Saturday, 30 June 2012

Leeds Waterfront Festival - Dragon Boats

The annual Leeds Waterfront Festival started today across various waterfront venues in Leeds. One of the highlights was the Dragonboat racing that took place in Clarence Dock. It was a colourful event, with many crews in fancy dress.
My photographs show two boats paddling like mad at the start of the race and a few crew members in their fancy dress.


Friday, 29 June 2012

Dewsbury Minster

Dewsbury Minster lies near the River Calder, traditionally on the site where Paulinus preached. Parts of the church date to the 13th century. The tower houses "Black Tom", a bell which is rung each Christmas Eve, one toll for each year since Christ's birth, known as the "Devil's Knell", a tradition dating back to the 15th century. The bell was donated by Sir Thomas de Soothill, in penance for murdering a servant boy in a fit of rage. The tradition was commemorated on a Royal Mail postage stamp in 1986.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Seacroft Hospital Clock Tower

Seacroft Hospital is based in York Road in the area of Seacroft, Leeds, and is operated by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The hospital was founded in 1904, originally to care for people with infectious diseases. It celebrated its centenary on 29 September 2004.
By the entrance is a local landmark, a clock tower (Grade II listed building) which is also a water tower,holding 28000 gallons of water.

Took this photograph in a downpour, what a miserable June it has been

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

River Aire Flood

Following the heavy rain this was the River Aire at Saltaire last Saturday. As you can see it has completely covered the footpath that circuits Roberts Park. Fortunately it quickly receded and Saltaire did not have the distress of other places upstream

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Olympic Torch Support

These lovely ladies formed part of the Olympic Torch cavelcade. They were whipping up the crowd from one of a number of support vehicles.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Crowds for The Olympic Torch at Bradford

It was wonderful to see the crowds as Bradford welcomed the Olympic Torch. As the torch approached street entertainers played to the crowd and the police joined in the fun.


Sunday, 24 June 2012

Olympic Torch - Bradford

Today was the day for a once in a lifetime photographic opportunity, with the Olympic torch in our area. We decided to go and see it in Bradford.
We arrived in Bradford 2 hours before it was due, to get a good vantage point. We managed to get a spot outside the Bradford City Hall against a crowd control barrier. By the time it was due the crowd was ten deep behind us. Given the recent weather we have had, it was joy to see the sun even if it was very windy.
The torchbearer was a young swimmer from Allerton called Jamie Brown.

The torch was lit, but you cannot see it because of the bright sunlighr

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Milner Field

These photographs show the remains of Milner Field, a stately home built by Titus Salt Jnr.

Milner Field was built in 1the 1870s and replaced a seventeenth century house of the same name. 'It is a self-contained..modern structure with large Conservatory (containing semi-tropical plants and exotics', Winter Gardens, Greenhouses, well-stocked Gardens,..Lodges, Woodlands..Lake etc.' The interior of the Mansion was panelled in oak, teakwood, mahogany chestnut and cedarwood.
There were two royal visits to Milner Field. The Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra in 1882 and Princess Beatrice and Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1887.
Titus Salt junior died in 1887; his widow remained at Milner Field until 1903 when she sold the estate to Sir James Roberts who lived there until he retired and moved to Scotland. Mr Ernest Gates was the next occupier; unfortunately he died in 1924 and Mr Hollins moved into Milner Field. After his death in 1929 the house was put up for sale but there were no offers for it; the house was eventually demolished in the 1950s.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Hidden Shipley

I wonder how many people that stand on Platform 1 at Shipley railway station know that above them is a old graveyard.
To gain access to it I had to clamber up a grassy bank opposite Kwik Fit in the Briggate.
It is very overgrown and most of the graves are damaged
I could not find any information about it.


Sunday, 17 June 2012

Saltaire Summer Bandstand Concerts

Roberts Park is once again hosting free concerts every Sunday afternoon throughtout the summer.
Taking advantage of the dry weather I took the photograph below, showing a reasonable size audience enjoy a group called  Salsa Como Loco who played Spanish music.

Here are the concerts planned for the rest of the year  - start at 2.30pm

24 June - Fairfax Concert Singers
1 July - Jolly Jivers
8 July - Hot Aire
15 July - Wilsden Band
22 July - Bradford Metropolitan Concert Band
29 July - Bradford Comhaltas
5 August - Broken Hearts Club Band
12 August - GMC Jazz
19 August - Penny and the Sausages
26 August - St Peter’s Singers
2 September - String of Pearls (Choir)
9 September - Bandstand Goes to the Festival (1 to 5pm) with Den Miller, Otra, Bella Gaffney, Roger Davies and Gerry Cooper

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Bradford Bikefest 2012

For the second year running the Bradford Bikefest  took place in Roberts Park, Saltaire. It was a low key affair with not as many events as last year. With the weather not helping, the attendance was rather sparse.
At least the few kids that were there seemed to enjoy it.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Newcastle Sculpture

This amusing scuplture can be found in Newcastle city centre close to the railway station

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Modern Art Bradford

I am not a great lover of modern art as shown in the photograph below. It is situated outside the offices of the travel agents, Thomas Cook, in Bradford. I had no idea what it meant to portray until I read up about it.

