Friday, 22 March 2019

Sowerby Bridge, Nearly Flooded Again.

On March 16th 2019 after many days of constant rain, the water levels of the Rochdale Canal and the Rivers Calder & Ryburn began to rise causing great concern amongst the residents of the town of Sowerby Bridge. The town was badly hit by flooding on Boxing Day 2015 and it still lingers in the memory of many people who were affected by this. These are video clips I took and have uploaded to YouTube of the night of the high water and the morning after when the town breathed a great sigh of relief.

The first video shows the town as the levels were rising.

And the next 2 show Mearclough Bridge and Sowerby Bridge Cricket Ground on the nights when the levels were rising and the morning after when the rivers were much lower.


Please take a moment to subscribe to my YouTube channel here. The more subscribers I get the more recognition is given to my channel. You can also follow me on Clickasnap, the worlds biggest, free to use, paid per view, image sharing site. I have over 1300 pictures viewable there. I can also be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to share.

Winter at Willow Hall Dam, Sowerby Bridge

I haven't posted for a while despite having loads of pictures and videos available, just been busy job hunting. I think that that problem is now addressed so I thought I would post today about a set of pictures I took a year ago at Willow Hall Dam, Sowerby Bridge. Last years winter seemed to be the  winter that kept on giving and looking back now after a normal UK mild winter I have no nostalgia for how bad the weather was. I know it was only a few inches at worst but in the UK any weather that is deemed out of the ordinary seems to bring the country to a standstill, we as a nation are just obsessed by it.

Willow Hall Dam is actually 2 dams, with the lower used as a fishing lake and the upper mainly feeding it and looking overgrown. I'm not sure what the dam's original purpose was, there were a number of mills nearby which have long since disappeared so I assume it was to help drive power to one of those. The dam is surrounded by woodland on 3 sides and is popular with locals walking there dogs. Dam Head Road runs across the head of the dam and there is terraced housing either side of the dam head. These pictures were taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera on the 18th March 2018. There are a total of 18 that can viewed here and on Flickr, there are also a few available to see of Clickasnap via the link at the bottom of the page.

Winter at Willow Hall Dam.
Use the arrows to navigate the album. The following pictures are taken from this same set. View on Flickr to see a full size image.

Willow Hall Dam, Sowerby Bridge

Willow Hall Dam, Sowerby Bridge

Willow Hall Dam Snow Path, Sowerby Bridge

Willow Hall Dam, Sowerby Bridge

The rest of the images can be seen on Flickr with a select few also viewable on Clickasnap.
You can follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar. You can also view my pictures on Clickasnap, the world's largest, free to use, paid per view, image sharing site. I have over 1300 pictures there currently, I also have a YouTube channel that can be viewed here. Please take a moment to subscribe. 

Thanks for looking and please share.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Railway Stations of Calderdale Past and Present.

Railway stations of Calderdale is a short YouTube video - slideshow I put together featuring pictures from the public domain of nearly every railway station that has ever served an area of Calderdale. Of all the stations there were only 4 I was unable to find pictures of which were Brighouse Clifton Road, Halifax Shaw Syke, Rochdale Road Halt (Stainland Branch) and West Vale Station. I managed to get 1 picture of every other station and there is also a picture of every station open today. The opening and closing dates are included with each picture as well as the estimated re-opening date for Elland which is currently 2022.

It sadly shows what a magnificent railway heritage we chucked away in this area, as of the closed stations only Elland and potentially Hipperholme are ever likely to reopen. Had we land banked the closed lines and stations we could have potentially been looking at re-opening the Queensbury Lines with Holmfield or Ovenden Stations giving an extra route to the north via Keighley, The Pickle Bridge line with Baliff Bridge or Clifton Road Stations giving extra capacity on the line between Huddersfield and Bradford. We could also be looking at adding extra stations at Luddendenfoot, Cornholme or Portsmouth (Lancs) and Norwood Green or Lightcliffe to reduce congestion on the roads.

Anyhow here is the video of our railway station heritage in Calderdale.

I feature videos like this amongst many other different ones on my YouTube channel here. Please take a moment to subscribe and help support my channel.

