Sunday, 19 January 2020

Ravensthorpe Railway Station

Ravensthorpe Railway Station is a small suburban stop on the Huddersfield Line between Mirfield and Dewsbury. West Yorkshire. A little used station with only 35342 passengers using it in 2018 - 19, approx. 680 people per week, you can't help but think it would be a much busier with station if platforms were added to the lines towards Wakefield which branch off just before arriving at Ravensthorpe. 

Opened in 1890 this was the 2nd station to serve the area with the first station opening in 1869 on the Ravensthorpe branch of the Spen Valley Line. This station was closed in 1962. This station was built with a good shed to attract freight traffic, some 42 years after the line was opened and quite grand station buildings which were listed prior to a fire which led to them being demolished and replaced by basic shelters. The station has a unique character which is hard to explain, it's location in an industrial suburb of Dewsbury means it should have the feel of a busy commuter but when your stood on the platforms you get the feel of rural countryside stop.

The station has basic facilities with limited shelters on both platforms, no toilets or ticket purchase machines. There are information boards and timetables, the station is unstaffed. Access to platform 2 is via the bridge and steps.

There are a total of 16 pictures of the station taken on 2 occasions, they can all be seen here and on Flickr, with selected ones also available to view and download on Clickasnap.

Ravensthorpe Railway Station.
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Different Directions Merged

The Red Bridge Crossing.

Station Bridge at Ravensthorpe

Train at Ravensthorpe Station

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Saturday, 18 January 2020

From Hull, Hell & Halifax, Good Lord Deliver Us. The Halifax Gibbet

The Halifax Gibbet is a set of 8 pictures I took on a couple of occasions whilst passing. The current gibbet is a replica of the original method of execution sat upon a raised refurbished platform that was the site of the original gibbet. The full set of pictures can be seen here and on Flickr with a couple of the pictures also available to view on Clickasnap.

Halifax Gibbet
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The Halifax Gibbet was a guillotine used for public execution, first used locally in the 13th century, some 500 years before it became more popularly associated with the French Revolution. The first man executed on the gibbet was John of Dalton in 1286, with the last thought to have been John Wilkinson and Anthony Mitchell of Sowerby who met their fate on the 30th April 1650. Between them dates their were 52 confirmed executions although it is widely believed that over 100 took place. 

The gibbet was built centrally upon a platform 4ft high and 13ft square. The gibbet stood approx. 15ft high with the blade fastened to a block of wood between 2 lengths of wood. The blade was fixed in to place by a pin which was withdrawn by a cord at the moment of executions. The blade was approx. 10 inch x 8 inch in size and was not sharp, relying on speed and weight part the criminals body with head. The criminals were charged under Gibbet Law.

The Gibbet law required that any thief who was caught stealing or who confessed to stealing cloth, goods, or animals within the boundaries of Sowerbyshire or the Forest of Hardwick, of which Halifax was part to the value of 13 1/2d, with the value assed by 4 constables, would be arrested. The criminal would then be tried by a jury and if convicted, they would then be places in the town stocks for 6 days and then executed on the 7th day on the gibbet. Gibbet Law made no allowances for man or women and it is known that at least 5 women were executed by this method. They were as follows,

July 13th 1588 Wife of Thomas Roberts, Halifax
February 22nd 1603 Wife of Peter Harrison, Bradford
November 23rd 1623 George Fairbank & his illegitimate daughter Anna
July 5th 1627 Wife of John Wilson, Northowram
December 8th 1627 Sarah Lum, Halifax

The Gibbet Law allowed for an accused to escape the blade, it said that if the accused was able to with draw his head after the pin was released, and escape across the Hebble Brook, the then boundary approx. 500 yards from the gibbet, then they would be free. 2 men are said to have escaped the blades justice, a Mr Dinnis, and more well known John Lacey also known as the Running Man. In 1617 he escaped the gibbet by running beyond the boundary defined as the Forest of Hardwick or Sowerbyshire after the blades release. Unfortunately for him whilst Gibbet Law allowed for you to escape the punishment, provided you never returned to the boundaries prescribed in the law. He returned to Halifax a few years later, was captured and executed on the 29th January 1623.

The gibbet was outlawed by Oliver Cromwell in 1650, the last 2 victims of it's harsh justice,  Mr Anthony Mitchell who was convicted of stealing 16 yards of cloth, valued at 9 shillings, and a Mr Abraham Wilkinson who was convicted of stealing 2 horses, one valued at 9 shillings and the other 48 shillings. They were executed on the same day April 30th 1650.

The site was lost to time, hidden beneath rubbish and soil until a Mr Bates bought the land in 1839 to build a warehouse. In June that year workmen discovered the bodies and heads of 2 people, thought to be Mitchell and Wilkinson and further excavation revealed the gibbet platform. This was eventually restored and in August 1974 a 15ft high replica of the gibbet was constructed upon the platform to highlight it's grisly past. The original gibbet blade is still in existence, having thought to have been lost it was discovered in 1970 at a solicitor's office in Wakefield, it can now be seen at the Bankfield Museum, Halifax.