It is called Questor and symbolises the cultural progress and adventurous nature of Bradford.
The sculpture weighs 1.25 tonnes and stands 15 feet (6 metres) high and was unveiled on 3rd June 1998
The sculptor is Edinburgh born Keith McCarter , who studied at the Edinburgh College of Art. He made many visits to Bradford over a 10 year period before he created Questor as a monument to Bradford’s future.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Clock in the roof of a building

How often have you seen a  clock in a roof  of a building. This beautiful example is on a beautiful Art Noveau building, called Emerson Chambers. It is a listed building in the centre of Newcastle. It now houses a Waterstone's book store.

Monday, 11 June 2012

St. Peters Church Addingham

St Peter’s is an ancient and living church serving the village of Addingham. Christians have worshipped on this site for over 1100 years. The building, set amid an open field, has a nave roof, arcade and chancel dating from the 15th century with a gallery of 1756.

The clock was made by William Cryer of Carleton near Skipton around 1830.

Addingham (formerly Haddincham c.972, Odingehem 1086) is a village and civil parish in the English county of West Yorkshire. It is situated on the A65, 3 miles (5 km) west of Ilkley, 15 miles (24 km) north west of Bradford and around 17 miles (27 km) north west of Leeds. It is located in the valley of the River Wharfe and is only 3 miles (5 km) from the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The name is thought to mean "homestead associated with a man called Adda", although in the Domesday Book, the village was referred to as "Ediham", which may have referred to Earl Edwin of Bolton Abbey. The 2001 census numbered Addingham's population at 3,599.
Cross Bottom

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Ferryhill Town Hall

This is Ferryhill Town Hall with a war memorial in front. Ferryhill is a former mining village in the County of Durham. It is a few miles south of Durham City.
Ferryhill was the birthplace of my father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Golden Lady Clock and Greys Monument - Newcastle

I like public clocks and up and down the country there are many to be found.
This magnificent example can be found in Newcastle City Centre. It is called The Golden Lady Clock and it is above the Northern Goldmiths Store.
In the background you can see Grey's Monument a Grade I listed monument to Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey. It was  built in 1838 to acclaim Earl Grey for the passing of the Great Reform Act of 1832 and stands at the head of Grey Street. It consists of a statue of Lord Grey standing atop a 130 feet (40 m) high column.


Friday, 8 June 2012

Steam Train at Shipley

This would have been a common site upto the 1960's, a steam train approaching Shipley. Nowadays steam excursions run by private companies are allowed on the national  rail network.
This train was on route from York to Carlisle.

Train  45407 'The Lancashire Fusilier' is a LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 locomotive engine built at Armstrong Whitworth in 1937.
It is one of 18 surviving Black 5's.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Fanny's Ale House

Continuing the pub theme Saltaire has a wonderful pub in the shape of Fanny's Ale House. If real ale is your thing then this is the place to be. It is situated on Saltaire Road between Shipley and Saltaire.


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Old Tram Shed, Saltaire

This is a remarkable photograph. Why remarkable? Well to get a photograph without traffic on the busiest road in Saltaire is remarkable. The pub itself serves an excellent pint of Black Sheep and I am told the food is ok too.
 As you can guess from its name the building was originally a tram shed.
It was opened in August 1904 with 6 tracks housing 30 trams. Also provided were mess-rooms, pits, workshop, offices and later a substation in the basement (installed for trolley bus operation in 1939). From 7th May 1939 until 20th August 1963 depot was used only for trolley buses but was disposed of by the West Yorkshire P T E in 1978 when the new interchange garage was opened.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

What happened to the Diamond Jubilee

I have been totally under whelmed by the Diamond Jubilee.
Sunday was a washout, best we could do was to watch the Thames Boat Pageant on the TV.
Monday our party where we live was cancelled due to the downpour the previous day.
So we went to Bradford instead, no celebrations at all so we ended up going shopping then having a few drinks.
Tuesday I went for a walk around Saltaire and all I could find was a bit of bunting.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Cricket Season again

Once again Roberts Park in Saltaire is graced by cricket. You could not wish for a better setting for a game. Following promotion last year Saltaire are now in the First Division of the Bradford League.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Black Bull, Haworth

The Black Bull is Haworth’s most famous public house, standing in the little cobbled square at the top of the steep main street. It was frequented by Patrick Branwell Bronte (brother of the famous three sisters), where he would drink excessively, until he died of Tuberculosis in 1848, aged 31. The Black Bull itself still houses "Branwell’s Chair" – The famous favourite chair used by Branwell during his many visits to the pub.

The sign below, which is outside the pub, is a puzzle. The year 1883 cannot be correct.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Vintage Haworth

Step back in time on this old bicycle and visit Oh La La Vintage, a shop in Haworth specialising in 1940's and 1950's delights.


Friday, 1 June 2012

Haworth Shop

Rose & Co. Apothecary was created in 1987 in the original druggist’s house and shop in the village of Haworth, Yorkshire. The shop has been restored back to its Victorian splendour.