Sunday, 30 September 2012

Leeds -Liverpool Canal - Derlict Warehouse at Shipley

Unlike most other canals the coming of the railways did not mean the death of the canal. For many years the canal competed successfully with the railways.
Trade continued on the canal until as late as the 1980s. Coal was shipped to the power station in Wigan until 1972 and corn to Ainscough's Mill in Burscough until 1960. The last horse drawn barge was 'Parbold' (1960). The especially cold winters in the early 1960s was thought to have finished off commercial use of the main line of the canal, however a load of timber passed over the full length in 1965, from Liverpool to Leeds.
 Freight returned in 1973 (coal from Castleford to Skipton), plus various other odd cargoes, then grain was carried between Liverpool and Manchester from 1974 for some years, plus a few loads across the summit - the last being 30 tonnes of herring meal on short boat 'Weaver', from Selby to Manchester (September 1978). The last intensive use of the canal for freight was carriage of effluent from Esholt to Leeds (Knostrop) between May 1978 and December 1979, and aggregate from Trent wharves to Shipley - this ceased in 1982.

My photograph shows a derlict warehouse between Shipley and Saltaire. It was built in the 1930's and I believe still in use in the 1970's. It is a magnificent building, I hope one day it can be restored and put to some good use.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Mult-Story Water Shipley

Multi-Story Water is an interactive research project that, during 2012, has been exploring people’s relationships with the waterways in the Shipley-Baildon area.
On the weekend of September 21st-23rd, there were three, inter-locking theatrical tours around the River Aire and Leeds-Liverpool canal, based on the ideas and stories we’ve gathered.

GREEN ROUTE: Weir to Weir
A riverside journey west from Roberts Park to Hirst Wood, along the grassy flood plain next to the Higher Coach Road estate – miraculously built on marshland in the 1950s!
Starting point: Park Lodge in Roberts Park, Saltaire.

BLUE ROUTE: Lock to Wharf
Take a step back in time with a barge journey on the canal — travelling through Hirst Lock, past Salts Mill, and over Bradford Beck! Can the canal’s history inform its future?
Starting point: Hirst Lock, at the end of Hirst Lane (starting from close to the point where Green Route ends).

RED ROUTE: Mill to Mill
From Shipley Wharf (where Blue Route ends) and back to the Aire, we weave our way through the post-industrial landscape of Shipley, recalling mill closures, bank crashes, and flood mayhem!

We did the Blue Route and were entertained and educated in equal measure. Our guide, Steve Bottoms, gave us an interesting insight into the history of the waterways. While Eddie Lawler sang a few songs which delightfully captured the mood of the waterways.

Blue Route finished - people gathering at the start of the Red Route 


Thursday, 27 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Fruit Carving

Inside the Aagrah food tent in Roberts Park, there were cookery masterclasses throughout Saturday and Sunday. We saw a chef from The Dragon Thai Restaurant cook a Thai Chicken Gree Curry.
We also watched her skillfully use a knife, to turn a melon into a lovely flower.


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Saltaire festival - history trail

For the ten days of the festival, 44 shops in Saltaire displayed their history in the window. This is based on Roger Clarke's "A Penny For Going". I followed the trail and found it fascinating and I would highly recommend the book.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Street Theatre

As people crossed over the foot bridge into Roberts Park, they were entertained by two Aussie sounding guys. They were dressed as life guards and were highly amusing as they made banter with the passing crowd. 

Monday, 24 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Classic Cars

On the final day of the Festival, there was a small but intetesting collection of classic cars on the promenade in Roberts Park. The event was organised by The Yorkshire Rover Club and it drew the crowds.
Getting a shot without people in the frame was not easy.

"Bubble" car 

Morris Minor

Rolls Royce


Sunday, 23 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Music Everywhere

Music plays a big part in the Saltaire Festival. In addition to the bandstand and the stage, you can find people playing whether you go. The photographs below show a few that I came across.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Music

For two days the car park in Caroline Street is turned into a mini music festival. This year the Plazza Stage saw fourteen acts from midday through to 830pm on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September.
We saw three varied acts, which I was impressed with, despite the sound system not being the best. The Saturday sunshine attracted the crowds.

