Sunday, 5 July 2020

Vintage Postcards - Flatford Bridge, Guys Cliff, North Gate, Temple Speech Room, Montgomery and Bristol Cathedral.

This latest post features a set of 6 vintage postcards that are approx. 80 - 90 years old, all are from the UK and unposted so it's hard to date them accurately.

The first one is of Flatford Bridge, and is a Judges LTD, Hastings card. The bridge is approx. 13 miles north east of Colchester, Essex and crossers the River Stour.
Flatford Bridge, Colchester, Vintage Postcard

Guy's Cliff Bridge and Waterfall crossers the River Avon at Saxon Mill, Warwickshire. The card was published by W.A. Lenton of Leamington Spa.
Guy's Cliff Bridge and Waterfall, Warwick, Vintage Postcard

North Gate, Totnes is a Grade II listed gateway in the Devonshire town. It was published by Valentine's as Sepiatype Series.
Northgate, Totnes Vintage Postcard

The fourth postcard in this set is of Bristol Cathedral.
Bristol Cathedral - Vintage Postcard

Montgomery pictured from Kerry Road. The picture shows the town of Montgomery (English translation "the town of Baldwin"). The town is a border town in Powys, Wales.
Kerry Road, Montgomery - Vintage Postcard

The final postcard from this set is of the Temple Speech Room, Rugby. The card was published by Valentine's of Leamington Spa.
Temple Speech Room, Rugby - Vintage Postcard

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Vintage Postcard - Glasgow Cathedral

Part of my large collection of Vintage postcards is this one I have of Glasgow Cathedral which is dated from the early 20th century, probably pre 1st world war. The company that produced the card was J.M & Co. LTD who were formed in 1903 in Edinburgh and it forms part of the companies Caledonian Series of cards. The card in my collection is unwritten and unposted.

Glasgow Cathedral - Vintage Poscard.

Glasgow Cathedral is a Church of Scotland denomination place of worship that is also known by the names High Kirk of Glasgow, St Kentigern's and St Mungo's Cathedral. The Cathedral is built on the site where the Patron Saint Mungo is said to have built his church, and before the reformation was the seat of the Archbishop of Glasgow and a scene of Roman Catholic worship.

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Saturday, 4 July 2020

Vintage 35mm Slides from the 1970's. Brecon Beacons, The Farne Islands, Buttermere Lake and a Sussex Farm Dog.

Part of my collection of 35mm slides I have acquired over the years and am in the process of digitising. These were purchased by me a few years ago with the copyright assigned to me with the purchase. Sadly the collection was limited on information with only the place name and date sometimes provided. There are 5 I have uploaded today which can be seen here and on Flickr.

This picture was taken at the Brecon Beacons, Wales in July 1974.
The Brecon Beacons 1974

The 2nd and 3rd pictures were both taken at the Farne Islands, Northumberland, England. They were taken just as people were gathering for a boat trip away or to the island I am not sure. The slides were pictured in July 1973.
Farne Islands Boat Trip 1973

Boat Trip Departing at Farne Islands 1973

The fourth images features a picture taken from height above Buttermere & Crommack Reservoirs in the Lake District. The date says it was taken in October 1978.
Buttermere & Crommack Oct 1978

The final picture today was just titled Sussex Farm Dog. The picture was taken sometime in 1977 but no more information was added beyond the title.
Sussex Farm Dog 1977

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Copley (Manchester and Leeds) Viaduct, the Small One.

The Manchester & Leeds Copley Viaduct is the lesser known, and the older of the 2 railway viaducts that cross the River Calder on the eastern end of the village of Copley, West Yorkshire. The album features 9 images, taken on various dates and at differing seasons over the past few years.

Copley Railway Bridge
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The 3 Arch Copley Viaduct lies a few metres south of the more widely known 23 arch Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Viaduct and was opened in 1840, 12 years earlier than it's bigger brother. The viaduct was built by George Stephenson and given  Grade II listed status on the 19th July 1988.
The line that crossers over the bridge was closed to passengers in 1970 when Brighouse Station was closed, although officially this came in to effect on the 1st September 1986. Between 1970 and May 2000 the line was only used for goods transport and the occasional passenger service on diversion. During the 1980's plans to single track the line across the 23 arch viaduct and completely close the line across the 3 arch viaduct were discussed occasionally, whilst this would have made a fantastic walkway from Milner Royd Junction to Greetland, Elland and Brighouse, I am of the opinion that a railway line is of much better use.

