Friday, 31 August 2012

JB Priestley - Bradford

John Boynton Priestley, OM (13 September 1894 – 14 August 1984), known as J. B. Priestley, was an English novelist, playwright and broadcaster. He published 26 novels, notably The Good Companions (1929), as well as numerous dramas such as An Inspector Calls (1945). His output included literary and social criticism.

Priestley was born at 34 Mannheim Road, Manningham, which he described as an "ultra-respectable" suburb of Bradford. His father was a headmaster. His mother died when he was just two years old and his father remarried four years later. Priestley was educated at Belle Vue Grammar School, which he left at sixteen to work as a junior clerk at Helm & Co., a wool firm in the Swan Arcade. During his years at Helm & Co. (1910–1914), he started writing at night and had articles published in local and London newspapers. He was to draw on memories of Bradford in many of the works he wrote after he had moved south, including Bright Day and When We Are Married. As an old man he deplored the destruction by developers of Victorian buildings in Bradford such as the Swan Arcade, where he had his first job.
Priestley served during the First World War in the 10th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington's Regiment. He was wounded in 1916 by mortar fire. In his autobiography, Margin Released he is fiercely critical of the British Army and in particular of the officer class

Situated on Princes Way outside the National Media Museum

Sculptor - Ian Judd
Unveiled by Jacquetta Hawkes (his widow) on 31st October 1986
The bronze figure is mounted on a granite plinth with a bronze plaque that contains a quation from his book Bright Day. This describes a fictional city called "Bruddersford" which was based on Bradford

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Manor House - Ilkley

Situated within the beautiful surroundings of the Wharfe Valley, one of Ilkley's oldest buildings, the Manor House, has been converted into an attractive museum and art gallery. On the ground floor visitors are given a glimpse into Ilkley's past while the first floor galleries provide the venue for a regularly changing programme of temporary exhibitions.
While being a major exhibit in itself, the Manor House also stands on the remains of the Roman fort of Olicana. Only a short section of defensive wall remains exposed at the back of the building, but Roman artefacts from the fort and surrounding area are on permanent display inside the Manor House, together with prehistoric artefacts and information about the development of Ilkley as a Victorian spa town.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

River Tyne

The River Tyne, from Newcastle to Tynemouth where it flows into the North Sea, was one of the worlds most important centres of shipbuilding. Sadly most of this is now gone, and the river often seems a desolate place.

Big River - by Jimmy Nail

Walking on cobbled stones, little bits of skin and bone
Jumping on the tram car for a ride
I can remember then, I was just a boy of ten
Hanging around the old keyside
Now all the capstans and the cargo boats
And stevadores are gone
To where all the old ships go
But memories just like the seas live on

'Cause that was when coal was king,
The river a living thing
And I was just a boy, but it was mine,
The coaly tyne

This was a big river,
I want you all to know that I was proud
This was a big river, but that was long ago,
That's not now, that's not now

My father was a working man,
He earned our living with his hands
He had to cross the river every day
He picked up a union card out of the neptune yard
Mouths to feed and the bills to pay
Then came a time for him to sail across the seas
And far away
Finally when that war was won
You brought him home and home he stayed
And when his days were done, under a golden sun
You took him back to where he longed to be,
Back to the sea

For this was a big river,
I want you all to know that I was proud
This was a big river, but that was long ago,
That's not now

That's not how

That's not now

The neptune was the last to go,
I heard it on my radio
And then they played the latest number one
But what do they do all day?
And what are they supposed to say?
What does a father tell his son?
If you you believe that there's a bond between our future
And our past
Try to hold on to what we had,
We build them strong, we built to last

'Cause this is a mighty town,
Built upon solid ground
And everything they've tried so hard to kill,
We will rebuild

For this was a big river
I want you all to know that I'm so very proud
This was a big river, but that was long ago,
That's not now
And this is a big, big, river,
And in my heart I know it will rise again
The river will rise again

Monday, 27 August 2012

Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle is an historic town in Teesdale, County Durham. It is named after the castle around which it grew up. It sits on the north side of the River Tees, opposite Startforth and 21 miles southwest of the county town of Durham. The Bowes Museum is located in the town. Nearby towns include Bishop Auckland to the north-east, Darlington to the east and Richmond to the south-east.

The remains of the castle are a Grade 1 listed building

Part of Barnard Castle Market Place showing the "Market Cross" or "Butter Market"

Friday, 24 August 2012

Coat Of Arms - Bradford Court

Dieu et mon droit is the motto of the British Monarch in England. It appears on a scroll beneath the shield of the coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The motto refers to the divine right of the Monarch to govern and is said to have first been adopted as the royal motto of England by King Henry V in the 15th century.

This is one of several coat of arms on an old county court building in Manor Row, Bradford. The building itself is quiet plain but the coats of arms really stand out. 

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Bradford Urban Garden

Bradford Urban Garden

Bradford Urban Garden (or BUG) is a temporary, landscaped space on the site of the proposed Broadway retail development. The 11,000 sq ft park contains grassed areas, wild flower meadows and pathways across the city.
The art murals are actually quite good.


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Classic Cars - Bradford

The oldest car on display was a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. Althougfh I know nothing about cars, I could nor help but  admire the beauty and workmanship of this lovely car.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Bradford Classic Car Show

Here is another car from my youth at the Bradford Classic car show 
The Hillman Avenger was a rear-wheel drive small family car originally manufactured under the Hillman marque by the Rootes Group from 1970–1976, and made by Chrysler Europe from 1976–1981 as the Chrysler Avenger and finally the Talbot Avenger. The Avenger was exported to North America and sold there as the Plymouth Cricket.
The Avenger was initially produced at Rootes' plant in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, England, and later at the company's Linwood facility near Glasgow, Scotland.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Classic Cars Bradford

This morning I went to Bradford to have a look at the Classic Car Show. The website said there were to be over 300 classic cars. Perhaps that was Saturday because this morning there were only about 30 cars in the City Square outside the City Hall. 

