Thursday, 31 May 2012

Brontes Church, Haworth

St Michael's and All Angels' Church is at the very heart of Haworth village. Patrick Bronte took up a position here in 1815, and it was while living at the adjacent parsonage that his daughters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote their novels.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Haworth Railway Station

Haworth railway station opened in 1867 along with the rest of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, and closed in 1962. It re-opened with the preservation of the line in 1968 and now serves as the headquarters of the railway. The former goods shed in the railway yard has been expanded into the locomotive shed for the railway providing facilities for the storage, maintenance and overhaul of the locomotives on the line.

The line frequently operates steam trains, but the day I was there they were having a Diesel Gala Day.  

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Haworth - a steep village

We had a nice run out to Haworth recently, and for once the place was not overrun by visitors. For those not familiar with Haworth, I can assure you it sure is a steep place.
At the top you have the Church and Parsonage made famous by the Brontes. Then you have  the cobbled Main Street that drops steeply to Haworth Old Hall and Central Park.
From there you drop down another steep road to the railway station.

With this photograph taken from the top of Main St, I have tried to show how steep the drop is.


Monday, 28 May 2012

U Boat in Leeds

Hot on the heels of the elephant, I had another suprise  a U boat moored in Clarence Dock. I did not have time to go aboard but I did manage a quick picture.
 U-8047 U-boat was launched on Leeds Liverpool Canal, at Botany Bay Chorley in October 2010, arriving at Clarence Dock in August 2011.It is the brainchild of Captain Williams.
Next time I will make sure I have time to go aboard and find more about it.


Leeds Elephant

There I was enjoying the sunshine as I strolled down The Briggate heading towards Clarence Dock when I glanced up a side street and this is what I saw. Fortunately I had my camera with me so I was able to record the moment.

I guess it is used to adverise the circus thats performing in the Leed area

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Leeds Skyline

This a view of  Leeds taken from the top floor of The Royal Armouries. As you see the waterfront has seen a lot of new buildings. The Armouries itself was built in 1996 and the Centenary Footbridge in 1992. This was the first bridge to built over the River Aire in Leeds city centre for over 100 years.
The lock is a popular area for people to relax when the sun pays us a visit     

Saturday, 26 May 2012

All the fun of the fair

We are now in funfair season. There was one recently in Baildon just outside Roberts Park and there are posters wherever you go advertising them.
Personally I do n't enjoy the rides, my feet stay firmly on the ground. However lots do, and I love trying to catch this on camera.
Here is one I took from a festival in Stockton on Tees a few years ago

Friday, 25 May 2012

Leeds Overworlds & Underworlds 4

These were musicians shivering in the unusually cold May weather before they performed on the instruments made out of household items and scrap metal. Unfortunbately we had to go before we had chance to see them playing them

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Leeds Overworlds & Underworlds 3

This atmospheric scene was in one of the Dark Arches. Unfortunately when two actors did a performance here the crowds watching made taking photographs an impossiblity.


Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Leeds Overworlds & Underworlds 2

The majority of the events at Leeds Overworlds & Underworlds events took place in The Dark Arches. This was an area of Leeds I had never been to, and I found it fascinating. How the Dark Arches come to be is fascinating too.

  In 1864 it was proposed to build "New Station" in Leeds. Construction began in 1866 and the station was completed in 1869. The new station was built on arches which span the River Aire, Neville Street and Swinegate. The building of the station led to the creation of the 'Dark Arches' over Neville Street. Over 18 million bricks were used during their construction, breaking records at the time. Although the arches appear to be part of one single structure, closer inspection reveals that it is a series of independent viaducts two or four tracks wide. The station is situated next to the terminus of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, but as the station is raised high above ground level it is possible to gain access to the Dark Arches from the towpath.

These two photographs show lights reflecting on barbed wire within the Dark Arches.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Leeds Overworlds & Underworlds 2

Street theatre was a big part of  Leeds Overworlds & Underworlds. Here is a very tall gentleman, dressed in steam punk style, posing with three teenagers. They all liked to pose, no sign of being camera shy !


Monday, 21 May 2012

Leeds Overworlds & Underworlds - 1

At the weekend we visited Leeds to see a festival entitled "Overworlds & Underworlds".  It featured sculptures, street theatre and music in the city centre and in the Dark Arches, which are located underneath the railway station.
This sculpture was located in The Briggate and it depicts a monster rising from the underworld. I thought it was quiet catching, but it was not to everyones taste.


