, at a cost of £63 each.
 Interestingly, the line of monarchs includes Oliver Cromwell.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Flower Bed Roberts Park Saltaire

Flower beds bringing a touch of colour to Roberts Park in Saltaire on a bright dry sunny Sunday morning.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Wheelchair Tag Rugby League Bradford

Walking through Bradford yesterday we came across an exhibition game of Wheelchair Tag Rugby League organised by the Bradford Bulls. Played in front of the City Hall, a great time was had by both players and spectators  

Friday, 16 March 2012

Plaque St Mary Staindrop

Found this plaque on the wall of St Marys Church in Staindrop. Given the date made me wonder how many of ancestors gazed at this plaque. 

Thursday, 15 March 2012

St Mary's Church Staindrop

Following my blog yesterday showing a family grave in Staindrop made me wonder if my ancestors worshipped in the St Mary's Church. Did any of them handle this door knocker?



There has been a church on the site of St Mary’s for more than 1200 years. The original 8th Century Saxon church was dedicated to St Gregory but has disappeared over the centuries as the fortunes of the parish expanded. It is known that King Canute was in possession of Staindrop and Staindropshire and that he gave these holdings to the newly founded priory at Durham. The Bishop soon took possession himself before they were once again returned to the priory. In 1131 possession of the lands came to Dolphin, son of Uchtred and with the development of the manor and then castle at Raby, the fortunes of the parish and the church were linked to those of Raby and its Castle, which in time meant those of the powerful Neville family.
Following the disastrous Rising of the North, the church and parish suffered some neglect until Sir Henry Vane, an important member of the household of Charles I purchased the the castle and lands from the King in 1626.
With this background the church underwent huge reconstruction throughout the 11th - 14th centuries. The small Saxon building which had already been enlarged gave way to a much larger construction until following the establishment of a College by Ralph Nevill, Earl of Westmoreland in 1408 the church underwent the last of the stages which give us the present building.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Family History

Family History is an interest of mine. I have traced my family back through seven generations to the middle of the 18th century.
This is the gravestone of my 3rd Great Grandparents. they are buried in Staindop, a small village in County Durham.



Staindrop is situated to the east of Barnard Castle, close to Raby Castle the seat of Lord Barnard.

The village has one of the long greens typical of County Durham. The mediaeval church is impressive and contains fine effigies of the Neville family.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Staithes Ravine

A major feature of Staithes is a deep ravine where a stream called Roxby Beck flows.

Here is a photgraph looking down into the ravine

Monday, 12 March 2012

Coin Operated Telescopes

Coin operated telescopes were once a common sight in our seaside resorts. This fine example can be found at Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Fishing Coble at Staithes



The coble is a type of open traditional fishing boat which developed on the North East coast of England

The distinctive shape of the boat — flat-bottomed and high-bowed — arose to cope with the particular conditions prevalent in this area. Flat bottoms allowed launching from and landing upon shallow, sandy beaches; an advantage in this part of the coast where the wide bays and inlets provided little shelter from stormy weather. However, fishermen required high bows to sail in the dangerous North Sea and in particular to launch into the surf and to land on the beaches. The design contains relics of Norse influence, though in the main it shows Dutch origin.

Local boat-builders constructed the clinker-built cobles locally as required, without the use of plans. The craftsmanship on many boats gave them a long working life. They had a reputation as dangerous to sail for an inexperienced crew, but in the hands of experts could move both safely and speedily.

Today[update], surviving cobles generally use diesel engines, removing the need for the distinctively shaped lug sail. In a further concession to comfort, a tarpaulin shelter often covers the bow.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Staithes Harbour Low Tide

Staithes is a seaside village in North Yorkshire, England. Roxby Beck, a stream running through Staithes, is the border between the Borough of Scarborough and Redcar and Cleveland. Formerly one of the largest and most productive fishing centres in England, Staithes is now largely a tourist destination

This photograph shows the sheltered harbour at low tide

Friday, 9 March 2012

Scarborough Beach

A view of Scarboroughs golden sandy beach on a mild dull winters day. Group in the middle are metal detectors on a break.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

View from Baildon Common

A lovely sunny dry morning, great view from Baildon Common, with blue skies and frost still in the ground

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Blue Lamp

In days gone by Police stations always had a Blue Lamp hanging outside them. Nowadays they are quite rare. This one is at Wakefield

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

James Cook Birthplace Museum

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is a free-entry public museum located in Stewart Park in Marton, Middlesbrough within the borough of Middlesbrough and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire

The museum first opened its doors in the setting of the town's Stewart Park in 1978, the 250th anniversary of the birth in the same spot of British naval explorer and circumnavigator Captain James Cook.