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The Gibbet, Halifax

Halifax Gibbet

The Last View.

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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Crow Wood Park, Sowerby Bridge

Crow Wood Park, Sowerby Bridge is a public park built on the site of the former Crow Wood Mansion. Situated at Upper Bolton Brow the park is approx. 5.49 hectares in size and features a skate board area in the former bandstand, bowling green, gardens, tennis courts and children's play area. The park was renamed on the 4th August 2014 to Crow Wood Centenary Park to mark 100 years since the start of the first World War.

The park was originally the site of Crow Wood Mansion and during the World War 1, it was used as a hospital which was closed on the 5th March 1920. In May 1919 the then Sowerby Bridge Council recommended the purchase of the house and estate for use as a public park, maternity home and child welfare centre. The house stood near what are the modern day tennis courts and gardens and was demolished prior to the opening of Crow Wood Park in April 1923. The Memorial gate was unveiled at the park on the 10th November 1929 to remember those who died during the Great War, and now commemorates all the dead of both world wars who served from the Sowerby Bridge area. The park had a bandstand added in 1930 which gives a good view across all the surrounding park land, this is now a skate board area, not being used for bands as long as I can remember. There was also a paddling pool at the park for some years but this has been removed and is now a car park near the garden area.

There are a total of 10 pictures which I took at the park on New Years Day morning, they can be seen, on Flickr and on Clickasnap. They were taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

Crow Wood Park
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Gardens at Crow Wood Park

Crow Wood Park Memorial Gates

Crow Wood Park

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Green Park Tube Station

Green Park Tube Station is just 2 quick pictures I took whilst leaving the Jubilee Line stop in May 2019. It was my first experience on the tube despite having visited London many times, I had always avoided it as people I spoke to in London never seemingly had a good word to say about it. On this day I had my arm twisted by my daughter and gave it a go, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the frequency, service and the people using the service. Definitely a thumbs up from me.

Green Park Tube Station is a stop on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines in London, the pictures are of the Jubilee Line stop. The Jubilee Line was opened in stages with stage 1 opened by Prince Charles officially opening the line with a journey from Green Park to Charing Cross on the 30th April 1979. The full line finally completed in 1999 from Stanmore, North-West London to Stratford, East London.

The station sits in the City of Westminster local authority and is in fare zone 1. It is a Grade II listed building with the status granted on the 30th May 1972. In 2017 over 39.24million passengers used the station at an average of approx. 756000 per week, or 108000 per day.

There are 2 pictures in total which can be seen here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap where you can also download then if you wish. Sadly due to people recently passing my images off as there own I am now putting a small watermark on them in the hope that they will credit me in future.

Green Park Tube Station

Green Park Tube Station

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Saturday, 11 January 2020

Low Moor Railway Station, Bradford

Low Moor Railway Station is a new station on the Caldervale line between Bradford and Halifax, West Yorkshire. Opened in April 2017 at a cost of £10.8 million pounds the station serves the villages of Low Moor and Oakenshaw and it's location close to the M62 and M606 motorways see's it promoted as a park and ride station.

The station has limited facilities with a small shelters of both platforms, there are card only ticket machines that mean tickets must be purchased prior to travel. The station is unmanned and has no refreshments, toilets or cash machines available. Access to the platforms is via steps or lift. The station was used by 133600 passengers in 2017 - 18 or approx. 2570 per week, and this figure will only continue to grow as recent timetable changes mean more stops at the station. 

The first station at Low Moor was opened at the same location in July 1848, and it's early years saw the station very busy as it was the terminus for both the line from Halifax and the Spen Valley line which ran through Heckmondwike, Liversedge and Cleckheaton. The line through to Bradford not complete until 1850. The station remained busy until the 1960's when it was marked for closure along with the Spen Valley route by the infamous Dr Beeching, with closure arriving on the 14th June 1965 to passengers with goods traffic withdrawn 2 years later.

The set of 15 pictures were taken on the December 30th 2019 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. They can be seen here and on Flickr with selected ones also available to view on Clickasnap. Sadly due to recently becoming aware of 6 occasions where people have taken my pictures and claimed them as there own in other groups ETC, I have now started to tag each picture with my name, I am aware that it may not solve the problem but it may encourage people to credit me as the photographer. All I ask of anyone if they copy or share my pictures is they credit them to me.

