Sunday, 16 January 2022

Tile Hill Railway Station

 Tile Hill Railway Station is unusual for in that it only features 1 pictures which was snapped quickly when arriving at the station to catch my train to Berkeswell, my train was just arriving. I am unlikely to return living some 100 miles away so will probably never add to it.

Tile Hill serves the suburbs of Coventry, in the West Midlands and is on the main line railway between London Euston and Birmingham New Street Stations. The station opened as Allesley Lane in 1850, before changing names to Allesley Gate in 1857 and finally assuming the name Tile Hill on April 1 1864. Built with staggered platforms either side of the Cromwell Lane level crossing the station remained unchanged until the 1960's when the electrification of the main line resulted in the station being completely rebuilt in its current form. The level crossing was replaced by a bridge in 2004 and the platform connecting bridge was constructed at the same time. 

The station has a ticket office which is open at various times 7 days a week, there are 2 trains per hour in the directions of Birmingham and London. The station has always been a busy station averaging approx 700,000 passengers per year until a combination of developments of the car parking and the current Covid 19 virus situation saw number drop to just 107,000 during the most recent period 2020-21, an average reduction of approx 11,000 passengers per week.

The picture was taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR on January 18 2017.


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Saturday, 15 January 2022

A Short Stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Bridge 199 to the Bottom of the Five Rise Locks

 The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is a 127 mile long canal that crossers the Pennines linking Leeds with Liverpool. Along it's route it passes many famous northern towns including Bramley, Shipley, Saltaire, Bingley, Keighley, Skipton, Nelson, Burnley, Blackburn, Leigh, Wigan and Aintree amongst many others.

The section I pictured was a short stretch from Bridge 199 to the bottom of the famous Five Rise Locks at Bingley, this being the first phase of the canal to be completed in 1773 from near to the top of the locks to Skipton, the locks opening in 1774 when the canal had been extended to Shipley.

All the pictures were taken on the July 9 2016 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. The first set shown were taken on the canal between Bridge 199 and the Five Rise Locks Cafe, more on the Five Rise Locks further down the page.

Bridge 199 carries Micklethwaite Lane across the canal.





The Five Rise Locks Cafe, the locks are behind the
position I am stood.

The Five Rise Locks are a staircase Lock that rises at a gradient of 59.2ft in a distance of just 320ft, these are the steepest flight of locks in the United Kingdom. The locks have a full-time lock keeper due to the complicated nature of navigating the five locks up or down, they require a lot of maintenance and often close during the quieter winter months to enable this.

The locks are Grade I listed having been granted this status on the August 9 1966, they were opened on March 21 1774 and it is said a crowd of over 30000 people turned up to celebrate the major feat of engineering, the first boat to navigate the locks took 28 minutes.

The top lock looking down across all 5 to the bottom. There is a bridge
across each lock and the depth of each is approx 50 - 60ft.


Each lock has a overflow like the one seen here to the bottom left
of the picture. This helps control the water levels when boats enter.




I took this to give some idea of how deep each lock is.


The bottom of the locks looking towards the top, the channel to the
right helps to remove the excess water from each lock
via the overflow.

Taken looking away from the bottom lock along the Leeds - Liverpool
Canal in the direction of Leeds. The Bingley Three Rise Locks are just
a short distance beyond the far end of the picture.

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Sunday, 9 January 2022

Lumbutts Mill Water Tower and Dams, New Years Eve 2016

 Lumbutts is a small community in the hills to the southeast of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, the area grew around the mill which was used as a corn mill until leased by Brothers Samuel and Robert Shaw with there business partners Abraham Crossley and Thomas Hughes who converted the mill for use in cotton spinning. In the early 19th century the water tower was built to house firstly 2 waterwheels and eventually a third which when completed gave the mill over 50 horsepower created by the waters 90ft fall through the 3 wheels. The tower had supply from 4 dams which were Mill D~am, Lee Dam, Heeley Dam and finally Gaddings Dam which sits 365 meters above see level on the moor above Lumbutts.