A biographical museum, it champions and surveys his life, times and subsequent journeys. Prior to its existence, visitors to the Park had long already been enlightened as to the location's historical significance by the erection by local industrialist and mayor Henry Bolckow of a granite urn in the 1850s bearing Cook's name, within what were then the grounds of his own residence, Marton Hall. Marton Hall was destroyed by fire in 1960 during demolition, with only a surviving stone loggia a telltale sign as to its former existence.

The museum itself comprises some of the modest Cook-related collections outside of the ownership of the major national and international collections; including household items and a speculative reconstruction of the birthplace cottage that was swept away amid the landscaping process for the Marton Lodge, home to the Rudd family, which stood here until 1793. Also on call to the visitor are a series of interactive displays and temporary travelling exhibitions as well as a cafe, gift shop, education suite and resources and archive room.

A second major refurbishment was undertaken in 1998 whereupon Sir David Attenborough reopened it to the public. External to the museum can be found an information board in deference to Marton's position as the starting point for the 'Captain Cook Country Tour', a product of the Cleveland-wide Captain Cook Tourism Association.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Cook Family Gravestone, Great Ayton

This is the gravestone of the parents of James Cook.
Great Ayton is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire on the edge of the North York Moors in England. The name Great Ayton is thought to derive from Ea-tun, tun meaning farm and 'ea' meaning river. According to the 2001 census, it has a population of 4,570.

It is known as the boyhood home of Captain Cook, the British explorer and navigator. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was a centre for the industries of weaving, tanning, brewing and tile making.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Central Methodist Church, Brighouse



The School opened in March 1906 and the Church was opened on 2nd March 1907 by the Lord Mayor of Leeds. It was the home of the New Connexion methodists when they moved from 22 Bethel Street.

The church contains work by Harry Percy Jackson.

On 4th October 1913, a new organ and memorial stained glass windows were unveiled.

There is a bronze tablet in memory of the Methodists of Brighouse who gave their lives in wars and conflicts.

A wooden memorial remembering those who fell in World War I and World War II was moved here from Park Methodist Chapel.

In 19??, the school and the church were combined into one building.

In 1982, the congregations from several local chapels including Lane Head Methodists, Thornhill Briggs Methodist, and Park Chapel, joined that of the Central Methodist Church.

In December 1985, fire destroyed part of the roof, the organ and furnishings. Services were held in the Sunday School whilst the Church was restored

Saturday, 3 March 2012

St Pauls Church Esholt

The church was built in 1839 by William Rookes Crompton-Stansfield for use as a private family chapel. The building, originally without chancel, was not consecrated until 2nd September 1853 by the then Bishop of Ripon the Rt Rev. Charles Thomas Longley (the diocese of Bradford not being created until 1919). The cost of erecting the church was £800.

The chancel was added in 1895 by the three surviving members of the family, the Misses Crompton-Stansfield, the patronesses of the church. It was erected in memory of their father Major General William Henry Crompton-Stansfield and their mother Frances. The architects were Messrs. T.H. & F. Healey of Bradford, and the faculty records that the estimated cost would be £259.

With effect from 1st June 1983 the parish merged with that of Guiseley to become the Parish of Guiseley with Esholt.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Bradford St Peters Cathedral - Clock Tower



The first church on the site was built in Anglo-Saxon times and fell into ruin during the Norman Invasion in 1066. The Norman lady of the manor Alice de Laci built a second church that 300 years later would be destroyed by raiding Scots.

During the 14th century the church was rebuilt and some of the older masonry may have been used in the reconstruction of the nave. The nave arcades, the oldest parts of the present building, were completed in 1458. A clerestory above them was added by the end of the 15th century. Chantry chapels were founded, on the north side of the chancel by the Leventhorpe family, and on the south by the owners of Bolling Hall. The tower in the Perpendicular style was added to the west end and finished in 1508.

Originally in the Diocese of York, the church was in the Diocese of Ripon before becoming a cathedral in 1919, when the Diocese of Bradford was created.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Bradford Sculpture


You come across these just outside Bradford Foster Square station.

Perhaps they are symbolic of the historical curiosity that the railway lines into Bradford approach from the north and from the south, but do not meet in the middle