You can also follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar. I also have a profile on Clickasnap, the worlds biggest, free to use, paid per view, image sharing site. Click here to have a look.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to share.

Music Videos Reditored. The Clash, White Stripes and John Murphy

I have recently found a new hobby?, I have started to make music videos or similar which features images or video clips relevant to the piece of music playing. I have uploaded a few to my YouTube channel recently with the video - photograph used either personally owned, public domain or creative commons commercially licenced. Some of my earlier efforts have included Talking Heads, George Ezra and Queen. The copyright of the music remains the property of the relevant rights holder and there has been no intention by me to infringe it.

The videos featured today London Calling by the Clash, Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes and Sunshine by John Murphy.

London Calling The Clash

Released on the 7th December 1979, the song reached a UK chart high of number 11.

I took a number of public domain images taken around London and then edited them together to form a background to the song. Images include the River Thames, Westminster, London Eye and many more like them. Iconic images from London.

Seven Nation Army  The White Stripes 

The song released in March 2003 reached number 7 in the UK top 40 singles chart.

Again uisng the song as inspiration I found a number of images from all sides and all forces of pictures taken during the 2nd world war and overlaid them with the track. All the images were once again licenced creative commons commercial or public domain.

Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor) John Murphy

Featured in a number of films including Sunshine and Kick Ass, Sunshine by John Murphy is just 1 of those tracks you know when you here it.

Again using the track as inspiration I found a number of public domain sunrise, sunset clips and overlaid them with the music.

I have made a number of similar videos that can be seen on my YouTube channel here. Please take a moment to subscribe and help to support me.

You can also follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in sidebar, I also have a profile you can follow me on at Clickasnap here. The worlds biggest, free to use, paid per view image sharing site, I have over 1200 pictures on there to view.

Thanks for looking and please share.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Unidentified Pictures from the 70's and 80's

I am asking for help to identify a number of pictures I have recently acquired. I have an interest in old postcards and photo slides and recently purchased a set of slides taken in the 1970's and 80's which are unidentified and I have no idea where they were taken. Some from the collection I know but these that I will be adding to Flickr over the coming days are unknown to me or people I have asked.

I would be grateful for any help that can be provided in tracing where the pictures are of, please if you know just leave a comment under the picture on Flickr.

Unidentified
Just use the arrows to navigate the album and please if you know where any of them were taken please comment underneath. Thanks in advance for any help. The pictures below are random ones selected from the album

Need Help to Identify

Need Help to Identify

Need Help to Identify

Need Help to Identify

Need Help to Identify

Need Help to Identify

Need Help to Identify

Need Help to Identify

I'll be adding a few more to the album of the next few days so any help would be appreciated.

You can follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar, I also have a profile on Clickasnap, The worlds biggest, free to use, paid per view, image sharing site. I also have a YouTube channel here. Please take a moment to subscribe and help support me.

Thanks for looking and please share. Once again any help would be appreciated in trying to find where these pictures were taken.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Bicycle Race - Queen

I have recently started making Music videos (I use the term loosely) for songs I like, by loosely I mean I find relevant short video clips or pictures and edited them to the soundtrack of the song. Previous efforts include War by Edwin Starr, Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads and Budapest by George Ezra amongst others. The clips used are from the public domain, creative commons commercial licensed or from my own personal collection.

The song "Bicycle Race" was written by Freddie Mercury and released by Queen from there Jazz album on the 13th October 1978. It was part of a double "A" release along with "Fat Bottomed Girls". The band were recording Jazz at the Mountain Studio in Montreux, when the 18th stage of the 1978 Tour de France passed by inspiring Freddie Mercury to write the song. It chartered in a number of markets including reaching number 11 in the UK top 40.


This video is from my YouTube channel, please take a moment to subscribe here. It features videos like this, photography slideshows and driving videos set to music.
You can follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar. You can also follow me on YouTube here and Clickasnap, The world's biggest, free to use, paid per view, image sharing site.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to share.

