Friday, 18 January 2019

Bankfield Museum, Halifax

Bankfield is a museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire. The building is Grade II listed and used to be the home of Colonel Edward Akroyd until purchased by the then Halifax Corporation in 1887. The building then became a local museum and library with the grounds developing in to Akroyd Park.

The buildings now offer displays of textiles, local history, toys, art, as well as other temporary exhibitions. The buildings are also the home of the Duke of Wellington regimental museum. The museum is free to enter and is only a short drive from Halifax Centre and approx. 30min walk from Halifax Train Station.

These pictures were taken on the 11th August 2011 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. There are a total of 35 pictures, which all can be seen on Flickr, with others available here and on Clickasnap. The images below are taken exclusively from my Flickr album.

Bankfield Museum
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Library Ceiling at Bankfield Museum

Bankfield Museum Library.

Bankfield Museum, Halifax

Duke of Wellington's Regiment Uniform (America)

Bankfield Museum Hallway

Quality Street at Bankfield Museum
Duke of Wellington's Regiment Uniform (Great War)

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Sunday, 6 January 2019

All Souls Church, Halifax

All Souls Church is a Grade I listed redundant Anglican church, that comes under the management of the Churches Conservation Trust. The church overlooks Halifax from it's vantage point at Haley Hill, Halifax and it is said was built in it's location to block the view of Square Congregational Church from the home of Edward Akroyd. 

The church was commissioned by Akroyd in 1856, who also met the cost of close to £100000, and appointed Sir George Gilbert Scott as the architect. Built to accommodate over 800 worshipers the church opened in 1859 and was to form the centrepiece of Akroyds model village of Akroyden. The church remained in use until 1978, when engineers wanted to the church demolished due to the excessive cost of repairs needed. The church was declared redundant in 1979, with various groups taking responsibility for it's upkeep until October 1988 when the Redundant Churches Fund took over the management of the building.

The roof is 65ft high, with the spire reaching a height of 236ft, the 2nd highest in West Yorkshire after Wakefield Cathedral. The height was 1ft taller than the spire at Square Congregational Church (Now part of Halifax Library).

There are a total 32 images to view, 11 exclusive to Clickasnap the rest viewable on Flickr. Some from the Flickr collection are shown below. They were taken on the 11th August 2018 using a Nikon d3300 SLR.

All Souls Church, Halifax
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All Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax

All Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax

I've visited the church a few times, but this was the first occasion that I was able to view inside, the following are a small selection from inside the church.

All Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax

All Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax

All Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax

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All Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax


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Saturday, 5 January 2019

Whitby Beach, North Yorkshire

Whitby Beach is a set of 9 pictures taken on the 25th August 2018 whilst visiting the North Yorkshire seaside resort. The were taken overlooking the coast near to Whitby Pavilion in the direction of Sandsend and Whitby Harbour Pier.

There are 6 that can be seen here and on Flickr, with an additional 3 exclusive to Clickasnap via the links below. They were taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

Coast at Whitby, North Yorkshire

Coast at Whitby, North Yorkshire

Coast at Whitby, North Yorkshire

Coast at Whitby, North Yorkshire

Coast at Whitby, North Yorkshire

Coast at Whitby, North Yorkshire
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Friday, 4 January 2019

Sowerby Bridge Railway Station, A Virtual Tour

Just an attempt at something a little bit different by me, I thought I would have a go at making a little video featuring a tour of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station. There is no voiceover just sub titles and the back ground music is Life in Romance by Twin Musicom. It was filmed at night on the 29th December 2018 around 6pm so the station was quiet, with only 1 express train passing through whilst I was there. The video lasts for 3mins 57secs and give a little bit of information about the station's history.

The filming was done using a Nikon d3300 SLR Camera. The video can be seen here and on YouTube.


