Sunday, 28 January 2018

The Calder & Hebble at Winter. Sterne Mills Bridge to Copley Footbridge.

These are a set of new pictures taken on this stretch of the Calder & Hebble Navigation on the 29th December 2017. They have been added to my previous set of pictures taken on the canal between Sterne Mills Bridge (5) and Copley Footbridge (6).

There are a total of 17 pictures 11 of which can be seen here and on Flickr, with an additional 6 available via the links exclusively to Clickasnap.

Snow over Sterne Mills Bridge.

Canalside Woodland at Copley.





Trees alongside the Calder & Hebble.

Snow on the Calder & Hebble at Copley 5.



Snow on the Calder & Hebble at Copley 4.

Snow on the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Copley 3.



Snow on the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Copley 1.

Copley Footbridge over a Wintry Canal.





Steps to Copley Footbridge.

Copley Footbridge.

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 These have been added to the Sterne Mills Bridge to Copley Footbridge Album which can be seen full size on Flickr or by using the arrows on the picture below,

Sterne Mills to Copley Footbridge on the Calder & Hebble Navigation.

Devil's Bridge and Stanley Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Devil's Bridge and Stanley Bridge are 2 crossings within a few hundred feet of each other over the River Lune at Kirkby Lonsdale. These pictures were taken on April 4th 2015 using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera. There are a total of 16 different pictures to view, with 13 available here and on Flickr and an additional 3 exclusive to Clickasnap.

The Devil's and Stanley Bridges, Kirkby Lonsdale.
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Devil's Bridge.

Devil's Bridge was once the main road crossing over the River Lune but has been closed to traffic since 1932. It is thought to date from the 14th century and have been built by the monks of St Mary's Abbey, York. The bridge used to be popular for tombstoning, the deep pools underneath the main arch allowing people to jump with out much threat of injury. This was outlawed a few years ago but the bridge is still popular in the summer months as a destination for bikers riding up through the Yorkshire Dales. It was replaced as the main crossing over the river by the nearby Stanley Bridge. The bridge is Grade I listed.

Legend says that the Devil built the bridge in exchange for the first soul to cross after completion. A woman threw bread across for her dog to chase, so that the devil felt tricked as the dog was the first soul to cross the completed bridge.


Shows the area that people used to jump from and in to.

The River Lune, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale.

The River Lune and Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Stanley Bridge.

Built in the 1930's as a replacement crossing approx. 500ft south of Devil's Bridge. It carries the A65 road and was named after and opened by the Mayor of Kirkby Lonsdale, Oliver Stanley, on December 3rd 1932.

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Stanley Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale.

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Saturday, 27 January 2018

More images taken in London.

Another 7 pictures just taken whilst in London, 4 of planes that were flying over to land at Heathrow Airport taken from the Old Kent Road and 3 more of the River Thames taken from the south pier of the Woolwich Ferry. There are a total of 8 pictures, 6 which can be seen here and on Flickr and another 2 available to view via the links below on Clickasnap.

River Thames from Woolwich.

Plane over London 1.

River Thames.

Plane over London 2.

Woolwich and the River Thames.

Plane over London 3.

Taken in the early evening on the 4th February 2016 it shows the shadows of a building, chimney and crane as a plane flew over in the distance.

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These pictures have been added to the Flickr album below giving 16 pictures taken in London.

London Random Pictures.

The Calder & Hebble Navigation Canal. Copley Viaduct to Copley Lane Bridge.

The selection of pictures were taken along the banks of the Calder & Hebble Navigation Canal at Copley, West Yorkshire. They were taken between 2014 and the present day over a distance of 2 furlongs (0.25m / 0.4km) between bridge 6 Copley Railway Viaduct and number 7 Copley Lane Bridge.

There are a total of 19 pictures, 7 of which can be seen only on Clickasnap via the links below, and a further 12 available to view here or on Flickr.

Copley Viaduct to the Road Bridge on the Calder & Hebble Canal.
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The picture shows the canal eastward taken with my back to an out of view viaduct along the tow path. The picture was taken on the 1st February 2014 using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera, and is a sepia image.

Shows a colour image of the canal looking west along it's bank taken on the 11th June 2016 using  Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

Taken on the 1st February 2014 using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge Camera. It shows a colour picture taken looking east about half way along the canal bank.

Colour picture of the road bridge over the canal taken on the 1st February 2014 using a Polaroid iS2132 Bridge Camera.

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Copley Viaduct and the Canal.

Calder & Hebble Canal Path at Copley 2.

Flower at Copley on the Canal.
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Taken using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera on the 13th June 2015 as a narrowboat was passing under the arch of the Copley Viaduct.

Taken on the 13th June 2015 on the side of the canal, there was a flock of geese with what was I think 7 young geese and the 2 adult geese I assume to be the parents.

A black and white picture taken on the 7th May 2017 looking along the canal path.

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Canal At Copley, West Yorkshire.

Copley Road Bridge.

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Images from London.

These are just a set of 10 random images taken in London during 2014. My job takes me there regularly and they were mostly taken very quickly whilst sat waiting in various stationary traffic.
They can all be seen here or on Flickr full size.

Canary Wharf, O2 and Thames Flood Barrier.
Taken on September 4th 2014 from the Woolwich Ferry looking towards the O2, Thames Flood Barrier and Canary Wharf.