Low Moor Railway Station
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Low Moor Railway Station, West Yorkshire

Low Moor Railway Station, West Yorkshire

Low Moor Railway Station, West Yorkshire

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Saturday, 4 January 2020

Sowerby Bridge, New Years Day

Sowerby Bridge is a market town in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire. The town originally was a crossing point for travellers to pass over the River Calder whilst journeying between Yorkshire and Lancashire. The town takes it's name from the nearby hill settlement of Sowerby and the bridge that crossers the River Calder near the town centre. The town grew during the industrial revolution as textiles and engineering industry was created using the Rivers Calder and Ryburn to power the mills. The town suffered as these industries declined and it has now become more of a tourism destination popular with canal boaters.

The town is the confluence of the River Calder & Ryburn, the Junction for the Calder & Hebble Navigation & Rochdale Canal's.  The canal was blocked in Sowerby Bridge from the 1960's until the 1990's, the reopening of this section through Tuel Lane tunnel and the building of the deepest inland canal lock in the UK allowing boats to travel through Yorkshire to Manchester for the first time in over a quarter of a century.

The town was also a railway junction for over 70 years when the Rishworth Branch line headed away from the station up the Ryburn Valley until closure in the 1950's. Originally planned as a shorter alternative route to Littleborough the line was only completed to Rishworth. The station was a much larger one because of it's junction status until the closure of the branch and the main station building being destroyed by fire in 1978 and demolished shortly after.

The town is often heavily congested with traffic, so knowing this would not be the case early on New Years Day I took an opportunity to picture the main streets whilst traffic was minimal. The walk I took was along the main street from Pye Nest to the east of the town through to the West End area of Sowerby Bridge, picturing some places of interest away from the main route. There are a total of 41 pictures taken that can be seen here and full size on Flickr. Additional ones can also be seen and downloaded from Clickasnap.

Sowerby Bridge, New Years Day 2020
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County Bridge & Town Hall from Under Sowerby Bridge Viaduct.

Carlton Mill, The Chimney and Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge

River Calder, Sowerby Bridge

Sowerby Bridge Wharf Entrance

Victoria Road Bridge & River Ryburn, Sowerby Bridge

Sowerby Bridge Sunrise

Jubliee Refreshment Room, Sowerby Bridge Train Station

It should be pointed out that the building often referred to as the town hall was never actually Sowerby Bridge Town Hall. It was built in the hope that Sowerby Bridge Council would purchase the hall from the developers but this never happened. The clock is owned by the people of Sowerby Bridge and the building until recently was a branch of Lloyds Bank.

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Smithy Bridge Railway Station

Smithy Bridge Railway Station is a 2 platform railway stop on the Caldervale Line between Leeds and Manchester in Northern England. The station is unstaffed and has limited facilities with small shelters on both platforms, information boards at the platform entrances, and ticket machines for collecting and purchasing tickets prior to travel. Both platforms are accessible via ramps rather than steps and there is a small car park between the station and Rochdale Canal, passengers are advised this is not the property of the station though. The platforms are both adjacent to the level crossing which carries Smithy Bridge Road that runs up to Hollingworth Lake. During 2017/18 the station was used by 167000 passengers or approx. 3211 per week.

Smithy Bridge Station was originally opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in October 1868, nearly 30 years after the line through Smithy Bridge was opened to Littleborough. This station remained in use until closure by British Rail in May 1960. There the story ends until finance was provided by Greater Manchester PTE and the new current station was opened on the 19th August 1985 on the site of the original station. Immediately to the east of the station is a level crossing which used to be controlled by a signal box on the opposite side of the road to the station. This was taken out of use in 2014 and has been demolished.

I took a total of 9 images on what was sadly a dull overcast day, they were taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera on the 27th December 2019. They can be seen here and on Flickr with selected ones available to view and download on Clickasnap.

Smithy Bridge Railway Station
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Smithy Bridge Railway Station

Train Exiting Smithy Bridge Station
Smithy Bridge Platforms End.

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Saturday, 28 December 2019

West View Park, Highroad Well, Halifax

West View Park is a public park opened in 1896 and covering approx. 14 acres in the Highroad Well area of Halifax. Built on the site of a former quarry on land donated by Lord Saville, the park was the idea of Mr Henry Charles McCrea and Mr Enoch Robinson who paid for the parks development provided the local council took over responsibility for the future upkeep of the park. The park features formal gardens, play areas and a terrace. The park was named West View at the insistence of McCrea, reflecting the views over the Norland Hillside, Pennines and Calder Valley to the west of Halifax. 

In 1904 a war memorial was added to the terrace area to commemorate the 2 soldiers who died in the Afghan Wars (1839-42 / 1878-81) and the 73 who lost their lives in the South African War (1899-1902). The statue stands at 76ft (23mts) and was blown over in 1937. When unveiled the it was surrounded by 3 fields guns but theses were removed also in 1937. The statue was given Grade II listed status on the 23rd November 1973.