The area was the scene of the Mankinholes riots in 1838 when the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 led to a board of guardians making their first demand for £50 from the townsfolk which was refused. On November 14th, 16th and 21st 1838 riots broke out, and on November 24th a company of Dragoon Soldiers were despatched from Manchester to arrest all the men from Lumbutts Mill that had taken part in the riots.

The mill continued to provide employment until 1926, when the final 62 employees were either transferred or retired and Lumbutts Mill closed. The mill was demolished and only the Grade II listed water tower still remains. The site of the mill is now occupied by an activity centre.

Heeley Dam

Lee Dam


The Grade II Listed water tower built to house the waterwheels that
powered the mill. The chimney features a spiral staircase inside. Listed status
was granted on the 22 February 1984.

This bridge crossed one of the water inlets in to the dams,
I can't remember which dame it was .

Mill Dam and in the distance Stoodley Pike and Monument, The 
monument was built in 1856 to commemorate the end
of the Crimean War.


Jeremy Hill and Lee Dam.

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Ripponden Cobbles and a Church Spire

 Ripponden cobbles is a short road known as Priest Lane that runs down from the A58 Halifax Road, passing the Old Bridge Inn, crossing the River Ryburn before ending near to St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden. The picture below was taken just beyond the Old Bridge Inn looking up towards the A58.


The following 3 pictures show Ripponden Parish Church or St Bartholomew's by its better known name. They were taken at differing angles. 

St Bartholomew's Church occupies a site alongside the River Ryburn in what is considered the historic township of Barkisland, it is very much considered Ripponden now with Barkisland sitting atop the nearby hill overlooking Ripponden. The first place of worship to occupy the site was a small chapel which was consecrated in 1465. A much larger church was built as a replacement in 1610 and again this was replaced when a new church was opened in 1731. The 1610 church having been badly damaged by the flood of 1722 when the River Ryburn rose by over 20 foot, the flooding caused a few graves to be washed away and the deaths of 15 people who all lived nearby. 

The third church to occupy the site lasted until 1867 when the roof was in such a bad state of repair the building was closed and demolished to be replaced by the current St Bartholomew's which opened in June 1870. George Shaw of Saddleworth was the architect and builder. The church underwent repairs to the belfry in 1876, when the nearby Ripponden Mill burnt down and sparks from the fire reached the belfry.  There has only been minor alterations since with windows replaced and a new organ installed. There is a local legend that says the people of Barkisland refused to contribute to the cleaning of the church clock and that is why the clock facing Barkisland is left uncleaned.

The church pictured from across the River Ryburn near to
the Old Bridge Inn. The river rose over 20 feet in 1722.

The church pictured from the B6113 Elland Road (Ripponden Bank).The dirty
Barkisland facing clock face can be seen on the right of the spire.

The church pictured from the abandoned Rishworth Branch Line

The pictures were taken on the 29 April 2017 using a Nikon d3300. They can also be seen full size, resolution and un-watermarked on Clickasnap.

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Saturday, 8 January 2022

Copley Lane Canal Side Arches.

 I previously posted about these on 24 February 2018 and shared the images below in colour. I still haven't been able to find much out on there history, I remember in the 1980's growing up around Copley that you couldn't enter the top part which is now a seating area alongside the Calder & Hebble. It was surrounded by a high wall, it felt high to a 10 year old but probably wasn't and if memory serves me right had 2 concrete areas that funnelled down to a centre point (blocked off) that led to below. I moved away from the area for a few years and when I returned, the arches had been bricked up and seats placed to the front. The top area alongside the canal had been opened up, levelled off and seating had been installed there too.

My understanding is they were used to deliver coal for the local community via the canal, a barge laden with coal would park alongside the drops and then funnel it down to waiting delivery carts.