Sunday, 20 May 2012

Bolton Abbey - 4

A view from inside the Priory, looking towards the nave window. One can only imagine how manificent it was when it was built.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Bolton Abbey - 3

The Bolton Abbey Estate formerly belonged to the Dukes of Devonshire until a trust was set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire turning it over to the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees to steward. The 12 000 hectare/30 000 acre/120 km². Estate has five areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including Strid Wood, an ancient woodland (mainly oak), which contains the length of the River Wharfe known as The Strid.
The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway currently terminates at Bolton Abbey station one and a half miles/2.5 km from Bolton Priory.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Bolton Abbey - 2

Bolton Abbey is the estate within which is located the ruined 12th-century Augustinian Bolton Priory in North Yorkshire, England. It gives its name to the parish of Bolton Abbey.

The monastery was originally founded at Embsay in 1120. Led by a prior, Bolton Abbey was technically a priory, despite its name. It was founded in 1154 by the Augustinian order, on the banks of the River Wharfe. The land at Bolton, as well as other resources, were given to the order by Lady Alice de Romille of Skipton Castle in 1154. In the early 14th century Scottish raiders caused the temporary abandonment of the site and serious structural damage to the priory.
The nave of the abbey church was in use as a parish church from about 1170 onwards, and survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Building work was still going on at the abbey when the Dissolution of the Monasteries resulted in the termination of the priory in 1539. The east end remains in ruins. A tower, begun in 1520, was left half-standing, and its base was later given a bell-turret and converted into an entrance porch. Most of the remaining church is in the Gothic style of architecture, but more work was done in the Victorian era, including windows by August Pugin.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Bolton Abbey - 1

The first in a series of photographs from a day out at Bolton Abbey.
Three horse riders enjoying a morning stroll outside one of the two cafes near to the bottom car park.

More about Bolton Abbey in the next blog

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Baildon Stocks and Market Cross

Theses stocks and market cross can be found in the centre of Baildon. I have been unable to find any information about them.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Baildon Telephone Box

I like seeing our public telephone boxes, but I wonder how much longer they will be around. When did you last use one?

Monday, 14 May 2012

More from Hall Cliffe Gaden, Baildon

Following on from yesterdays blog here are two fun sculptures in the Hall Cliffe Garden.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Hall Cliffe Community Garden , Baildon

When visting Baildon, you could easily miss a lovely tranquil garden area called Hall Cliffe Community Garden. You turn right at the roundabout in the centre of Baildon, then it is on the left , beyond St John's Church.

The garden plot was a playground for St John's Church School. However, when the school was vacated, the space was left unused and derelict until 2004, when work started to create the Community Garden. The land was made available on a 25 year lease by Bradford Council.

The garden was completed and formally opened in 2005. It was created and is maintained entirely by volunteers from the local community. They also raised all the necessary finance. The garden provides a tranquil oasis and an opportunity for visitors to take a quiet break. They can enjoy the changing seasonal colours and textures created by the variety of planting schemes that the garden has to offer.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Baildon Potted Meat Stick

This momument is refererred to in Baildon as the  'potted meat stick.' It is actually a fountain, and it was  built by Baron Amphlett of Somerset as a memorial to his mother-in-law, Frances Ferrand. lt stands today to the eastern side of Browgate. In 1925 the monument was put at threat when plans were produced to replace in with a bus terminus. In the 1960s the monument was removed and dismantled, however in 1986 the Mechanics Institute raised funds to take it out of storage and restore it.

Friday, 11 May 2012

All Saints Parish Curch, Ilkley

All Saints' is the Parish Church at the crossroads in the centre of Ilkley. It stands on the site of the ancient Roman fort of Olicana, and has been a site of Christian worship for more than 1000 years. The remains of three Saxon crosses which once stood in the churchyard but are now displayed inside the tower form a continuing link with Christians down the ages.

Although parts of the present church date back to Norman times, it was substantially rebuilt in the 1860s and much of the structure and the internal layout dates from that time.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Telephone Wires

As I was walking around the streets of Saltaire following the Arts trail, I looked to the sky and all I could see was telephone wires. The thought struck me that in the age of wireless comunications, we are still reliant on technology that was introduced over 150 years ago.