This is much better than being a carpark

Twelve Bars From Bars - mellow jazz ballads

Do Miss America - Bradord's answer to Americana 

Klonk - played music from the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East 

Friday, 21 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Sculptures in the Park

These two larger than life sculptures dominated the promenade in Roberts Park.
They were built by artists Ali Allen and Marisse Rose. One is a golden Chinese Temple Lion, and the other is the winged horse Pegasus.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Hippo fun

When walking through Roberts Park at festival time you may come across unusual items of interest.
This hippo was taking rest as her owner entertained the kids who looked in amazement.


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Food Stalls

In addition to the craft stalls in Exhibition Road, there was also an array of food stalls to tempt your taste buds. My photograph shows three of them, selling spices, sweets and cakes.

My wife bought one of the cakes, very nice it was too.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Craft Stalls

For three days ( Friday to Sunday) Exhibtion Road in Saltaire is closed to traffic and it is taken over by stalls selling a variety of products.
I found the carft stalls interesting. My photographs show giraffes and elephants made from from recycled tin cans, cute Robins carved in wood and attractive lamp shades.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Fairground

The fairground just outside Roberts Park, on the way to Shipley Glen,  had rides for the tiny tots and those not so young.
The fair is run by Marshall Amusements, a family run business that has been operating for seven generations.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Steampunk Gathering

These two lovely ladies, and a gentleman in the background, were part of the Steampunk gathering at the Saltaire Festival yesterday.
Their attire was certainly eye catching.

As was this gentleman, in a military uniform.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Saturdays Crowds

The warm weather ensured there vistors flocked to the Festival today. Roberts Park was transformed into a tented village for the Aagrah Food and Drink Festival. Aagrah were one of the main sponsors for this years festival. The elephant in the photograph was placed outside their tent where you could sample their Indian Cuisine and where cookery demonstrations took place.



Thursday, 13 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Circles

Found these knitted cirles in the trees in the grounds of  Saltaire Methodist Church on Saltaire Road. They were advertsing a Circle Dance group that took place in the church hall yesterday.


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Saltaire Fesitival - Art Group

Amateur artists from the Saltaire Art Group have a wonderful display at Saltaire Methodist Church on Saltaire Road.
It is well worth going to.    

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Aire Valley Arts

Shipley College held an interesting and colourful exhibition of works by members of the Aire Valley Arts Group.

Aire Valley Arts is a group of professional and semi-professional artists centered around the Aire Valley of West Yorkshire, in the North of England.

Saltaire - an exploration

The Village 


These two works by Kath Bonson a Sculptural Ceramic Fine Artist


Monday, 10 September 2012

Saltaire Festival Open Gardens

The weekend saw eleven gardens in Saltaire opened for the public to enjoy.
My photograph shows the well manacured lawns and naturally planted borders of the Shipley College Garden. The garden provides a creative environment for students to learn the skills needed for a variety horticulture-related careers.


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Saltaire Festival in Roberts Park

Today there were various activities in Roberts Park to entertain the crowds.
The day started with a road relay race organised by Yorkshire Veterans Athletics Association.
In afternoon there was music in the bandstand, a dog show, some drumming and games for children.
Here are a few photographs of the activities.

Veterans running through the park 

Den Miller - Keighley baseed singer song writer

Registering for the dog show

A Dog putting on a show

Victorian Games for children
As well as being part of the Saltaire Festival the music was part of the The Bandstand Marathon. Up and down the country music has been played  throughout the afternoon to mark the end The Olympic & Paralympic games.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Saltaire Festival - Morris Dancing

The Tenth Saltaire Festival is now well and truly underway. Today three groups of Morris dancers entertained as they danced around the village.

Wharfedale Wayzgoose  Otley based

Rainbow Morris - Saltaire based dance group

Persephone Bradford Ladies Morris


Thursday, 6 September 2012

John Smiths Jams Shipley

Most of us associate the name John Smiths with beer however in Shipley it is associated with jam.
In the foreground of yesterdays photograph was a tall brick chimney. Light coloured bricks on the chimney show "John Smiths Jams Shipley". The location is in Windhill near Old Thackley Road.
At the time of writing I have not found any information about the company.