These pictures were taken on the 13 November 2013 using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. There are 4 which can be seen here or on Clickasnap where they are un-watermarked, full size and resolution.

The bricked up arch ways that were used to load carts on
Copley Lane. The Calder and Hebble Navigation canal
runs across the top. The picture below shows
the archers from a different angle.


The canal side seating area which used to be walled off and have
a funnel style central area. The canal is separated by a tow path that
runs between the wall and canal as seen below.


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Friday, 7 January 2022

Brighouse Library & The Smith Art Gallery.

Originally built as the Rydings in 1841 for miller John Brooke the buildings were bought by the town of Brighouse in 1897 and converted to the Brighouse Library. The grounds were converted in to a public park, indeed the first public park in Brighouse by Charles Kershaw in 1898.

The Smith Art Gallery was opened in May 1907, and named after William Smith a local mill owner who paid for the construction and much of the art featured in the gallery. It was opened by Princess Louise who was the first member of the royal family to visit Brighouse.
There are 2 galleries having originally had 4. The front gallery features an exhibition of oil paintings including works by John Atkinson Grimshaw, a Victorian era artist from Leeds, Marcus Stone an English painter from London and member of the Royal Academy, and Thomas Sydney Cooper, a landscape artist from Canterbury. 
The rear gallery host a constantly changing display, from local artists, touring exhibitions, photography and sculptures.

The pictures were taken on the 14 December 2013 using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. There are a total of 4 which were taken of the buildings around the grounds. They can also be seen un-watermarked, full resolution and size on Clickasnap.






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Sunday, 2 January 2022

Vinos El Campesino, Lanzarote

 Vinos el Campesino is a vin yard on the island of Lanzarote, I visited in 2013 whilst on a tour of the island and at that point was just starting to take an interest in photography as a hobby. The vines are grown in the surrounding plains in shallow pits dug in the ash, and protected by the constant breeze by low horseshoe style walling. The view from the front of the restaurant up to the mountains (I think they are mountains rather than big hills) is wonderful and the rows of vines in there little walled compartments was quite regimented. The Mountains (hills) are actually volcano craters with the Montana Blanca the more widely known of them.

On my visit there was a wine tasting and buffet meal which was reasonable for the price, which I am unable to remember but it was 9 years ago.

There are a total of 5 pictures which I took around the vin yard, they can be seen below or full size, resolution and un-watermarked on Clickasnap. They were taken on Tuesday 30th July 2013 using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.


The mountain, hill or volcano crater is the Montana Blanca


As you can see the vines are well organised in there horse show shaped
pits, this is to protect from the constant breeze.


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Thursday, 30 December 2021

The Ruins of the Church of St Thomas a' Becket

 Built sometime in late 12th - early 13th Century, the Heptonstall Parish Church was known as the Church of St Thomas a' Becket. It was also known as the chapel The Chapel of St Thomas the Martyr. It was built to serve the communities of Heptonstall, Erringden, Langfield, Stansfield and Wadsworth. The Priests were appointed and paid for by the Vicar of Halifax as the church was to serve the people to the west of Halifax.

The church was closed for a time around the turn of the 16th Century due to the murder of a priest, it was said he had performed an illicit marriage ceremony. The church underwent renovations in the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, and a new clock was installed in 1810. This was moved to the new church.

The church was damaged by a storm in 1847 which tore off the roof, damaged the tower and caused considerable damage to the churchyard. The church rate, a tax payable by all parishioners to support the parish church was insufficient to repair the damage. A new church was built in the same churchyard funded by voluntary subscription and this opened in 1854.

The church ruins still stand to this day and occasionally outdoor services are conducted in the remains of the St Thomas a' Becket. There are 9 pictures which can be seen below, they were taken on the 19 November 2016 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. I think the snowy weather added to the interest of the building on the day. They can also be seen on Clickasnap full size, resolution and un-watermarked.










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