Monday, 30 April 2012

Living Statue

Here at Blackpool, a young couple look in amusement at a living statue.
The statue did not move until young children went close to put some coins in his tin, he then jumped towards them, they loved it

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Public Phone Boxes

The Traditional Red Public Phone Box is becoming a rare sight here in the UK. When did you last use one?
Here in Blackpool you are spoilt for choice. These can be found near to rhe North Shore Promenade, outside the Post Office.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Horse in Blackpool

Continuing the theme of working horses, my photo shows a horse in Blackpool.  The horse drawn carriage is one of the most popular ways to enjoy Blackpools Golden Mile.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Love of Animals

The lady from the Horse Boating Society showing affection for her horse, Bilbo Baggins, before they proceed to tow the narrowboat, The Elland. The lady is dressed as a Victorian boating lady.


Thursday, 26 April 2012

Bilbo Baggins

In this case Bilbo Baggins is the lovely horse that pulled the Elland between Saltaire and Hirst locks then back to Shipley.
Unfortunately due to bad planning on my part I did not get any shots of Bilbo actually pulling the narrow boat.
 The best I can do is seeing him wearing his harness, whilst a lady from The Horse Boating Society gave an interesting talk on horse boating.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Colourful Narrowboat

I love seeing the colourful narrowboats on our canal. My photograph shows the side of The Pearl Barley, one of the narrowboats on show during Saltaires World Heritage Weekend. You will not see a better example of sign writing.


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Horse Drawn Narrow Boat

A major attraction at Saltaires World Heritage Weekend was the Narrow Boat Elland, which is a unique boat as she was built over 150 years to be towed by a horse. She is owned by The Horseboating Society. Here she is moored up along side narrow boat Pearl Barley before the demonstration with the horse.

Monday, 23 April 2012

St Georges Day

Today, 23rd April, is if you do not know St George's Day. Not that you would have noticed. Unlike St Patrick's Day it is not celebrated at all.
 I wanted to show a photograph of the St George's Cross flying from a public building, but in my travel to and from work I could not find one.
Instead I am showing a Union flying from Bradford City Hall I captured a few weeks ago.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Narrowboat Man

Part of the World Heritage weekend was a narrowboat from the Leeds Liverpool Canal Society. They berthed there narrowboat, the Pearl Barley,  where Victoria Road goes over the canal. This fine looking gentleman was the boatman.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Alpacas at Saltaire

As part of Saltaires World Heritage Weekend that started today, there were two Alpacas on show in Roberts Park.
It was of course Alpaca Wool that was the basis of Titus Salts fortune and the making of Saltaire.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Hirst Lock, Saltaire, Leeds & Liverpool Canal

A boat going up in the Hirst Lock, travelling from Saltaire towards Bingley. There were quite a few onlookers enjoying the Spring sunshine.


Thursday, 19 April 2012

Hirst lock, Saltaire

Took this photograph at the end of March as we enjoyed the warm weather. The swing bridge is a few yards beyond hirst Lock, which is a short walk from Saltaire.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Grass Roots Sports - Olympic Hope

With the Olympics now just 100 days away, I hope the lasting legacy of the games will be improvement of all sports at grass roots level.
You can only admire the effort put in by this runner who I captured in Roberts Park last year.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Wooded Footpath Shipley Glen

This is the footpaph that runs up the side of the Shipley Glen Tramway. It is steep in places, and when the tramway is running some use it to avoid the steep climb.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Shipley Glen Tramway

Todays photograph is not a photograph taken by me, instead it is a photograph of me. It was taken as I started work at The Shipley Glen Tramway. I am one of a handful of volunteeers who help keep this ride open.
Full details of the tramway can be found at


Sunday, 15 April 2012

Baildon Woods

Took this photograph when walking through Trench Wood , close to Shipley Glen. The summit consists of  a rocky outcrop. The summit is opposite Bracken Hall Countryside centre  

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Abandoned Dodgems Shipley Glen

At the top of the Shoipley Glen tramway there was a small fairground, including dodgems. The fairground closed in 2005, but I believe the dodgems closed in 1995.
As you see the dodgems are still there rotting away 

Friday, 13 April 2012


As I wander round churches and their grounds, I am appalled at the damaged caused by vandalism. It refelects poorly on our society.
Here is a typical example from the grounds of Lancaster Priory

Thursday, 12 April 2012

View of Lancaster Folly

I took this photograph from the grounds of Lancaster Priory. In the distance you can see the domed building is the Ashton Memorial, one of England's greatest follies.