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Charlestown Cemetery

This lovely tranquil scene is Charlestown Cemetery. It is situated just a few yards from the busy road running through Baildon connecting Shipley with Guiseley. It was lovely walking through the cherry blossom.

The cemetery opened in 1863, it is well kept, but sadly the Chapel stands derelict  

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Sing Your Heart Out

As we followed the Saltaires Art Trail on Saturday  we came across a choir entertaining the crowds. The choir was actually three community choirs from Bradford, namely VoiceMale, Noteworthy Women and Bradford Voices.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Art Students Display

As part of  Saltaire's Art trail, the students at Shipley College in Exhbition Road displayed their work. We were quite impressed by the standard of the work, but sadly few people were there to see it.
I especially liked the "clock man" as in my photographs below.


Sunday, 6 May 2012

Makers Fair

As part of the Saltaire Arts Trail, Victoria Hall hosts a Makers Fair over the three days. The fair with over 60 exhibitors certainly drew the crowds.

My photograph shows a display, set out on the stage, of quality hand made furniture.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Saltaires Art Trail

The Saltaire Arts Trail is a community arts event held in the UNESCO World Heritage Village of Saltaire, West Yorkshire. It is run by Saltaire Inspired, a not-for profit organisation run almost entirely by volunteers. Our aim is to support the visual arts in and around Saltaire, celebrating the village’s rich heritage, and offering opportunities to both emerging and established artists. We want to demonstrate the value of creativity through education and to engage the diverse communities within Bradford, making the visual arts accessible to all.
It runs from the 5th to 7th of May and is popular with locals and vistors

A major part of the Arts Trail is Open Houses. This is where residents open their houses to the public and allow artists to display their works.
Below is a photograph of an artist's work as displayed in the garden of a house in Albert Road. I belive the artist is Dave Starley  

Friday, 4 May 2012

Westborough Methodist Church Scarborough

Westborough is one of 11 Methodist Churches in the Scarborough area.

By the late 1850's Wesleyan Methodists in Scarborough were so numerous that there was a waiting list to 'rent a pew' in the Centenary Chapel in Queen Street. So, they felt it necessary to provide further accommodation for the 'congregations wishing to worship.

Henry Fowler, a ship owner and an ardent Wesleyan offered the Trustees an ideal bit of land, near the Railway Station in Falsgrave Walk (Westborough) and they bought it for £500. Within a week £1,900.00 had been subscribed towards an estimated cost of £5,500.00 for the new chapel.

A competition was launched to which architects were invited to submit plans for the new chapel which was to cost about £5,500.00 - the actual cost was £7,500! Thirty three architects entered the competition and eventually the plans submitted by William B Stewart were chosen.

Named Westborough Wesleyan Chapel, the new building had its foundation stone laid (probably at the building's north-east corner) on Friday 16th November 1860. As was customary at the time, a Mr George Ireland, a Trustee and Chapel Steward had deposited a large sealed bottle under the stone. It contained current coins and a variety of documents including a list of the principal subscribers, the Circuit Plan and the stations of the Conference.

Designed in the Italian style with a 76 feet frontage on to Falsgrave Walk and 100 feet depth it was build by local firms. Best quality Whitby stone was used for the front and two side walls and local red bricks for its curved rear wall. Internally, the chapel had white and gold decor. The heart of the chapel was the elaborate pulpit with two preaching levels, with steps up to a higher level. Painted white, it was affectionately known as 'the wedding cake'!

Finally on the 4th April 1862 the chapel was opened for worship by the Rev John Rattenbury, President of the Wesleyan Conference. It is strange to note that the chapel was not actually registered with the authorities for public worship until 5th July 1868, and a few days later, on 20th July it was registered for solemnisation of marriages. A new and splendid two manual organ with 20 stops, built by Mr Nicholson of Walsall was in place in the circular end of the gallery for the opening services.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Judges Lodgings Lancaster

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.

I can find no information on the cross in front of the building

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Mans Best Friend

Two ladies and their dogs enjoying a bracing walk on the beach at Scarborough.


Did you ever ride on a donkey when you were young, I did !
Donkey rides on the beach were one of the attractions when you visited the seaside resorts.
Here at Blackpool they are still going strong.
You can see here Tommy and a herd of donkeys walking along the promenade at Blackpool