Sowerby Bridge station opened in at it's current location in 1876, replacing the former station which existed a few hundred yards further west at the site of a modern day Tesco superstore. The currentstation was built as a junction for the Rishworth Branch line when that opened in 1876, although a platform was constructed for that only in 1907, trains used to back down the mainline before commencing journeys along the branch. A much bigger station when opened, the station saw the branch line close completely to all traffic in 1958, and the main station building demolished in 1980, 2 years after a devastating fire badly damaged them. The station is much changed from it's heyday, it now features limited facilities, no staff, the platforms are much reduced in size, although platform 2 still shows much of the original platform although now un-accessible. Platform 1 is much reduced to provide a station car park.

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The Train Trip, Sowerby Bridge to Mytholmroyd.

A short video I recently did of the view outside the window as I took a train journey from Sowerby Bridge to Mytholmroyd. The trip was taken on New Years Eve 2018 at about 11.15am so the train wasn't overly busy. I didn't intend on filming it but as it was on the tripod already, I thought why not and set it going. I filmed it on my Nikon d3300 SLR.

The journey starts at Sowerby Bridge Railway Station Platform 1 and heads west firstly past County Bridge, Town Hall Clock and the River Calder. After this we passed Goodalls Transport which is built on part of the site of the former goods yard and near to where the original Sowerby Bridge Railway Station was sited until moving to it's current location in 1876. The train then enters Cemetery Tunnel, which is also known as Sowerby Tunnel or locally as Dixy Tunnel. The tunnel runs under Dixon Scar Woods and Sowerby Bridge Cemetery. I trimmed the tunnel section of the video to a few seconds as we were in the tunnel for a minute.

Once through the tunnel, the open country becomes visible as the train heads towards the Tenterfields area of Sowerby Bridge, a mill complex converted to business units. After this is the former VTL works now a caravan storage area which forms part of Fairlea Mills, with a little bit further the area that was Luddendenfoot Railway Station, which also is now Station Road Industrial Units.

After passing Luddendenfoot, once again the countryside becomes more prominent until passing the small hamlet of Brearley, which is home to a few houses and industrial units. Not overly visible from the train. Before reaching Mytholmroyd, Moderna Business Park becomes visible through the trees and St Michaels Church is Visible just before I had to get up to leave the train.

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Crossley Heath School, Halifax

Crossley Heath School is just 2 pictures I took on News Years Day whilst passing the building heading for Scarr Woods. They were taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera and 2 black and white copies can be seen here or on Flickr, colour version's are exclusive to Clickasnap via the links below.

Opened in 1864 as the Crossley Orphanage at a cost of £65000 (Approx. 5.7 million now) by brothers John, Joseph and Francis Crossley, it was built as a home to 400 children. In 1887 Thomas Porter donated £50000 and the names was changed to the Crossley & Porter Orphan Home and School.

In 1919 Royal Assent was granted and the orphanage became a secondary school, admitting day pupils for the first time and the school came under control of the local authority in 1944. In 1985 the name was changed again after the school merged with the nearby Heath Grammar School to become the Crossley Heath School.

Crossley Heath School
Crossley Heath School
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Saturday, 29 December 2018

Train Stations of the Calder Valley

Train Stations of the Calder Valley is a new slideshow I have uploaded to YouTube which features pictures of every currently open Railway Station in Calderdale taken since 2013. The following station feature. in the video.

Brighouse Railway Station.
Opened 1840 - Closed 1970
Reopened 2000

Halifax Railway Station.
Opened 1844 - Re sighted to current place 1855

Hebden Bridge Railway Station.
Opened 1840

Myholmroyd Railway Station.
Opened 1841 - Rebuilt 1871- Rebuilt again 1980's

Sowerby Bridge Railway Station.
Opened 1840 - Re sighted to current place 1876

Todmorden Railway Station.
Opened 1841

Walsden Railway Station.
Opened 1845 - Closed 1961
Reopened 1990


I look forward to adding Elland to this when it reopens in 2022, and the potential reopening of both Hipperholme Station and Cornholme (Portsmouth), Todmorden Station if they come to pass.


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Hebden Bridge Railway Station, Updated.

I wrote a recent post featuring some pictures I took at Hebden Bridge, it can be seen here, these pictures are some I have recently found on my hard drive that I took on the 21st July 2018. See my other post for information on the station, this one just features the pictures.

