Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Canal Art - Shipley

This makes a nice change from mindless graffiti. This artwork is under a bridge that carries the Shipley - Esholt road over the Leeds Liverpool Canal

Sunday, 29 July 2012

More Steam at Shipley

Today was the second Sunday for the Waverley Steam Excursion from York to Carlisle through Shipley. As the first week  it was LMS 461115 Scots Guardsman.
Took this shot as she was starting to pull away from Shipley.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Saturday afternoon cricket

Took these shots at Salts Cricket Club, situated a short walk from Victoria Road, Saltaire, along the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Shipley Providence 2nd XI were batting against Wibsey ParK Chapel in Dales Council League Division D.

Friday, 27 July 2012

On your marks....ready......steady....go

With the official opening of the Olympics only a few hours away I thought I would show the true spirit of sport with this photograph of veteran runners in Robets Park.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Shipley Providence Cricket Club

This delightful cricket club is situated behind the Salts Sports Club which is 400 yds along the canal from the bottom of Victoria Road in Saltaire
Shipley Providence Cricket Club was formed in 1932, playing friendly matches against other local Methodist church teams.
In 1947, they entered two teams into the Bradford Mutual Cricket League. Then in 1998, they moved the two teams into the Dales Council League where they have played ever since.
Salts Cricket Club went into decline in 2003 and finally folded in 2005.
Cricket was not played again until 2007 at which time Shipley Providence Cricket Club took over the cricket pavilion and ground on a shared basis with Shipley Juniors Football Club.
A lot of money was spent bringing the pavilion up to date both inside and out and it now serves as a communal area for bowls, cricket and the junior football section.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Harold Wilson Sculpture Huddersfield

This magnificent bronze scuplture of former Prime Minster Harold Wilson was unveiled in 1999 by Tony Blair. It is situated outside Huddersfield Railway Station.in St Georges Square.
The eight foot tall statue shows Lord Wilson without his trademark pipe at the request of his wife, Lady Wilson
Lord Wilson was born in Huddersfield in 1916 and he died in 1995. He was Prime Minister from 1964 to 1970 and from 1974 to 1976.


Monday, 23 July 2012

Ice Cream Queue - Saltaire

The sun brought the crowds in Saltaire over the weekend. Here you can see people in a queue for an ice cream from a boat moored on The Leeds Liverpool Canal
Many locals complain about the ice cream boat. However I can see nothing wrong with it. It does not take trade off any other business in the area. It fits nicely into the gap between the Half Moon Cafe in Roberts Park and the shops  in Victoria Road.


Sunday, 22 July 2012

Steam at Shipley

From now until mid September there will be a steam train stopping at Shipley and running through Saltaire every Sunday morning.

The service is called "The Waverley" and it runs from York to Carlisle via Leeds. It is scheduled to   arrive at Shipley at 10.04 am on the outward journey and at 19.23 on the return journey. You will need to be patient sometimes as arriving on time can be a problem for steam trains.

The excursions are organised by the Railway Touring Company, more details can be found at  http://www.railwaytouring.net/

Todays train was 46115 Scots Guardsman and fortunately for me and the posse of photographers  it was only 5 mintes late arriving in Shipley.

6115 (later 46115)  was built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow. It was named Scots Guardsman in 1928 after the Scots Guards. After receiving smoke deflectors, it starred in the 1936 film Night Mail.
6115 was rebuilt in 1947 with a new tapered type 2A boiler, and was painted in LMS 1946-style black livery. It was the first of the rebuilt engines to receive smoke deflectors and the only one to run with them as an LMS engine. It was renumbered 46115 by British Railways in 1948 and was withdrawn in 1965.
Scots Guardsman is one of two preserved Royal Scots, the other being LMS Royal Scot Class 6100 Royal Scot.
46115 was purchased by the West Coast Railway Company and, in 2008, was restored to main-line running status.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Get me to the church on time

This lovely old bus was outside Saltaires United Reform Church. It is a fun way to transport guests to a wedding. The bus is a AEC Regent V built in 1967 for St Helens Corporation in Lancashire. It is one of several old buses that can be hired from The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Canal Reflection

I never tire of watery reflections. This example is between Saltaire and Shipley with the back end of the large Salts Mill building


Thursday, 19 July 2012

Queens Visit to Saltaire

Sadly I was working when the Queen visited Saltaire today. This was the scene at 7.00 am, 6 hours before the Queen was due. The first photograph shows Victoria Road cleared of cars. The second shows the boarding over a strip of blue carpet that had been laid outside the entrance of Pace, a manufacturing company based in Saltaire. 

These two photographs are a first for me, they were taken with my phone. They be the last....lol, I prefer a camera !!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Monday, 16 July 2012

Fountain at Bolton Abbey

This magnificent water fountain can be found at Bolton Abbey. It is a short walk from the main car park heading towards Sandholme car park.

It is a  memorial to Frederick Cavendish and it commands a magnificent view of the ruined priory.
 Frederick Cavendish was a member of the family that owned the Bolton Abbey Estate .

Sunday, 15 July 2012

The Old White Horse Inn Bingley

The Old White Horse Inn in Bingley, West Yorkshire, England, is one of the oldest buildings still in use in the town. It was originally constructed as a coaching inn in the mid-seventeenth century, strategically positioned with Ireland Bridge on the one side and the Parish church on the other. The building is an English Grade II listed building and has a significant amount of coaching inn infrastructure surviving including a stable, barn and two coach entrances which are located around an inner courtyard. On each side of the gable are stone lanterns that denote the former owners Order of Knights of St John of Jerusalem. There is evidence that a hostelry has been on the site since 1379.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Canal, Railway, Road

Not the best photograph, but how often will you see a canal, a railway line and a dual carriageway road in the same shot.
I guess if I had been patient then I might have caught a train and a narrowboat too.
Need to go back later in the day so the sun is not shining into the camera.

