Saturday, 19 October 2019

Piece Hall, Halifax

The picture I have taken of the Piece Hall were done on a few occasions, the building being one of historical interest and basically it's on my doorstep. My first visit with a camera was in December 2013, armed with just a Samsung Tablet this was around the time I was just starting to take an interest in photography. I wanted to take a few pictures as the hall was due to close in January 2014 for a 3 year, £19million restoration project. I then returned in 2017 after the Piece Hall had reopened and you can see the transformation of the building from a tired old space to a shopping, leisure and community space.

The following album shows all my pictures available to view on Flickr.

Piece Hall, Halifax

The Piece Hall was opened on the 1st January 1779 as a place for people to trade cloth they had produced. As the cloth industry became larger and more industrialised the hall saw a decline in traders and was purchased by the Halifax Corporation in 1868 with conversion to a wholesale market following soon after. This is how the remained until 1971 when the wholesale market was dispersed and demolition of the hall was considered. Over the following years the hall underwent a refurbishment and was reopened as a tourist destination on the 3rd July 1976 including shops, museum and an art gallery. There was also an open air market added during this era before once again declining visitor numbers had the now Calderdale Council considering the best way forward for the building. A plan was put together with funding from various sources to refurbish the hall and it closed to the public on the 16th January 2014 to undergo a 3 year long refurb. The hall was reopened on the 1st August 2017 (Yorkshire Day) and provides restaurants, bars, shops and live entertainment including music concerts and has been the starting point for the Tour de Yorkshire.

Granted Grade I listed status on the 3rd November 1954, the reasons given for this were as follows

Historic interest
Rarity. It is the only remaining cloth hall in Yorkshire
Architectural interest
Architectural layout.

The hall is overlooked by Beacon Hill and the Square Church spire, which is all that remains of the church damaged by fire and partially demolished in the 1970's. The spire now forms part of the recently opened Halifax Central Library.

The hall also has a couple of supernatural stories linked with it, don't all old buildings. One of the units in the south west corner of the hall is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl known as Amy. The TV show Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns also broadcast from the hall in March 2006. In a segment of the show broadcast from the cellars at the hall, he claimed to have made contact with spirits known as Mary and another one known as Joseph. Another story from the hall is of the Hand Prints. Many local legends spring from these, at the westgate entrance to the hall are a pair of hand prints on the wall, sadly although still visible not as much as they once were. A couple of the more popular theories are that a local with was responsible for the prints, or the more well known story is that they were put there by a murderer as he was making his escape.

The following are a few on my pictures taken around the hall. They are also viewable in the Flickr album above.

Piece Hall Eastern Entrance (2017)

Towards the Piece Hall's North Western Corner (2017)

Piece Hall and Square Church Spire (2017)

Piece Hall North East Corner (2013)

Piece Hall Looking North (2013)

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Saturday, 12 October 2019

McInroy's Point, Portavadie and Back to Hunter's Quay

This set of pictures was taken in December 2015 whilst taking a delivery to Portavadie, Argyll & Bute, Scotland. At the time I was taking a delivery of Doors to a redevelopment near Portavadie Marina and realising I would probably never be in this area again snapped a number of pictures.

The journey started at the ferry terminal McInroy's Point, Gourock on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth and once across the Forth took in a number of A and B roads until I reached Portavadie on Scotland's west coast a distance of over 30 miles. The journey is one of outstanding views and passes through a number of small settlements as well as Tarsan Dam, Kylies of Bute, Holy Loch, Riddon Loch and Striven Loch.

The pictures were taken on the 15th December 2015 using a Polaroid is2132 bridge camera.

The clip features all the images in a slide show video. The images below are a selection of the ones pictured on Flickr and Clickasnap that were taken on the journey. The rest can be seen on the Flickr album or video above.

McInroy's Point Pier, Scotland
McInroy's Point ferry terminal, the start of the journey.

Ardnadam Pier, Argyll & Bute
Ardnadam Pier

Snow Capped Scottish Hillside

Tarsan Dam, Scotland
Tarsan Dam

Loch Striven
Loch Striven

Portavadie, Argyll and Bute

Kyles of Bute, Scotland
Kyles of Bute

Loch Riddon
Loch Riddon

Hunter's Quay and the Holy Loch Shore
Hunter's Quay and Holy Loch

The full set of 69 pictures can be seen below,
Gourock to Portavadie, Scotland

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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Watford North Railway Station

Watford North is a railway station serving the Hertfordshire suburb of North Watford. It is the first stop on the Abbey Line, a branch line that runs from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey. The station is adjacent to the Bushey Mill Lane Level crossing.

Watford North Railway Station

The line from Watford Junction to St Albans opened in 1858, with the station at Watford North not following until October 1910. Upon opening the station was called Callowland, which then was a developing residential and industrial area north of Watford, which in 1927 led to the station being renamed North Watford which is the name it has retained since. The station has been unmanned since the infamous Beeching cuts of the early 1960's and has fought off closure threats a number of times.

There have been plans to improve services along the line and at the station in recent years but to date non have come to pass, these include a passing loop nearby to increase services from the current 45min mins each way to less than 30. There was also a plan to run trams along the route in recent years as well as extending the branch line to terminate at St Albans City Railway Station.

These pictures were taken with my Sony phone on the 9th July 2018. The following are taken from the album of 5 shown above.

Train Leaving Watford North

Watford North Station

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