Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 - wettest year on record

2012 has been the wettest year ever recorded. So I thought it was appropriate to finish the year with a photograph of the swollen river Aire at the weir in Saltaire. This is also appropriate as the weir has been in the news throughout 2012 becausue of the controversial proposed hydro scheme.

Lets hope we have a drier year in 2013 and that the proposed hydro scheme can be defeated.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Mystery Graffiti

We came across this mysterious piece of graffiti on the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool canal in between the NHS building and the Salts Mill building just below Victoria Road in Saltaire. We spotted it on Boxing day, we do not know how long it has been there for.

Any ideas?


Friday, 28 December 2012

Ice Cream Boat at Shipley

The "something" missing from yesterdays photograph is the Ice Cream boat that is normally moored below the bridge that carries Victoria Road over the canal in Saltaire. There are those in Saltaire who think that the boat is an eyesore and should be permantley removed. I am not of that opinion, I think it as an asset and I hope it returns soon.

The boat is currently berthed in Shipley as you can see from this phorograph.


Thursday, 27 December 2012

Boxing Day by the Canal


This was the scene at midday on Boxing Day as people took advantage of the rare dry weather along the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Saltaire. There is something missing from the photograph.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Salt Family Crests - Saltaire

There are two differing family crests adorning the buildings in Saltaire. The first is on the old Dining Hill in Victoria Road by the entance to the railway station. The second can be found on the old Hospital, again on Victoria Road, between Saltaire Road and Bingley Road.


The Latin phrase quid non deo juvante: translates to "What is not possible with God's help?"



Saturday, 22 December 2012

Salts Mill - Saltaire

The size of Salts Mill in Saltaire is impressive. When completed in 1853 it was the largest industrial building in the world by total floor area. It is a grade II* listed building. The mill closed in 1986, with renovation beginning the following year.
This photograph taken on a bright sunny winters morning is from Caroline Street with allotments and the railway line in front of the building.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Victoria Terrace - Saltaire

Situated off Victoria Road in Saltaire, this is the back of cottages that form Victoria Terrace. The   photograph was taken from inside the grounds of  the United Reform Church. The Leeds Liverpool canal is on the other side of the cottages.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Santa and the Cemetery

This morning I paid a visit to the Windhill Methodist Cemetery on Owlett Road in Shipley. I was taking photographs of First World War graves as part of my research into men in the area who died in the Great War. Despite the glorious sunshine I was in a sombre mood,  as I reflected on the many young lives who died without really having a life.
However I saw this shot and it made me chuckle, life goes on as we look forward to another Christmas.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Sketch Effect

Not having Photoshop, I use a free programme called FastStone to manipulate my photographs. Here is a photograph given a sketch effect. It is of my wife looking for a scarf at Otley Christmas Market

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Otley Pubs

Otley has documented history that a market began in 1222 when King Henry III granted the first Royal Charter. The town had two cattle markets, Wharfedale Farmers' Auction Mart on East Chevin Road and the Bridge End Auction Mart which has closed and was subsequently demolished. Market days are Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and there is a Farmers' Market on the last Sunday of every month.
Like most English market towns Otley has a lot of pubs. The latest count is 19. The Black Bull claims to be the oldest.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Sundial - Otley

Otley is well known as the birthplace of the cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale, see my blog by following this link:-

Sam Hartley Chippindale (often spelt wrongly as Chippendale) was born in Otley in 1909. He was a property developer and a great benefactor to Otley and the surrounding area. He died in 1990. In 1993 this sundial was erected in his memory on the bank of the River Wharfe as it flows through Otley.



Saturday, 8 December 2012

Co-op in Otley

This is one of many attractive old buildings in Otley It is now the Westgate Arcade, formerly the Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society Limited.
The Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society (Leeds Co-op) was a British independent co-operative society based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, which merged with United Co-operatives in 2007.
Leeds Co-op was founded in 1847 as a Co-operative Flour Mill Society, workers at Benyon & Co's flax spinning mill raising funds through instalments to acquire some land. By the end of the year it was selling flour cheaply to its members and the price of flour in the Borough of Leeds was lowered considerably

Friday, 7 December 2012

No traffic in Otley

Locals will know that Otley is always a traffic bottleneck. I say always, so how I managed to take this shot without a car in sight is beyond me. It is the junction of Wesgate and Kirkgate, with the Market Place right at the lights. 

On the right you have the Black Horse Hotel. The building dates back to the 17th Century and has been trading as a pub and hotel for over 100 years.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Ward Jackson Park - Hartlepool

Like a lot of public park, Ward Jackson Park in Hartlepool as a small lake. As a child when visting the park I was alway fascinated by the model boats that sailed on the lake. Fifty years I am pleased to say this tradition continues.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Public Parks

Across the UK there are many public parks for all of us to enjoy. This photograph is from Ward Jackson Park, which is in my home town of Hartlepool.

The inscription reads :-

A place of recreation, of amusement and of life and of health.  Where young and old might join together.  Where all might enjoy themselves and  benefit by getting the pure air.


Lets hope we can all enjoy and treasure our parks for years to come.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Movember at work

This was taken on Friday 30th of November at work. The sales office staff joined in on the fun and helped me raise money for the Movember charity. So far I have raised £120. Following the rules I shaved my moustache on the 1st of December.

Monday, 3 December 2012

A Bit of Brass

Yesterday we went to the Victoria Hall in Saltaire to see the switch on of The Christmas Tree lights. Whilst enjoy the mulled wine, the christmas tree was uninspiring, even more so when it was lit up. We enjoyed the brass band who played a selection of well known carols.


Sunday, 2 December 2012

Winters morning - Roberts Park

Two brave souls enjoying the peace and tranquility of Roberts Park, Saltaire on a frosty winters morning. At times those of us who live in Saltaire do not realise how lucky we are to have Roberts Park on our doorstep

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Adventure Playground Roberts Park Saltaire

Even on a frosty winters morning, the adventure playground next to Roberts Park in Saltaire is  popular with the kids. In the summer it is always packed.
Sadly the pub in the background, the Cup and Ring is closed and subject to vandalisim. This is a sign of the times as many pubs are closing.