The Ashton Memorial is a folly in Williamson Park, Lancaster, England built between 1907 and 1909 by millionaire industrialist Baron Ashton in memory of his second wife, Jessy, at a cost of over £80,000 (£4,588,000 in today's money). At around 150 feet tall, it dominates the Lancaster skyline and is visible for many miles around. It also offers spectacular views of the surrounding area including Morecambe Bay. The building is in the Edwardian Baroque style and was designed by John Belcher. It has been described as "England's grandest folly" and the "Taj Mahal of the North" but simply as "The Structure" by local people. The dome is externally of copper, the main stone used is Portland stone although the steps are of hard wearing granite from Cornwall. Externally around the dome are sculptures representing "Commerce", "Science", "Industry" and "Art" by Herbert Hampton. The interior of the dome has allegorical paintings of "Commerce", "Art" and "History" by George Murray. The floor is of white, black and red marbles.
Today, the memorial serves as an exhibition space on the upper floor and a venue for concerts and weddings.
Damaged by fire in 1962, in 1981 the memorial was closed for safety reasons, to be reopened after being restored during 1985-7

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Lancaster Railway Station

Originally known as Lancaster Castle Station in order to distinguish it from the first Lancaster Station (1840–1849), Lancaster station was officially opened on 21 September 1846. The first public service ran into the station on 17 December the same year. The station was built as the southern terminus of the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway after the initial planned route for the line - following the Lancaster Canal and crossing the River Lune from Ladies Walk to Skerton - was changed in favour of a cheaper route west of the city.
The station was remodelled in 1902 when additional lines and platforms were added and further station buildings constructed. The new buildings were styled mock-Elizabethan with the intention of mirroring the battlements of the nearby Lancaster Castle. Platforms 5 and 6 were electrified in 1908 to serve the now-closed Midland Railway route to Morecambe and Heysham. This line closed in January 1966 and the overhead line equipment was removed.
The track layout in the station area was rationalised in 1973 when control of the signalling was transferred to the new Preston Power Signal Box. This included the removal of the track from Platform 6, although this platform had seen no regular use for some time prior to this. The West Coast Main Line through Lancaster was electrified in 1974, and regular electric passenger services recommenced at the station 7 May 1974.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Quaker Meeting House Lancaster

Quakers have worshipped on this site since 1677, with the current building dating from 1708. It was restored to its full glory in 1969. In the porch you will find the tombstone of Lancaster’s first Quaker, John Lawson, who was converted by George Fox in 1652. Today the gardens are open all day for anyone to enjoy.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Lancaster Town House

Built in the centre of Lancaster against the backdrop of Lancaster Castle and Lancaster Priory this elegant, Grade I listed building is Lancaster's oldest town house. The house was originally home to Thomas Covell, Keeper of Lancaster Castle and notorious witch hunter. Between 1776 and 1975 the house became an impressive residence for judges visiting the Assize Court at nearby Lancaster Castle.
The museum is now home to a renowned collection of Gillow furniture which is displayed in fabulous Regency period room settings, fine art and also the enchanting Museum of Childhood which explores toys and games from the 18th century to the present.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Lancaster Priory, formerly St Mary's Church, Lancaster, is the parish church of the city of Lancaster, Lancashire, England. It is located near Lancaster Castle and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. It is an active Anglican church in the deanery of Lancaster, the archdeaconry of Lancaster and the diocese of Blackburn.

It is likely that a Roman church was on the site around 200. In 1912 excavations revealed a wall beneath the present chancel area which may be from this time. It is known that a church existed on the site from 630, and a small Saxon doorway has been exposed in the west wall of the present nave.

In 1094 Roger de Poitou established a Benedictine priory, dedicated to St Mary, as a cell of the Abbey of Saint Martin of Sées in Normandy, France. Around 1360 the nave was widened to about 49 feet (15 m). In 1431 the church was transferred from Sées to Syon Abbey near London, and following this there was a major reconstruction in Perpendicular style.

 In 1539 the monastic institution was abolished by Henry VIII and the following year the priory became a parish church. In 1753 the bells were removed from the tower because it was dangerous. Henry Sephton was commissioned to demolish and rebuild the tower.

