Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Leeds Town Hall Court Room

When first built Leeds Town Hall had four courtrooms. Only one survives now and it has been restored so we can see what it really looked like. It is very compact and as you can see from the photograph the accused stood ( in front of the bar at the bottom of the photograph) quite close to the witness ( stood in the small curved area on the right of the photograph). Also notice the lack of decoration in the wood, no carvings at all.

Leeds became an Assize town in 1864.

The Courts of Assize, or assizes, were periodic criminal courts held around England and Wales until 1972, when together with the Quarter Sessions they were abolished by the Courts Act 1971 and replaced by a single permanent Crown Court. The assizes heard the most serious cases, which were committed to it by the Quarter Sessions (local county courts held four times a year), while the more minor offences were dealt with summarily by Justices of the Peace in petty sessions (also known as Magistrates' Courts).

The word assize refers to the sittings or sessions (Old French assises) of the judges, known as "justices of assize", who were judges of the King's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice who travelled across the seven circuits of England and Wales on commissions of "oyer and terminer", setting up court and summoning juries at the various Assize Towns.

Trials took place here until 1992.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Leeds Skyline

These photographs were taken from the top of Leeds Town Hall.

With a height of 225 feet (68.6 m) it was the tallest building in Leeds from its construction in 1858 until 1966, when it lost the title to the Park Plaza Hotel, which stands 8 metres (26 ft) taller at 77 metres (253 ft). It has held the title longer than any other building, a record 108 years. The distinctive clock tower, which serves as a symbol of Leeds was not part of the initial design but was added by Brodrick in 1856 as the civic leaders sought to make an even grander statement.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Leeds Town Hall Clock

On Saturday we went on a fascinating guided tour of Leeds Town Hall. A highlight of the tour was the climb up the clock tower - up 209 steps !!
Here is the clock close up.

Bradford at Wembley

I was lucky enough to be at Wembley to watch Bradford. Forget the result the Bradford fans were magnificent.
Photographs taken with my phone

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Hirst Weir

Less than a mile up river from Saltaire weir is another weir at Hirst Wood.
The sun was in the wrong place to take a good photograph. The building in view was converted in the 19th century to a paper mill, but is now a private residence.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013


Here are a group of photographers enjoying the winter sunshine. They are taking photographs of the weir on the River Aire at Saltaire.


Sunday, 17 February 2013

Bradford Rowing Club

Bradford Amateur Rowing Club (BARC) is a British Rowing affiliated club in Saltaire, West Yorkshire. It was founded in 1867 and the Clubhouse was built in 1893 on land given to the Club by Sir Titus Salt.
The Club rows on a 600m stretch of the River Aire and the two storey Clubhouse built in 1893 still retains much of its Victorian character, with its unique upstairs bar and function room where access to the balcony provides magnificent views of the River Aire and a local conservation area.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Saltaire in the Snow - 5

This (the last in this little series) photograph shows the Boathouse Inn nestled beneath the snow covered trees on the banks of the river Aire.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Saltaire in the Snow - 4

For me Roberts Park always looks lovely, winter time is no exception. The snow was melting in the trees as dog walkers and photographers enjoyed ther park.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Saltaire in the Snow - 3

The snow makes an unusual picture of the beer garden at the Boathouse on the banks of the River Aire in Saltaire.


Sunday, 27 January 2013

Saltaire in the Snow - 2

Snow covered Roberts Park had an eerie feeling blanketed in mist. The snow did not stop keen keep fit enthusiastics and it attracted fellow photographers.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Saltaire in the Snow -1

Following our third snowfall in seven days, the next few posts will show photographs taken this morning.

This is the narrow track that leads to Salts Sports Club. The frozen canal is on the left hand side.
Its along this narrow track that some idiot has applied for planning permission for a car park. I hope Bradford Council see sense and turn the application down.   

Friday, 25 January 2013

Snowy Saltaire

This photograph was taken last weekend after our first snowfall of the winter. It shows the magnificent building that is Saltaire United Reform Church.


Sunday, 20 January 2013

Reduced to rubble

Following on from yesterdayd blog, the former cinema, casino and bingo hall in Shipley is now reduced to a pile of rubble. what next for the site I wonder.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

After the fire

The Kings Bingo Hall on Briggate in Shipley caught fire on Thursday evening, 17th January at around 8.30pm It was well alight by the time 30 firefighters arrived. At the inferno’s height, 60 firefighters were tackling the flames which led to the collapse of the 1930s building’s floors.
The A657 was closed in both directions between A6038 Otley Road and B6149 Crag Road. Police said there was no vehicle access to Shipley railway station.

Here is the building being demolished on this morning.

The Shipley Picture House Company opened this state ot the art 1200 seater cinema on the 5th September 1932. The front elevation was built of Rustic Brick and Cream Terra Cotta faience tiling which was illuminated with floodlights. The front facade 130 feet long with a wrought iron and glass canopy the full length. This massive frontage also housed five self contained small shop units plus a sweets/tobacco shop to the right of the cinema entrance.
The Glen Royal closed as a cinema in 1962, It was to reopen as the Glen casino in 1963.
In 1974 the casino became the EMI Bingo, and Social Club.
The Glen building finally closed it's doors as Kings Bingo on January 30th 2005.

Here is a photograph of the derelict building taken in May 2012

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Mural - Leeds

This is Cornucopia, a mural by leading U.K. mural artist, Graeme Willson, located near the Corn Exchange. It was commissioned by Speciality Shops in 1989 and was unveiled by Patrick Nutgens in the autumn of 1990. The painting is integrated into the architecture of the building using the 'Keim' system of silicate paints. It measures 32' by 30'. Cornucopia was awarded the Leeds Award for Architecture and the Environment.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Inside View Leeds Corn Exchange

Designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, a Hull architect best known for Leeds Town Hall, this Grade I listed structure was completed in 1862 and opened on 28 July 1863. Leeds Corn Exchange is now just one of three Corn Exchanges in the country which operates in its traditional capacity as a centre for trade, albeit no longer for trading in corn.
After closing, its condition deteriorated to such a degree that the building and its surroundings became one of Leeds' most run down areas.
In November 2007 it was revealed that the centre (which was being refubished after being taken over by Zurich Financial Services) was to be converted into a food emporium. The plans brought protests from the independent traders, who were removed from the Corn Exchange, and their customers.
After the restoration the Corn Exchange re-opened in November 2008 as a boutique shopping centre for independent retailers.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

River Aire Weir at Saltaire

Took this photograph on Sunday, and as you can see the uprooted tree trunk is well and truly stuck on the weir. I don't know who long it has been there for.
It made me wonder was it the force of nature that deposited it into the river or an act of vandalism, I also wondered how far it had travelled.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Shipley Glen Tramway

I have been a volunteer on the Shipley Glen Tramway since 2011. Recently I have been trained to be a driver. Today was the first time I drove the tram unsupervised after qualifying a few weeks  The photograph shows the controls for driving the tram.