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Summer and the Calder at Copley Railway Bridge

Copley Railway Bridge Through the Pillars

Copley Railway Bridge Arch
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Wednesday, 1 July 2020

North Yorkshire Vintage

A collection of pictures taken in North Yorkshire in 1975 - 1976. These are part of a set of 35mm slides I am currently digitising.

The first 3 pictures were taken at Fountains Abbey in September 1975. Fountains Abbey is a ruined Cistercian Monastery that operated from 1132 until it's dissolution under Henry VIII in 1539. They can be found a few short miles south-west of Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Fountains Abbey

Fountain Abbey

Fountain Abbey

The following 2 pictures were taken around the small hamlet of Booze, North Yorkshire in August 1976. The area was built around farming and mining, with Chert, lead and slate all mined close by. Booze was devastated by a mining disaster in the late 18th century when 24 men and 2 ponies were drowned when they blasted in to an underground lake, 18 of the men were from Booze.

Booze, North Yorkshire Old Mines

Harebells Booze North Yorks 1976

The final couple of pictures were taken in Langthwaite, North Yorkshire.  It is one the most northerly settlements of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is unusual in the area to have so many dwellings close together. These were taken in August 1976.

Langthwaite Village

Hills above Langthwaite

The final picture was taken in a garden at Grassington and shows a Amaryllis Plat in flower.

Amaryllis Plant at Grassington, June 1977,
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Sunday, 28 June 2020

The Priory, Llandogo Vintage Postcard

Here is another couple of pictures from my Large Postcard Collection. The first one was posted on the 4th June 1954 from Ross on Wye, Herefordshire to a Chapman, 36 Hill Road, West Worthing, Sussex. The picture shows the Priory, Llandogo, Monmouthshire, Wales. I am not sure the date is correct as the stamp is of King George VI who had died in 1952.

The Priory, Llandogo Postcard

The Priory, Llandogo Postcard Rear

The postcard reads as best as I can as follows, if i can't make the word out I will just underscore
The Priory - Llandogo
Via Chepstow, Herefordshire.

Dear Denis, Eva and All,
We are having an enjoyable time here, had a v. wet journey on Saturday. Rain almost all the way. Arrived without Jerry at 3.00, had to wait at ____Jerry arrived 7.30 just as the dinner bell went the weather has been _______ __ ______ __ day was nice we walked to a beacon hill and villages ___ most of the rest of the card I unable to make out but it ends with, I hope you fix something up soon, love to you all ______Love from Hugh and Jerry.

The 2nd postcard I want to feature is of  Happy Valley, Llandudno, these are a set of gardens that are home to wildlife animals and plants and still popular today. Llandudno Pier can also be seen in the picture.

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Monday, 22 June 2020

Happy Valley, Llandudno. - Vintage Postcard.

Part of my collection of Vintage Postcards is this one looking across the Happy Valley gardens, Llandudno, towards the town pier. The card was posted on the 11th August 1950.
Happy Valley, Llandudno Postcard
 Posted to a Mr & Mrs R. Acton
34 Worsley Road
Lower Walton

Happy Valley, Llandudno Postcard Rear
The text as best I can make reads as follows,

Llandudno, Thurs

Having a very enjoyable holiday and regret it is nearly over. Weather has been mixed, but we have not been forced indoors. Had some lovely tours, and found N. Wales as beautiful as ever.

Love Helga & Harry

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Sunday, 21 June 2020

Carter Bar. Crossing from England to Scotland.

Carter Bar is a set of 11 pictures taken at the historic border point between England and Scotland, The majority were taken in October 2018, with an additional one pictured looking south across Northumberland from the view point.
England - Scotland Carter Bar Border
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Carter Bar can be found on the A68 road at the top Redesdale Valley at a height of 1371ft above sea level. It is approx. 58 miles south east of Edinburgh, and 45 miles north west of Newcastle. The nearest town being Jedburgh.

