Friday, 30 March 2018

Portinatx Pirate Tower.

Ibiza has always been a popular destination for visitors welcome or unwelcome. The islands position in the Mediterranean meant that people travelling between Europe and Africa often used it as a stopping off point during the journey. During the growth of Ibiza during this time the island also became a target for invaders and pirates who attacked the island due to it's trade links, fertile soils, salt which was a valuable commodity, harvests and population which was spread across the island and difficult to protect, often these were sold in to slavery after capture.

As time went by the islanders developed a series of lookouts from high points along the coast, and by the 16th century these had started to be developed in to the pirate towers which are scattered around the island today. The first ones were built around the main population centres Ibiza Town, San Antonio and Santa Eulalia. By the 18th century there was approx. 15 towers around the island including the one that still stands at Portinatx.

They were primarily built as shelter for the lookout but were stocked with muskets, shot, gun powder and small cannon. They usually had there entrance built approx. 10 feet above the ground accessible via a rope ladder that would be raised at the first sign of trouble. Because of the high access boiling water / oil was sometimes poured upon attackers trying to climb the outside walls. The warning was done via smoke signals during daylight and fire through the night. Some of the walls were built 10 feet thick and no tower was successfully taken when attacked. Despite most towers having been restored, they are now mostly closed off to the general public with only the outside areas accessible. This is due to vandalism and their are even stories of ritual suicides having taken place within some of the towers.

The 4 pictures were taken in July 2014 using a Polaroid is2132 bridge camera. They are taken from my album of Portinatx Pictures.

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The Calder & Hebble Navigation. Copley Lane Bridge to Lister Bridge.

Continuing my collection of pictures taken on the Calder & Hebble Navigation canal through Calderdale. This selection of 15 pictures which can now be seen on Flickr, Clickasnap and here were taken between bridge 7 Copley Lane and bridge 8 Lister.

The distance between the bridges is 2.5 furlongs (0.3 Miles / 0.5kms) and the terrain is flat with no locks or notable points of interest. The pictures were taken between 2014 and 2016 using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera and a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

Copley Road Bridge to Lister Bridge on the Calder & Hebble Canal.

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Copley Lane Bridge over the Calder & Hebble.

The Calder & Hebble Navigation, Copley 1.

Ducks on the Canal at Copley.

Under Lister Bridge.
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Saturday, 24 March 2018

St Nicholas Church, Cumberworth, West Yorkshire.

St Nicholas Church, Cumberworth is an Anglican church in the Diocese of Leeds. This is the third church to have stood on the site. The first church is thought to have been built around 1255 and this was replaced by a 2nd church in the 17th century. This again was replaced in the 1870's although the bell tower is thought to be from the previous church. The bell towers houses 3 bells which were melted down and recast from the original bells during the 1960's. In the churchyard there is a set of well preserved Grade II listed stocks.

These pictures were taken in May 2016 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Willow Hall Dam, Sowerby Bridge 2013.

Willow Hall Dam 2013 is a set of  pictures taken in 2013.  They were taken on December 26th using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Willow Hall Dam is a small fishing lake in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. It is operated by Bradford No. 1 angling association. You would need there permission and have to pay a small fee to fish there. Some of the fish that are said to be in the lake include roach, perch, ide, bream, chub and pike. There is also according to the Fish Around website 2 catfish in it's water. There is room for about 18 anglers.

There are 2 lakes here and the upper lake acts as a barrier for the feeder streams that run in to from the surrounding hill side, the lower lake is the only one that appears to be fished in. The surrounding woodland is full of wildlife and makes for a picturesque setting.

The dam was built as part of the nearby Willow Hall Mills complex, only the dam remaining the mill now covered by a housing estate called Bentley Mount. The mill was the first in Britain to be lit by gas.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Ravensthorpe Railway Station, West Yorkshire

Ravensthorpe Railway Station serves the suburb of Ravensthorpe in the outer reaches of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Although the station is sited at the junction of 4 lines it only has 2 platforms serving the main line trains towards Huddersfield and Leeds, the Wakefield bound lines not offering no platforms or access to trains (I do wonder if this is a missed opportunity). The station is unmanned with limited facilities and crossing between the platforms only available via a bridge and steps. It currently handles approx. 820 passengers a week. There is an hourly service between Huddersfield and Leeds Monday to Saturday, with trains every 2 hours on a Sunday.

The station was opened in 1890, over 40 years after the line passed through Ravensthorpe. The original station buildings were listed but having been damaged by fire were demolished and replaced with basic station shelters in the 1990's. The station is one of Yorkshire least used despite serving the nearby town of Thornhill after it's station was closed in 1962.

Ravensthorpe Railway Station.
There are a total of 11 pictures taken at the station available to view here, on Flickr and Clickasnap. They were taken in April 2015 using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera.

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Ravensthorpe Station 4.

The way out of Ravensthorpe.

The Red Bridge Crossing.

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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Croydon Airport and a Batlle of Britian Memorial.

Croydon Airport, which was also known as London Airport is a industrial estate, that was the major airport for London in the 1920' - 30's. Located in South London it was developed as the main UK airport between the wars but the growth of the suburbs encroached on the airport and unable to expand the airport was replaced by Heathrow and Gatwick as London's main airport.

The airport is now a major industrial area, the former terminal buildings are still standing with the main terminal now known as Airport House, featuring a de Havilland Heron supported on struts as part of the entrance pathway to the building.
Under the Plane.
The entrance to the former airport terminal building.

There is a memorial to the flight crews based at Croydon a few hundred metres south of the former terminal building.
Battle of Britain Memorial, Croydon Airport.

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Croydon Airport

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Littleborough Railway Station, Greater Manchester.

Littleborough Railways Station is a 2 platform railway halt serving the town of Littleborough, Greater Manchester. It is the last station before the Summit Tunnel that runs underneath the Pennine hills separating Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire. The station is manned and features 2 staggered platforms, both have disabled access, basic shelters and ticket machines for when the ticket office is closed. The next station stop eastwards is Walsden, and Westward Smithy Bridge.

Littleborough Railway Station opened in July 1839 and was the terminus of the line for traffic on the western side of the Pennines until the Summit Tunnel was opened connecting the line with Yorkshire in 1841. The station once again became a terminus stop when the Summit Tunnel was closed due to a major fire in December 1984, it remained a temporary terminus until the line was reopened through the tunnel in August 1985.

There are a total of 13 pictures I took in and around the station on May 26th 2014 using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera. They can be seen here, on Flickr and Clickasnap via the links below.

The Station and the Spire.

Platform 1 at Littleborough Station.

The Canal besides the Station

Historic Railway Sign at Littleborough Station

Littleborough Railway Station.

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