Baitings and Ryburn Reservoirs

Baitings and Ryburn Reservoir is a set of pictures taken around the 2 dams in July 2018 that are featured in 2 albums. Album 1 can be seen here and on Flickr, it features 93 pictures, with album 2 exclusive only to Clickasnap which features 28 pictures taken around the dams. They were taken using a Nikon d3300SLR camera.

Ryburn Reservoir

Built in 1933 and surrounded by ancient woodland and rural fields, Ryburn Reservoir was built to supply the people of Wakefield with fresh water. Found to the south of the A58 on the outskirts of the village of Ripponden there are many walks around the dam and you can climb up the valley to the higher Baitings Reservoir.

Ryburn Dam

Baitings Reservoir

Built to supply Wakefield, Baitings Reservoir opened in 1956 and is further up the valley from Ryburn. Fed by a number of small streams it's main supply is the River Ryburn with the dam sitting at the head of the Ryburn Valley. During times of low water levels the original bridge crossing can be seen, and although it was covered on this visit I managed to picture it on a later visit which I will upload another day.

Baitings Reservoir

The full set can only be seen in the albums on Flickr and Clickasnap. All the pictures shown on this page are taken from my Flickr collection.

Rocks at Ryburn Dam

Bench View at Ryburn Dam

Ryburn Dam

Ryburn Dam Bridge

Ryburn Dam Rural Scene

Abandoned Barn Nr Baitings Reservoir

Baitings Reservoir

Damhead at Baitings Reservoir

Back O Th Heights Bridge across Baitings Reservoir

Baitings Reservoir

The rest can be seen on Flickr and Clickasnap. There is a video slideshow from YouTube as well

You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more videos like this, as well as different sorts.

You can follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the link in the sidebar. You can also follow me on Clickasnap, the world's biggest, free to use, paid per view, image sharing site. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to share.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

A drive from Scammonden to Sowerby Bridge Pt 3, Pt 4 and Pt 5.

A drive from Scammonden to Sowerby Bridge is a film broken in to 5 parts of a car journey I took recently from Scammonden Reservoir to Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. During the course of the journey I passed through areas of the towns and villages of Scammonden, Barkisland, Rishworth, Ripponden, Kebroyd, Triangle and Sowerby Bridge. All the clips are 4 / 5mins long and set to music.

Part 3 features 2.1 miles from the western edge of Rishworth to the centre of Ripponden, West Yorkshire and last's for 4min 27secs.


Part 4 is the 1.5 miles stretch from Ripponden to the western edge of Triangle and is 3min 2 sec long.


The final part 5 covers the 1.9 miles from Triangle to Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge and last for 4min 18secs taking in the centres of Triangle and Sowerby Bridge.


I have many videos like this and others that are completely different on my channel. Please take a moment to subscribe to my YouTube channel here. You can also follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar as well as on Clickasnap, the world's biggest, free to use, paid per view, image sharing site.
Thanks for looking and please share.

A drive from Scammonden to Sowerby Bridge Pt 1 and Pt 2.

A drive from Scammonden to Sowerby Bridge is a film broken in to 5 parts I filmed whilst recently returning from a walk around the lake at the side of the M62. I set the camera to record the journey back which took in parts of the villages and towns of Scammonden, Barkisland, Rishworth, Ripponden, Triangle, Kebroyd and Sowerby Bridge all along the Ryburn Valley. All the clips are set to music

Part 1 is a 4min 7sec clip which shows the 1.1 mile journey from Scammonden to Withens End Lane, Barkisland.


Part 2 takes in the 1.2 mile stretch of road from Withens End Lane to the edge of Rishworth, climbing down the valley and underneath the dam head of Booth Wood Reservoir. This clip last again for 4mins 7secs.


I feature other videos like this on my YouTube Channel. I also do other videos there of photography slideshows of ones featuring music set to video or pictures that are relevant to the music featured. Please take a moment to subscribe to my channel.

You can also follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar or on the world's biggest, free to use, paid per view, image sharing site, Clickasnap here.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to share.

Old Pictures of Halifax and the Surrounding Areas.