Carter Bar has a viewing are which is popular with passes by who tend to stop and picture the stunning landscapes visible from the crossing. There are 2 large stones to mark the actual historic border between England and Scotland. The Cheviot Hills, Scottish Borders and Northumberland can be viewed for many miles and the crossings exposed placing and altitude means it can be quite cold on a summers day, and still snowy into late spring and early autumn.

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Benches at England - Scotland Carter Bar Border

Northumberland from Carter Bar Border 1

Scotland's Border's Region from Carter Bar Border 2

England - Scotland Carter Bar Border

On the 7th July 1575 Carter Bar was the scene of the last major battle between the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, this became known as the Raid of Redeswire. The area was also known to hold Truce Days, also known as March Law. This was a system of international law to settle cross border disputes between England and Scotland, attended by the Lord Warden of the Marches who was responsible for the security of the border regions. These became unnecessary after 1603 when the union of the crowns led to  King James VI of Scotland being crowned King James I of England.

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Friday, 19 June 2020

Rochdale Canal. Station Road Bridge 6 to Longbottom Bridge 4

This collection of 11 pictures was taken whilst walking a short section of the Rochdale Canal. The distance covered was approx. 3/4 mile from bridge number 6 Station Road, Luddenden Foot to Bridge number 4 Longbottom or Tenterfields. The pictures were taken on 25th August 2019 as I was down Luddenden Foot searching for some old bomb shelters which I found (More on later) no far from Station Road Bridge.

Station Road Bridge, Luddenden Foot over the Rochdale Canal
Station Road Bridge No. 6 over the Rochdale Canal. The bridge used to provide access from the main A646 Burnley Road to the Luddenden Foot Railway Station (Closed 1962).

Rochdale Canal at Luddenden Foot
The mill is Denholme Mills which has stood at that location since the the early 19th century. Mainly used as a textile mill in the early 1990's it became a camping shop.

Rochdale Canal at Luddenden Foot
Taken a little further along the canal, Denholme Mills is just out of the left hand side of the picture.

Cooper House Bridge over the Rochdale Canal
Cooper House Bridge No. 5 over the Rochdale Canal. Built around 1798, the bridge allowed an access road to cross the canal from the main turnpike to the nearby Cooper House Mills. The mills were demolished in the early part of the 2010's.

Rochdale Canal at Cooper House Mills
The canal looking away from Cooper House Bridge. The mill complex stood to the right of the picture. Before the canal was reopened in the early 1990's the bank's here were much closer together. You could leap from 1 side to the other. The banking here was strengthened after it weakened and almost flooded the mills complex in the 1970's or 80's.

Rochdale Canal at Cooper House Mills
Just along the canal from Cooper House is another mill complex known as Tenterfields, this is just over the tree and wall to the right. The mill is now a number of small industrial units but was built as a Fulling Mill in 1738.

Longbottom Bridge over the Rochdale Canal
Bridge No. 4 Longbottom is also sometimes called Tenterfields Bridge. The bridge used to be an up and over with no path through, but in 1987 as part of the plan to reopen the Rochdale Canal the bridge was widened and a path through added by Manpower Services Commission.

Westwards along the Rochdale Canal from Longbottom Bridge
The Rochdale Canal westwards from Longbottom Bridge. Tenterfields can be seen to the left, the original name of the mill being Whitworth's Mill.

Eastwards along the Rochdale Canal from Longbottom Bridge
Again taken from Longbottom Bridge, this time looking eastwards in the direction of Sowerby Bridge.

Longbottom Bridge and the Rochdale Canal
Bridge No.4 over the Rochdale Canal, Longbottom Bridge used to be passed by a set of Stone steps just out of shot to the left of the wall. The bridge was widened to include the towpath in 1987.

Rochdale Canal at Tenterfields
The canal banking just beyond Longbottom Bridge.

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Sunday, 14 June 2020

The Ribblehead Viaduct.

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My Ribblehead Viaduct collection is a set of 17 pictures, 1 which was taken in August 1976, the rest in April 2015. They can all be seen here, on Flickr, YouTube and on Clickasnap where they can also be downloaded.