The shot was taken at Bingley. You can just see the bottom lock of the three rise locks on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. The railway line and the road runs upto Skipton.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Notice Bingley

I came across this sign outside the Old White Horse Public House in Bingley. With drinking allowed all day now, I found the sign amusing and interesting that it is from only 60 years ago.


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Crown Point Bridge, Leeds

Crown Point BridgeWith the rapid development of the city in the 1820's, and increasing traffic using Leeds Bridge, there was a need for another crossing over the River Aire at the eastern end of the town. In 1840 an Act of Parliament was obtained which allowed the building of a bridge at Crown Point. The architects were George Leather & Son. Of Leeds, who designed a single span bridge, 120ft wide, made of cast iron, with an ornate fretted iron parapet. The iron castings were made by Booth & Co. at the Park iron works in Sheffield, and the stonework was by James Bray of Leeds. The bridge was opened in 1842, and cost £36,000 to build. Crown Point Bridge was originally a toll bridge, but the toll was abolished in 1868. The bridge was widened in 1994.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

Two last photographs from the Pontefract Liquorice Festival.
The first shows a cute Shetland Pony that was part of a small farm set up in the precinct.
The second shows a magician entertaining the kids.


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

There were a variety of stalls at the Pontefract Licquorice Festival and some of the stallholders entertained the crowds in fancy dress.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Pontefract Liquorice Festival - Stilt Walkers

There were a team of stilt walkers mingling with the crowds at the Pontefract Liquorice Festivals. They were certainly not camera shy and they certainly made the children smile.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

In its seventeenth year, the Pontefract Liquorice Festival took place today to celebrate this unusual plant, the many wonderful products created from it and its historic association with the town.
Planned as a great family day out, the day will showcase professional and local talent from around the district, whilst a host of street entertainers delight the crowds with magic and circus skills.
There will be lots of liquorice food and drink to sample and for those that like history and heritage, fascinating talks on the history of liquorice. A range of food, craft and gift stalls will offer quality products from around the region.
Pontefract museum and Pontefract library will host a variety of activities for children and young people throughout the day ensuring that this unique festival has something to offer for every member of the family.
Pontefract is rightly proud to celebrate its association with this famous plant from the Middle East. It may have been brought to Pontefract from the Crusades by a member of the De Lacy family who built Pontefract Castle or perhaps by the Benedictine monks that came to the town in 1090.
However it arrived, its initial importance was as a medicine whose benefits had been known for thousands of years. It is only in the last few hundred years that it was turned into a sweet and it was the famous Pomfet (Pontefract Cake ) or Yorkshire Penny that marked the cross over from medicine to sweet.
By 1885, there were 10 companies producing liquorice sweets in Pontefract. The most famous of these: Wilkinsons – is today part of Tangerine Confectionery, and still producing millions of Pontefract Cakes, each stamped with a seal representing the history and legend of Pontefract.

Liquorice in every colour

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Family History - Coates Montage

An interest of mine is family history. I have traced my family line back to the 1730's. Fro then until present day we have been a family largely residing within the County of Durham.
The photograph shows a few of my ancestors set against a scene from Ferryhill. Our family lived in Ferryhill from the 1860's until 2005.
I believe the scene is the VE celebration in 1945.


I am undertaking a One Name Study of the Coates surname and I have a database of nearly 25,000 records.
If this is of interest, you can always contact me by email at colincoates55@gmail.com 

Friday, 6 July 2012

Brewery Demolition

This is the sad end to a once proud brewery. Tetley have been brewing at this site since 1822.

The brewery was situated on the south banks of the River Aire near Crown Point, Hunslet and Clarence Dock. In 1906 the brewery stood on a fraction of its current site between Brook Street, Hunslet Road (this part now being known as Hunslet Lane), Crown Point Road and Waterloo Street. Many smaller streets in the vicinity have since disappeared under the ever extending brewery. All fermenting took place in stainless steel Yorkshire squares and conical vessels; the slate Yorkshire squares, dating from about the 1880s, were removed in autumn 2008. The closure of the brewery was announced on 5 November 2008. The brewery finally closed its doors on 17 June 2011.[

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Leeds Waterfront Festival - Car display

Walking along the river front away from Clarence Dock I came across these vintage French cars, namely Citreon CV's and Renaults.
I thought the flower box on the car door was a lovely touch

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Leeds Waterfront Festival - Army Vehicles

Close to the dragon boat racing at Clarence Dock there was a small collection of army vehicles and guns. One of which was the Austin K2 Ambulance. It was the most common British ambulance used by all services in the Second World War.

It could hold four people on stretchers or ten people sitting.
Over 1300 were originally built, of which only 34 remain worldwide and only 12 on the road.
This very ambulance was driven by the late actor Sir John Mills.
The markings on the front of the ambulance represent the 30th Corps.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Leeds Waterfront Festival Stilt Walkers

These two stilt walkers had great fun entertaining the crowds. I loved the looks on the childrens faces as they bent down to talk to them.    

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Leeds Waterfront Festival - Dragonboats 2

Another two photographs from the dragonboat racing at Clarence Dock in Leeds. The one photograph shows the effort being put in by one of the crews. The other shows a crew of elder statesmen. They told us that the youngest crew member was 67 and their motto was "There are no losers, only runner ups"