The full set of 15 pictures was taken in February and October 2019 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. They can all be seen here, and on Flickr with some also viewable on Clickasnap where they can be downloaded best quality for a small fee.

West View Park, Halifax
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Afghan & South Africa War Memorial at West View Park, Halifax.

West View Park, Halifax

Drinking Fountain and Cobbled Path at West View Park, Halifax

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Saturday, 21 December 2019

Top 3 YouTube Videos of 2019

I look on my YouTube channel as a bit of something different where I try different things out without a particular focus on anything, although the stats suggest that mainly the scenic driving videos are of interest to most people. As the end of the year is nearly upon us I thought it may be of interest to share the stats on my top 3 videos of 2019.

The 3rd most popular video of 2019 is titled as Road views of Britain, A Drive through Jedburgh. Uploaded in November 2013 the video was viewed over 1100 times in 2019, giving it a total of 5355 views from the date of uploading. It shows a time lapse video of a journey through the Scottish border town of Jedburgh filmed during 2013.


The 2nd most watched video of mine on YouTube in 2019 is my most watched since starting my Channel in 2013. It was filmed and uploaded in October 2013 and shows me driving across the England Scotland border at Carter's Bar and was watched over 3100 times in 2019 gaining me an additional 5 subscribers.


My most popular video of 2019 was a filmed in November 2019 and uploaded shortly afterwards showing the MSC Lirica cruise ship sailing past ST Marks, Venice on it's way to docking. It has been watched over 3600 times since I uploaded it on the 4th December 2018.


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Saturday, 14 December 2019

4 from York

Not the usual haunts in York, I was there just doing some shopping with my wife and daughter in August 2019 and whilst I had my camera to hand, I didn't have the time to get around some of the more popular places in York. There are a total of 4 pictures which can be seen here, on Flickr and Clickasnap, with the ones there also available to download for a small fee.

They were taken near Waterstones Bookstore on Coney Street, York.

Coney Street, York

Church Tower of St Martin Le Grande, York

River Ouse Towards Station Road Bridge, York

River Ouse, York

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Sunday, 8 December 2019

Walsden Railway Station

Walsden Railway Station serves the village of Walsden, formerly part of Lancashire now firmly in West Yorkshire a couple of miles to the west of Todmorden. The first station here was opened in 1845 between the iron bridge and Winterbuttlee Tunnel, the bridge built in 1890 is the only remains of the original station which closed in August 1961. The station used to have a level crossing which has been the scene of a few injuries and deaths, this was removed and the current station was built upon the site of the crossing. It is has a stream running underneath the station close to the iron bridge which regularly causes the station and line to be flooded during heavy rains. It was also the only place in the greater Todmorden area to be bombed during the 2nd World War.

The current station opened in September 1990 a few metres east of the original station site, and averages approx. 2100 passengers per week (2017-18 figures). There are limited facilities at the station with only small shelters to provide protection from the weather. There are electronic information boards and ticket machines, the station unstaffed.

There are a total of 10 pictures taken at the station on August 27th 2017 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. They can be seen here, full size on Flickr, and selected ones can be seen on my Clickasnap account and purchased as downloads.

Walsden Railway Station
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Walsden Original Station Site and Winterbuttlee Tunnel
Train Passing Walsden Station Bridge
Train at Walsden Station Platform 2

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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Church of the Holy Ascension. Settle Parish Church

Settle Parish Church, or by it's official name Church of the Holy Ascension sits near the centre of the small market town of Settle, North Yorkshire. The church was designed by Thomas Rickman and consecrated on the 26th October 1838 and parts of the interior were remodelled in 1998. Sadly I haven't been able to find much information on the church online and I don't live near enough to call in and ask around.

The pictures were taken on August 23rd 2019 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

Settle Parish Church
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Settle Parish Church 1

Interior of Settle Parish Church

Lych Gate at Settle Parish Church

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Sunday 1st December 2019, a set of 6 Pictures from Sowerby Bridge

Only a small selection and of no particular subject, on the day I was just taking a walk down to my local supermarket via the more scenic route over the Rochdale Canal and River Calder.

My initial picture shows the Rochdale Canal from the iron footbridge. The bridge that crossers the Rochdale Canal is known locally as the Sowerby Bridge Footbridge but it's actual name is the Co-Operative Bridge and it was built to allow workers easier access to the mills that used to be on the opposite side of the canal from the terraced housing. My walk then went along Hollins Mill Lane in the direction of Route 66 cycle way and my final pictures were of the former mill weir at Hollins. The weir was badly damaged by floods a few years ago and now a large part of it has been washed away.

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The Canal, Sowerby Bridge

Rochdale Canal From Co-Op Bridge, Sowerby Bridge

River Calder and the Weir

Weir at Hollins Mill, Sowerby Bridge

Hollins Mills Weir, Sowerby Bridge

Co-Op Bridge, Sowerby Bridge

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