Sunday, 16 February 2020

Copley Toll Bridge. Before and after the 2015 Boxing Day Floods

I have previously posted about the bridge at Copley and its replacement in November 2017.  Click here to view the post which gives more information, history and pictures of the original bridge and it's replacement. I was reminded of the damaged bridge due to the recent flooding again through the Calder Valley caused by Storm Ciara, and so far anyway the threat of flooding by Storm Dennis, as well as recently acquiring a Victorian picture of the bridge at it's finest, which will be posted below I thought would revisit my original pictures taken in February 2014 showing the bridge in good condition, my set taken on New Years Day 2015 showing the badly damaged bridge. I'm not gonna go over the details previously posted about the history of the bridge, they can be seen via the link above.
This Victorian picture is one I recently purchased of the bridge, I am informed that it is out of copyright protection but have no details as to who took it or owned the copyright so am unable to credit them. I will happily do this if it advised who to credit.

The following 3 were taken in February 2014.

Copley Toll House and Former Bridge 2014

Copley Toll Bridge 2014

Copley Toll Bridge 2014

The following 3 images were taken on New Years Day 2016, the week after the floods destroyed the bridge.

Destroyed Copley Toll Bridge after the 2015 Boxing Day floods

Copley Toll Bridge Remains after the Boxing Day 2015 Floods.

Remains of Copley Toll Bridge after the 2015 Boxing Day Floods

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Historic Pictures of Sowerby Bridge

Historic pictures of Sowerby Bridge is a set of 3 YouTube videos I have done featuring images taken in various areas of the town of Sowerby Bridge taken in the last 150 years. The images are part of a collection I recently acquired and I am advised are all public domain, copyright free images with some being part of a Lilywhites postcards collection of over 100 years plus in age. If I am not informed correctly regarding the copyright then I will happily credit or remove the picture at request.




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Kincardine Bridge, Scotland.

Kincardine Bridge is a new video I have uploaded to YouTube showing a crossing of the bridge in both directions in November 2019.

The bridge crossers the River Forth approx. 25 miles north west of Edinburgh, and was the nearest road crossing to Scotland's Capital until the Forth Road Bridge opened in 1964. Kincardine Bridge is still the alternative crossing to the Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing when they are closed or restricted due to accidents or severe weather. The bridge connects the boroughs of Falkirk and Fife.

Built between 1932 and 1936 by designers Sir Alexander Gibb and Architect Donald Watson, the opening having been delayed due to a steam ship crashing into the construction in February 1935. The decision to build the bridge having been made when traffic levels at Stirling Bridge, which then was the nearest point of crossing the Forth other than by ferry had risen from approx. 150 per hour in 1922 to over 400 per hour by 1932. Built with a central section a of 364ft that acted as a swing bridge to allow ships to pass through to the Port of Alloa, this section remaining in use until 1988 and being locked shut in 1989. The mechanics are still there to operate the swing bridge but it is unlikely ever to be used again. The bridge has a total length of 2697ft and cost £327000 to build. Whilst still in use it was replaced as the main bridge crossing in 2008 by the Clackmannanshire Bridge which cost £120 million to complete.


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Saturday, 8 February 2020

Road Views of Britain, A Drive from Ross on Wye to Monmouth.

A drive from Ross on Wye to Monmouth is a new video I have uploaded to YouTube. The stretch of road driven along is probably one of the most scenic in Britain and the video takes in approx. 12 miles from the end of the M50 motorway, along the A449 and A40 and completes just after I emerged from the Gibraltar tunnel at Monmouth. It was filmed on a dash cam from a higher up vantage point than normal as I was driving a long in my DAF XF truck.

The video was filmed on Wednesday January 29th 2020.


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Saturday, 1 February 2020

Vintage War Posters

A few years ago I bought a collection of copyright free posters and images off a collector and if I'm honest I was stuck for an idea of what to do with them, so they just sat on a hard drive waiting. I recently remembered I had them and came up with tidying them up a little and using them as slideshows for my YouTube channel.

The first set of pictures I used were selected from an album of wartime posters featuring propaganda for women to work, men to be recruited to various forces, rationing, promoting peace and nationalism. They are taken from many conflicts and various countries involved. I have done this slideshows more as a historical propaganda show reel rather than promoting conflict and they are to show how propaganda was used to help with wartime efforts.




I will be working on more over the next few weeks to upload to my YouTube channel from travel posters to vintage pin ups to more wartime posters as well as continuing to upload my own collection of images. Click here and take a moment to subscribe to my YouTube channel. The vintage pin ups will not be posted here but will be available to view on YouTube. Below is a selection of the posters featured in the videos