This is a video of images from various dates at least 30 years ago featuring many landmarks and places within Halifax and Calderdale area of West Yorkshire. The video has 20 pictures which include notable landmarks such as Wainhouse Terrace, the Shay Stadium, Thrum Hall Stadium and Lee Bank after the Queensbury Railway Closed but before the Lee Bank Tunnel and Viaduct's were removed. Each picture has the place name for easier reference.

All the images were obtained either via a creative commons commercial licence or they are public domain. The video last for 2minutes 12 seconds.


Please take a moment to subscribe to my YouTube Channel here. You can also follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar, I also have a photo sharing account on Clickasnap, the world's biggest, free to use, paid per view, image sharing site. Currently I have over 1200 pictures on there to view.

Thanks for looking and please share.

Edwin Starr - WAR

Edwin Starr and War is a video I put together featuring images of the Vietnam conflict overlaid by the song. The images were all obtained under Public Domain or Creative Commons Commercial licence. The song remains the copyright of the relevant rights holder. Not much more to ad only I make a few of these videos and upload them to YouTube amongst my regular uploads.


You can subscribe to my YouTube channel here. You can follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar. I also have an account on Clickasnap, the world's biggest, free to use, paid per view, image sharing site. I have over 1200 pictures to view there.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to share.

Toto - Africa

Toto Africa is a music video I put together messing around with images I had collected under a creative commons commercial licence. I enjoy making them and I don't suspect any of the really good videographers have anything to worry about, there just a bit of fun. This video was the product of a bit of free time and listening to the song Africa on the radio 1 morning. I firstly took an image of the continent of Africa and then overlaid relevant pictures to the verse being sang. An example of which was the verse "Bless the Rains Down in Africa" the map picture was overlaid by a video or picture of rain, another example was the verse "Hurry Boy She's Waiting There for You" I overlaid the Africa background with a picture of a lady on a beach waiting and the overlaid that picture with an image of a man looking at his watch.

The finished article took a couple of hours to do and I enjoyed having a mess around making it. The copyright of the song remains the property of the rights holder and I have no intention to infringe that. The videos and pictures used as background were obtained under creative commons commercial licence or are part of my personally owned collection.


Please take a moment to subscribe to my YouTube Channel here. It features other videos like this as well as many other different ones.

You can also follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar. I also have a Clickasnap Profile. It's the world's biggest free to use, paid per view, image sharing site, where I currently have over 1200 pictures to view.

Thanks for looking and please share.

Old Pictures of Halifax.

Old pictures of Halifax is a YouTube video I have put together featuring vintage images of the area. They are either copies of postcards I own or digital copies of images I have collected put into a slideshows. All the pictures are public domain, copyright free or creative commons commercially licenced to the best of my knowledge. I just thought it would be good to do something with them as they were stored doing nothing.

The video features approx. 20 pictures taken around the immediate Halifax area at the end of the 19th century, start of the 20th. It includes pictures of people going about there every day life, sports teams, local building of interest including the Piece Hall, Town Hall, Train Station and even includes a pictures of an elephant that was an exhibit at the short lived Halifax Zoo which ran from 1909 until 1916. The site of the zoo is now the home ground of Siddal ARLFC.


Please take a moment to subscribe to my YouTube channel where there are more videos like this. I also feature music videos I have played around with, driving videos of scenery set to music and many other random videos there.
There has been no intention to infringe any copyrights with his video, all the pictures and the music are either public domain, copyright expired or were obtained under a creative commons commercial licence.

Please take a moment to subscribe to my YouTube channel here. You can also follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar. I also have a personal account on Clickasnap, the world's biggest, free to use, photo sharing site where I have over 1200 pictures to view.

Thanks for looking and please share.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

TLC - Talking Heads, Music and Video

Recently I've become aware of creative commons licences that allow the commercial use of video or photographs for projects, so I have started to play around clipping a few together overlaying on occasions 1 or 2 facts and I find it a fun way to pass an hour or so on. They'll never trouble the original video makers and because of the copyright of the song belonging to the relevant rights holder, any ads that overlay the video the revenue will be distributed to them.