Tall Ship on the River Thames, Greenwich 3.

Tall Ship on the River Thames, Greenwich 1.
Also taken on the 4th September 2014 from the Woolwich Ferry. There was a festival on at the time I think it was the Greenwich Tall Ships Festival.

Ernest Bevan Ferry Woolwich.
Ernest Bevan Ferry pictured at the North Pier of the Woolwich Ferry in April 2014.

Former Kirk & Randall Building, Vauxhall, London.
The former Kirk and Randall electrical contractors building near the Vauxhall Bridge. Taken on February 19th 2014, I believe since the building has been renovated extensively.

Tall Ship on the River Thames.

Tall Ship on the River Thames, Greenwich 2
Again these 2 were taken during the 2014 Greenwich Tall Ships Festival.

Looking towards Thames Flood Barrier.
This panoramic was taken on the 1st April looking towards the Thames Flood Barrier.

James Newham Ferry.
James Newman Ferry in the middle of the River Thames pictured on April 1st 2014.

Battersea Power Station.
The former Battersea Power Station pictured from the Chelsea Embankment on February 19th 2014.

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Marsden Railway Station.

Marsden Railway Station is a train halt on the Huddersfield Line serving the village of Marsden, West Yorkshire. It is the last stop in Yorkshire on the line that connects Huddersfield with Manchester.

There are 11 pictures taken at and around the station. They can be seen on Flickr and Clickasnap and were taken in March 2015. There are 8 pictures on Flickr and here in the album below,

Marsden Railway Station
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The station pictured from the end of platform 1 looking towards the bridge and entrances.

The picture was taken from Station Road Bridge looking down on to lock 42E on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal with Platform 3 at the station visible beyond the trees.

Taken from Station Road Bridge looking down on to Platform 1 and 2 as trains were stopped in the station.

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Marsden Station Platform 2.

The station opened on the 1st August 1849, originally having 4 platforms, Platform 2 and 3 being an island platform and platform 4 sited near the current location of Platform 3. Platform 3 and 4 were removed in the early 1960's and the station was threatened with closure in 1968. The current platform 3 was added during the 1980's in the former good sidings and this is the only step free access to the station. There are limited facilities with small shelters, no toilet facilities, electric information boards and the station is unmanned.

Train Approaching Marsden Railway Station.

Marsden Railway Station Platform 3.

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Stoodley Pike Hill and Monument.

Stoodley Pike is a hill that overlooks the town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire. It is notable for the presence of the Stoodley Pike monument at it's summit. The hill and monument give outstanding views across the Calder Valley, with it's height letting you see for miles on a clear day.

The hill stands approx. 1300 feet (400m) in the South Pennines above the villages of Mankinholes and Lumbutts, not far from Withens Clough Reservoir. The monument is what the makes the hill notable as it can be seen for quite a distance along the valley bottom and even further amongst the surrounding hills.

Stoodley Pike Monument was designed in 1854 by James Green and completed in 1856 as the Crimean War was ending. It replaced an earlier monument completed in 1815 commemorating the defeat of Napoleon, which again is thought to have replaced an even earlier monument near the site. The cause of the 1815 structures collapse is due weathering and a lightning strike, the replacement was built further away from the edge due to this. The monument was repaired in the 1890's and during this a lightning conductor was added. Considering it's exposed position and the numerous lightning strikes that have hit it, the monument is in good structural condition.

I have visited a number of times over the last 5 years and took many pictures of the monument and surrounding views, but I have initially added 13 pictures to Flickr and Clickasnap

Stoodley Pike Monument and Surroundings.
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The monument features a balcony area (Approx. 40ft above the ground)  accessible via a internal spiral staircase of 39 steps. The steps are very dark so a torch really is needed to climb up these. A grill has been added to allow some light in to the stairs but I have always found this useless. The entrance to the stairs facers north and above it there is an faded inscription that reads as follows,

STOODLEY PIKE
A BEACON MONUMENT
ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
COMMENCED IN 1814 TO COMMEMORATE
THE SURRENDER OF PARIS TO THE ALLIES
AND FINISHED AFTER THE BATTLE OF
WATERLOO WHEN PEACE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1815.
BY A STRANGE COINCIDENCE
THE PIKE FELL ON THE DAY THE RUSSIAN
AMBASSADOR LEFT LONDON BEFORE THE
DECLARATION OF WAR WITH RUSSIA IN 1854.
WAS REBUILT WHEN PEACE WAS RESTORED IN
1856.
RESTORED AND LIGHTNING CONDUCTOR FIXED IN
1889.

The following pictures are a small selection of the ones from Flickr,
Stoodley Pike Monument at Dawn
Taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera on New Years Eve December 31st 2016 as dawn was breaking around the hill and monument.

Stoodley Pike Monument 1.
Taken on October 13th 2013 using a Galaxy Tablet, this was the first time I visited the monument with a camera to hand and along with the visit to Lanzarote earlier that year is probably what sparked a bit of a photography interest in me.

Bench below Stoodley Pike.
Taken on November 19th 2016 using a Nikon d3300 SLR on the walk up to the pike.

Dawn Breaks on New Years Eve.
Taken on December 31st 2016 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera looking south from the balcony of the monument as the sun was breaking.

There are still a number of pictures to post taken at and around the monument, I will add an additional post when I have added to my Flickr and Clickasnap photo streams.


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