The Ribblehead Viaduct or Batty Moss Viaduct is a 24 arch bridge that carries the Settle to Carlisle line across the Ribble Valley in North Yorkshire, England. Work began on the viaduct in 1869 or 70 according to different sources and ran until completion in August 1875. The workforce grew to approx. 2300 men who lived in camps with their families around the viaduct, these settlements were known as Batty Wife Hole, Sebastopol and Belgravia. The area around the base of the viaduct where these settlements were is now a scheduled ancient monument. Over 100 men died during the construction of Ribblehead Viaduct due to accident, fighting and an outbreak of smallpox. In addition to these men they were over 100 more deaths amongst the women and children of their families who lived in the camps. Many are buried in the nearby ST Leonards Church, Chapel-le-Dale where there is a plaque erected in the church in their memory.

The Midland Railway had planned a route through the area from the early 1860's and despite trying to withdraw from the planned line, which was rejected by parliament in April 1869 they commenced work in November 1869. By July 1870 the foundations were being constructed and the first stone was laid in October 1870. The plan had originally been for 18 arches but this changed in 1872 and it was decided 24 arches would be better for the design. Despite the change work continued at a good pace and by the end of 1874 the stone work was complete. The first goods train crossed the viaduct in August 1875, followed by the first passenger train in May 1876.

Ribblehead Viaduct
The viaduct is 400m long and 32m high at the highest point across the valley. The 24 arches have a span of approx. 14m and the foundations are 7.6m deep underground. It is the longest single structure on the Settle to Carlisle line and probably the most famous. There is the Ribblehead Railway Station approx. 1/2 mile south of the viaduct and the area is popular with walkers, there is also the Station Inn which offers accommodation, food and drink in the shadow of the Viaduct.

The story of the Ribblehead Viaduct may have ended if it wasn't for a plan by British Rail to close the line in the early 1980's. They argued that the high cost of repairing the viaduct and other structures along the route made the continued running of the line uneconomical. Between 1981 and 1984 over £100000 was spent on repairs to the viaduct and by the mid 1980's the track across had been reduced to single status with a 20mph speed limit. In November 1988 the Viaduct was given Grade II listed status and by this time a major campaign group had formed to fight the closure threat. Due to there campaigning and increased passenger numbers the line was saved from closure by 1989 and the viaduct underwent major repairs until 1991.

Ribblehead (Batty Moss) Viaduct, North Yorkshire.
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The Station Inn and Wherndale Peak.

Ribblehead Viaduct Aug 76

Sign at the Ribblehead Viaduct

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Saturday, 13 June 2020

St Marys Church, Kirkby Lonsdale

The Parish Church of Kirkby Lonsdale, or by it's official name St Mary the Virgin is a Grade I listed Anglican place of worship overlooking the River Lune in the town of Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.

Standing on it's current site since the 12th Century, with some of the architecture being of Norman build the church has many influences in it's build due to various rebuilds during it's history. In the 14th century the church was extended by rebuilding the north and south walls further out. further developments in the early 16th century included the addition of a new clerestory, pinnacles and battlements, these were removed during further refurbishments in 1807 as a new roof was added. Again the church was remodelled in 1866 by E.G Paley who once raised the roof, re-floored the chancel, added a south porch amongst many other developments.

In the grounds are a number of Grade II listed monuments and a 2 storey octagonal stone gazebo thought to date from the late 18th century. It was moved to it's current location to the north of ST Mary's from the garden of the vicarage.

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Inside St Marys Church, Kirkby Lonsdale
The pillar to the right with the raised pattern is of Norman build.

Gazebo and Headstones at St Marys Church, Kirkby Lonsdale
The Gazebo that was moved to the church grounds from the vicarage.

Headstones at St Mary's, Kirkby Lonsdale

St Marys Church, Kirkby Lonsdale

St Mary's Church Gazebo, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Sundial at St Marys Churchyard, Kirkby Lonsdale
The sundial is a replica of an earlier 18th century one used to tell the local time in Kirkby Lonsdale. The original can still be seen in the church.

Victorian Christening Font in St Marys Churchyard, Kirkby Lonsdale
Now a feature of the garden, this Victorian Christening Font was used for over 150 years.

St Marys Church, Kirkby Lonsdale
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