I have never made any video or posted any picture or blog post for commercial gain, and these are made with that in mind. I have already done a few of these over the last couple of years.

These 2 were uploaded to YouTube over the last couple of days and the first one is waterfalls by TLC.
The video features a few different waterfalls taken from Pexels or my own personal collection.

The 2nd video I uploaded yesterday was Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads.
The music overlays a few driving videos of cars and bikes from Pexels and my own private collection. 

There has been no intention on my part to infringe copyright, any relevant ad revenue will be distributed to the rights holder. All video if not owned by me then are used under a creative commons commercial licence. Please take a moment to subscribe to my YouTube channel here. There are a few videos like this, as well as driving to music, scenery, and slideshow photography videos.

You can also follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar. I also have a photography profile you can follow me on at Clickasnap the worlds biggest, free to use, paid per view, image sharing site.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to share.

Sowerby Bridge, Things to see

Sowerby Bridge, Things to do is a slideshow video taken from my YouTube channel and recently uploaded. It features 60 pictures all taken within an approx. 30min walk of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station, the furthest away being pictures of Copley Valley, the World War 2 Starfish bunker at Sowerby and Wainhouse Terrace and Tower, King Cross.

There are many other pictures included with the video featuring pictures of Christ Church, St Peters Church, River Calder, former bridges on the Rishworth Branch Railway Line, and no set of Sowerby Bridge pictures would be complete without including images taken on the towns 2 Canals. The town is after all the junction of the Calder & Hebble Navigation and the Rochdale Canal, meeting at the Kirkham Turn Nr Sowerby Bridge Wharf. 

The pictures featured have been taken at various dates since 2013, each picture has the date in text on. They were either taken using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, Polaroid iS2132 or Nikon d3300 SLR. Each picture says where it was taken and lasts for 6 seconds, the total length of the video is 6 mins 4 seconds.


This is just a example of the type of video I publish on YouTube. Others can be driving scenes, railway station features and just music videos I throw together for a bit of fun. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel here. Please take a moment to as every subscriber and video view is important.

You can also follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar, as well as follow me on photography sharing site Clickasnap here. It's the worlds largest, free to use, paid per view, image sharing site.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to share

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Echo & the Bunnymen - - George Ezra.

I've had a few hours to pass over the last couple of days, still job hunting, no interviews so I thought I would have a little mess around and creates a couple of music videos??? I started with Echo & the Bunnymen's The Killing Moon. Then today I did a video to Budapest by George Ezra. I took images and video that were available under a creative commons commercial licence then overlaid them with the songs, including a few facts during the videos. The copyright of the songs remains the sole property of the rights holder,

These are the results which can also be seen on my YouTube channel.



I enjoyed messing around and making these so I'll probably do a few more when I have time. You can follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar. You can follow more of my photography on Clickasnap here. You can also subscribe to me YouTube Channel here for more videos like these, photo slideshows, driving and scenery clips.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to share.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Vintage Pictures. Cambridge and Suffolk 1974

I recently purchased a collection f slides and there copyright and I am currently digitising it. I will be uploading them in batchers and this 2nd set is from 1974. They were taken on what I think was probably a family holiday around the Cambridgeshire - Suffolk area. They can be seen full size and without tags only on Clickasnap via the links below each. There was a limited amount of information provided with each picture which I have used. Sadly the make of camera was not listed.

Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge


 Kings College Gateway 1974

 Lavenham High Street 1974

 River Cam, Cambridge 174

 Suffolk Poppies 1974


Swan Hotel, Lavenham 1974

All my pictures on Clickasnap, as well as being able to view for free can be bought as a download for a small fee. Any picture viewed there also gives the photographer a small payment of $0.0015 per view of more than 10 seconds.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to share. You can follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar. You can subscribe to my YouTube Channel here. You can also follow me on Clickasnap here. The world's largest, free to use, image sharing site.

Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax

The Woolshops Shopping centre is a multi store development in the centre of Halifax, West Yorkshire. Originally a street and building, which still stands and was incorporated in to the centre, the area was redeveloped in the early 1980's with phase 1 of the Woolshops Shopping Centre opening in 1983. The original plan had been for a much bigger covered development by the Arndale Centre's owners, but this was rejected after a public inquiry in the late 1970's. A 2nd phase in the 1990's saw shops added along the edge of the car park from the entrance to the Piece Hall's northern gate.

The Woolshops now features stores that include, electrical, clothing, entertainment, health, coffee shops and much more. These pictures were taken on the 27th May 2018 using a Nikon d3300 SLR, there are a total of 22 which can be seen with 3 exclusive to Clickasnap and the rest viewable here and on Flickr.

Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax
Use the arrows to navigate the album.

The following 3 links take you to the Clickasnap exclusive pictures. They can only be seen there, full size and untagged. More form the Flickr set below.

View image 1 on Clickasnap.

View image 2 on Clickasnap.

View image 3 on Clickasnap.
All 3 images open in another window, they can not be seen anywhere other than Clickasnap who pay me $0.0015 per view of more than 10 seconds. Please take a moment to view as it helps to support my photography and blog.

The following pictures are taken from the above Flickr album
Woolshops Shopping Centre

Woolshops Shopping Centre

Woolshops Shopping Centre

Woolshops Shopping Centre

Woolshops Shopping Centre

Woolshops Shopping Centre

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to share.

You can follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel here. You can also follow me on Clickasnap here. The world's largest free to use, paid per view, image sharing site.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Vintage Pictures. Burnley and Pendle

I recently bought a photo collection and I am currently digitising it. All the pictures in it are dated from the early 1960's through to 1990. It mainly comprises of what appears to be a personal picture collection of holidays which include, southern England, Cumbria, Scotland and Wales. 

The first set I have completed are from around the Burnley, north-east Lancashire area and they are a set of 5 pictures. They can be seen full size and untagged on Clickasnap only. The ones below are reduced resolution and have writing along the bottom or top of the picture.

 Barrowford Locks, Lancashire 1974

 Overlooking Burnley 1974

 Haggate, Lancashire 1975

 Pendle Hill 1974

Pendle Hill Golf Course 1975

Whilst I was provided information in most cases of when and where the picture was taken, I could not find information as to what camera was used.
Thanks for looking and please feel free to share. You can follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter via the links in the sidebar. Alternatively you can follow me on photo sharing site Clickasnap here. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel here. I normally share photo slideshows or scenery - driving videos there set to music.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Sowerby Tunnel.

Sowerby Tunnel is a short video I put together featuring pictures and footage of the railway tunnel between Sowerby Bridge and Luddendenfoot on the Caldervale line. The tunnel was built in 1840 by the Manchester & Leeds Railway and runs underneath Sowerby Bridge Cemetery and Dixon Scar Woods. It runs for approx. 657yds leaving the industrial landscape of Sowerby Bridge at it's eastern portal, before exiting to the country setting of Sowerby - Tenterfields - Luddendenfoot at it's western portal. Sowerby Tunnel is also known as Dixy, Long and Cemetery Tunnel. 

The pictures and footage were taken on various dates over the last 6 years. The picture towards the end of the video was taken whilst stood near the tunnels western portal on the track. I had permission to be there, on the day no trains were running and I still complied with full health and safety rules to be there. Please do not ever enter with the property which trains run, it is very dangerous and can lead to death or major life changing injuries.


Thanks for looking and please take a moment to follow me and share my blog. You can follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar. You can also follow my photo's on Clickasnap here. I currently have over 1100 pictures which can only be seen on there. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel here. I have more video's like this as well as photo slideshows.

The People's Park.