Ford Capri was a name used by the Ford Motor Company for three different automobile models. The Ford Consul Capri coupé was produced by Ford of Britain between 1961 and 1964. The Ford Capri coupé was produced by Ford of Europe from 1969 to 1986.

This model was produced in Germany in 1984. It is a limited edition 2 litres sport version.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Thwaite Mills, Leeds

Thwaite Mills is an industrial museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is a fully restored working water-powered mill built in 1823-25, harnessing the power of the River Aire, and claims to be one of the best last remaining examples of a water-powered mill in Britain. It is administered by Leeds City Council. The mill, the manager's house, and three associated buildings are all grade 2 listed buildings.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Griffin Hotel, Leeds

A typically spiky and restless Victorian extravaganza, built c1872, in a Gothic style, red brick and lashings of stone dressings. Instead of the traditional numbers, the clock face is inscribed with the letters "GRIFFINHOTEL", a perfect fit. Along with a number of other impressive buildings on the south side of the street, it was probably designed by Thomas Ambler for John Barran, clothing manufacturer, property speculator, and mayor in 1870-71. Grade II listed.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Greatham Hospital of God

Greatham village is surrounded by giants, to the north and south the towns of Hartlepool, Stockton and Middlesbrough, and to the east huge chemical industries, which provide an iridescent display of lights at night, to the west is the extinct village of Claxton, razed to the ground by Robert de Brus, King of Scotland. The towns and industry provide employment for the people of Greatham.

The Bishop of Durham has owned the village and the surrounding land since the Middle Ages, Bishop Stitchel in 1273 having gained the manor from the Crown. It had been confiscated from Peter de Montford, who had fought against Henry III in defence of the Magna Carta. Bishop Stitchel, who admired Peter de Montford, did not wish to profit from the estate and endowed a charity, the Hospital of God, for elderly priests and poor men. The endowment was the whole of Greatham manor. The present hospital was rebuilt in 1803 during the mastership of William Egerton, later the Duke of Bridgewater. James Wyatt designed the new hospital and was knighted later for his work on Windsor Castle. The hospital is a sheltered home for the brethren, who must be poor and of good character, bachelors or widowers and under 50 years of age. Other housing is provided for retired clergy. In 1973 the 700th anniversary of the hospital, the first of three groups of almshouses were built within the village.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Steam through Saltaire

Another dull Sunday morning for the "Waverley" York to Carlisle excursion passing through Saltaire railway station.
Today is was a LMS "Black Five" steam train No  49932. It was built at Horwich in 1945 and it was withdrawn 31st August 1968. It was designed by William Stanier and it is one of 842 built between 1934 and 1949. There are currently 12 preserved.


Friday, 10 August 2012

County Arcade, Leeds

When shopping in Leeds and you are tired of window shopping then you should look up and admire the marvelous architecture within Leeds City Centre.
This mosaic figure is one of four on the domed ceiling of the County Arcadewhich is situated in the Victoria Quarter.

The Victoria Quarter is an upmarket shopping area in Leeds. It consists of three blocks situated between Briggate and Vicar Lane, comprising County Arcade, Cross Arcade, Queen Victoria Street and King Edward Street.
The development was built around 1900 and designed by the theatre architect Frank Matcham, and originally included the Empire Palace Theatre, whichwas demolished in the 1960s. The exteriors are largely of faience from the Burmantofts Pottery, and the interiors of the arcades contain a number of mosaics and plentiful use of marble. The Quarter was restored in phases between 1990 and 1996, during which a coloured glass roof was erected over Queen Victoria Street.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Victoria Cross Memorial Leeds

I must have walked past this memorial in Victoria Gardens in Leeds close to the Art Gallery before I noticed what was on it.
It lists twelve Victoria Cross holders who were born in Leeds and five who were buried in Leeds


Monday, 6 August 2012

Roberts Park Saltaire

Roberts Park is an assest that Saltaire should be proud of. Given to the people by Sir Titus Salt in 1871. It was restored in 2010 for us all to enjoy. It has wide open spaces for kids to run about, a lovely cricket pitch, a cafe for a drink or a bite to eat and plenty of places to sit and relax.
My photographs show the bandstand in use on a Sunday afternoon, an information board and the first of several boards telling the story of the park.


Sunday, 5 August 2012

Steam train through Saltaire

Today was the third Sunday for the Waverley Steam Excursion from York to Carlisle via Leeds. As for the first two weeks the train was LMS 461115 Scots Guardsman.
Took this shot as she sped through Saltaire.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Grass Roots Cycling

Other the last few days I have marvelled at the sucess of our cycling team at the London Olympics. Here are a few kids enjoying their cycling at the recent Bike Fest in Saltaire's Roberts Park.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Leeds Statue

Leeds entered into a twin town arrangement with Dortmund in Germany in 1970. Ten years later this statue was donated to Leeds by the city of Dortmund.

It was sculpted by Arthur Schulze-Engels and is a copy of a statue that stands outside the Altien Brewery in Dortmund. It shows a portly drayman carrying a barrel of beer.

Dortmund has always been famous for its beer and the large number of breweries in the town so I guess the statue is an appropriate gift.

It stands in a small plaza outside St. John’s shopping centre and when it was placed the name of the area was changed to be Dortmund Square. It acts as a focus point to the square and is used by locals as a convenient meeting point.

The plaque on the statue reads...

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Seen better days

Whilst our canals are full of lovely colourful narrow boats, you do see the odd wreck.
Saw this on the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Shipley.
I hope its owner manages to restore it.