In 1870 Paley and Austin carried out work on the chancel, and in 1882 they added a vestry and organ chamber. In 1872 the old organ had been replaced by a new one in the north aisle.

 In 1887 a peal of new bells, donated by James Williamson, was rung for the first time and in 1894 a clergy vestry was built adjacent to the choir vestry.

 A south porch designed by Austin and Paley was added in 1903 and in the same year an outer north aisle with a polygonal apse was built. This aisle forms the memorial chapel to the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. In 1922 the organ was rebuilt by Harrison & Harrison of Durham. In 1972 the bells were overhauled and re-hung. The pipe organ was replaced in 1982 by an electronic organ made by J. and J. Makin, and in the same year the choir and clergy vestries were converted into a refectory.[

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Lancaster Castle

On our way to Morecambe we spent a few hours in the historic city of Lancaster. The city is dominated by its castle.
In 79 AD, a Roman fort was built at Lancaster on a hill commanding a crossing over the River Lune. Little is known about Lancaster between the end of the Roman occupation of England in the early 5th century and the Norman Conquest in the late 11th century. The layout of the town was influenced by the Roman fort and the associated civilian settlement; the main road through the town was the route that led east from the fort. After the Norman Conquest in the second half of the 11th century, Lancaster was part of the Earldom of Northumbria; it was claimed by the kings of England and Scotland. In 1092, William II established a permanent border with Scotland further north by capturing Carlisle. It is generally thought that Lancaster Castle was founded in the 1090s, on the site of the Roman fort in a strategic location. The castle is the oldest standing building in Lancaster, and one of the most important.

It ceased being a prison in March 2011

Friday, 6 April 2012

Morecambe Bay

Another view of Morcambe Bay, looking North towards The Lake District

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Morecambe Bay at low tide

Morecambe Bay is a large bay in northwest England, nearly due east of the Isle of Man and just to the south of the Lake District National Park. It is the largest expanse of intertidal mudflats and sand in the United Kingdom, covering a total area of 310 km

The rivers Leven, Kent, Keer, Lune and Wyre drain into the Bay, with their various estuaries making a number of peninsulas within the bay, such as Humphrey Head. Much of the land around the bay is reclaimed, forming salt marshes used in agriculture. Morecambe Bay is also an important wildlife site, with abundant bird life and varied marine habitats, and there is a bird observatory at Walney Island.

The bay is also notorious for its quicksand and fast moving tides (it is said that the tide can come in "as fast as a horse can run"). It is particularly infamous due to the ‘2004 Morecambe Bay’ Disaster in which 23 Chinese illegal immigrant cockle pi’kers are believed to have drowned due to the tide

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Morecambe RNLI Hovercraft Station

The new hovercraft station, close to the Midland Hotel, opened in 2009 following a successful appeal to raise £330,000 to provide Morecambe’s rescue hovercraft Hurley Flyer with a purpose-built base on the sea front. It has speeded up launch times and provided the crew with improved maintenance, changing and training facilities.
Part of the station is a shop, unfortunately it was shut, I guess this is due to a lack of volunteers.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Morecambe Birds

There are numerous statues of birds along the promenade and the jetties at Morecambe. This one brought a smile to my face as someone decided to clothe it.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Street Art Morecambe

I found this lovely mural on the gable end of a house in a street close to Morecambe Railway Station. It makes a pleasant change from mindless graffitti 

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Stone Jetty Morecambe

Morecambe Promenade has seen extensive refurbishment over recent years, making it a clean, flat and accessible area perfect for a stroll along the seafront. As part of the refurbishment, the Stone Jetty has been revamped as a public area incorporating public art and games.
The present Stone Jetty is one side of the former harbour, built around 1853. In 1861, a railway line was completed from the Jetty to Hest Bank, where it linked in with the Lancaster to Carlisle line.

Today, the Stone Jetty is a place of public art which has already won the heart of locals and visitors alike. To so many people now, a visit to Morecambe is not complete without a walk down the Stone Jetty - a breathtaking experience during one of the Bay’s famous sunsets. The materials used, the art created, the children's games, the information about the teeming birdlife of the bay, together with the cast iron birds atop the railings and bollards, all express so superbly the links between nature and the bay.