There are 8 pictures 5 which can be seen here and on Flickr, with an additional 3 that can only be seen on Clickasnap via the links below.

Hebden Bridge Railway Station.

Platform 1 Hebden Bridge

Slope to Platform 1.

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Hebden Bridge Platform 2

Hebden Bridge Signal Box

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Monday, 24 December 2018

Sowerby Bridge Floods, 3 Years Later

Boxing Day 2015 saw flooding devastate the Calder Valley from Todmorden through to Brighouse, including my home town of Sowerby Bridge. I took a small set of pictures then of the ongoing flooding and with time to pass this morning, I thought I would return to roughly the same area and re picture some of them. They can all be seen here and on Flickr.

Gas Works Bridge, 3 Years After The Floods.

Gas Works Bridge, 3 Years After The Floods.
These 2 pictures show Gas Works Bridge which crossers the River Calder near to the Navigation Inn, Sowerby Bridge. They were taken today 24-12-2018 with the Boxing Day floods from 2015 inset in to the picture.

Lockhill Mill, Sowerby Bridge after the Flood.
Lockhill Mill pictured today (24-12-2018) and the aftermath of the flood and the damaged building taken on the 1-1-2016.

River Calder, Sowerby Bridge. During and After the Flood.

River Calder, Sowerby Bridge. During and After the Flood.

River Calder, Sowerby Bridge. During and After the Flood.
River Calder and footbridge alongside the Turks Head pub, Sowerby Bridge. Main picture (24-12-2018) with the flooding picture inset from Boxing Day 2015.

Rochdale Canal, Sowerby Bridge.
The Rochdale Canal from Tower Hill Bridge, pictured 24-12-2018 and inset Boxing Day 2015.

Tuel Lane Lock after the Floods.

Tuel Lane Lock after the Floods.
Tuel Lane Lock on the Rochdale Canal. Main picture 24-12-2018 with the flooding picture inset from Boxing Day 2015.

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Saturday, 22 December 2018

Venice, Italy. 30th October 2018

Recently I got the chance to visit Venice, Italy I was there to visit my daughter who was staying there for a couple of months as part of her university degree. I don't go Everyday was plentiful for taking pictures so I have broken down the pictures I took in to places I can remember, or sets based around the day I took them. This first set was taken on the 29th October 2018 and there are over 126 images I have published on either Clickasnap or Flickr, with a select few viewable on here. The city is architecturally fantastic with tight pathways between buildings, canals alongside buildings, footbridges plentiful. Despite spending 5 days there I don't feel I got the chance to explore all Venice had to offer, although 5 days was more than enough time to spend there from a personal point of view.
The following images are a small selection from my Flickr album which has a total of 96 pictures to view. There are an additional 30 pictures exclusive to Clickasnap via the album link below. Every picture featured here was taken on Tuesday 30th October 2018 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

Venice, Italy 30 October 2018
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The following pictures are taken from the Flickr collection.
Venice, Italy. 16

Venice, Italy. 8

Stairs in Venice, Italy.

Venice, Italy. 67

Venice, Italy. 23

Artwork in Venice.

Venice, Italy. 101

Church of San Barnaba.

Venice, Italy. 169

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Friday, 21 December 2018

Westgate Arcade, Halifax

Westgate Arcade is a pedestrian shopping street in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Westgate was originally built as an access road to the Piece Hall and by the late 1990's had become one of the least used roads in Halifax. Between 2004 and 2006 the area was pedestrianised and a canopy added to give the area a indoor shopping feel. It's is now home to a number of independent shops and restaurants.


The pictures were taken on the 27th May 2018. There are 6 in total all of which can be seen here and on Flickr. 3 can also be viewed untagged and full size on my Clickasnap account via the links below.

Westgate Arcade, Halifax

Westgate Arcade, Halifax

Westgate Arcade, Halifax

Westgate Arcade, Halifax

Westgate Arcade, Halifax

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Westgate Arcade, Halifax

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