The People's Park is a 12.5 acre park built by Sir Francis Crossley and opened in 1857. After the park had been opened for a year it was transferred to the Halifax Corporation for the people of Halifax to use as  a park forever. The following 12 conditions are attached to the gift,

1. That the park is open to the public from morning until evening, during the whole year.
2. That the park is opened as soon as the sun rises after 6am, but never before, and remains open until dusk.
3. That it can only be used as a promenade.
4. That no games such as cricket, bowls, or hockey, etc be allowed, nor bathing.
5. Bands be allowed except on Sundays, but dancing prohibited.
6. That refreshments not be sold in the park.
7. That the corporation spend not less than £315 annually maintaining the grounds, buildings, bridges, statues, trees, shrubs, walks and seats. Also providing gardeners and keepers.
8. If the corporation fails to maintain the park, it shall revert to Frank Crossley or his heirs.
9. No buildings shall be erected except summer houses, lodges, and like structures, as may from time to time be necessary.
10. The park shall not be used for any political or other meeting, nor yet for the celebration of the anniversaries of clubs or other societies.
11. No charge shall ever be made for admission to the park, nor any use made of it for private or municipal pecuniary advantage.
12. That the corporation make and enforce such regulations as shall protect the trees, walks, etc from injury.

Crossley had been impressed with the scenery on a visit to New England, which had inspired him to build such a space for the workers of Halifax to enjoy and proposed "to arrange art and nature so that they shall be within the walk of every working man in Halifax, that he shall go to take his stroll there after he has done his hard day's toil, and be able to get home without being tired".

There are more individual building of note within the park, more of which later. These pictures were taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR on the 27th May 2018. There are 72 pictures which can be seen on Flickr (some are featured here) and Clickasnap.

People's Park, Halifax
Use the arrows to navigate the album

The park is Grade II listed in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England. It underwent a million pound refurbishment between 1995 and 2002, The Crossley Pavilion is also Grade II listed.

The Crossley Pavilion.
The Crossley Pavilion at People's Park, Halifax

Built by G.H. Stokes the Pavilion was inaugurated on the 14th August 1860 and features a marble statue of Sir Francis Crossley. There are pools either side of the pavilion which have the following inscriptions above them "The rich and the poor meet together. The Lord is the maker of them all. Blessed by the Lord who daily loadeth us with benefits. Let no man seek his own but every man another's wealth. The Pavilion sits on the terrace.

The Terrace.
People's Park, Halifax

The statues and urns that run along the length of terrace were designed by G.H. Stokes and sculptured by Francesco Bienaime. The terrace featured an urn at each end of the terrace and has had statues added at various times of Apollo (Son of Zeus), Dancing Girl, Diana (Roman Goddess), Hercules, Neapolitan Music Girl, Sophocles, Telemachus and Venus. Over the years these statues have suffered from erosion and vandalism and not all still remain.
People's Park, Halifax

The Crossley Fountain.
At the centre of the park stands the Crossley and Saville fountain. Built in 1864 by Simpson of Pimlico the Crossley fountain was replaced in 1914 when Sir Savile Crossley offered to provide a new fountain, since 1914 the fountain then became known as the Saville and Crossley Fountain.

Saville and Crossley Fountain, People's Park, Halifax

The Bandstand.
Bandstand at People's Park, Halifax

The bandstand was built in 1882 and made of cast-iron, wood and features a zinc roof.
The Bandstand at People's Park, Halifax

To the eastern edge of the park is a series of small ponds and pools which are crossed by cast-iron bridges.

Pond at People's Park, Halifax

People's Park, Halifax

Bridge at People's Park, Halifax

The Thorp Fountain.
No longer connected to the water supply the Thorp Fountain was a drinking fountain designed by John Hogg and given to the park by Joseph Thorp. The fountain bears the following "Thank God for water, Water is best" The fountain is Grade II listed.

The Thorp Fountain, People's Park, Halifax

The Smith Sundial.
The Grade II listed sundial stands at the northern end of the park and was originally built for Pocklington School who rejected it. It was presented to the town in 1873 by Matthew Smith.

Smith Sundial, People's Park, Halifax

This is just a small selection of the pictures taken, all the others can be seen either on Flickr via the album and pictures above, or there are an additional 18 which can be seen here on Clickasnap. I receive a small payment from Clickasnap for any picture views of over 10 seconds. You can also purchase copies there for a small fee.

You can follow me on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr via the links in the sidebar, or alternatively on Clickasnap here, I also have a YouTube channel here, please take a moment to subscribe.

Thanks for looking and please share.