Sunday, 23 August 2020

Blackpool Illuminations from the North Pier- Vintage Postcard

 Currently trying to sort through my large postcard collection and came across this interesting one by Valentine & Son of  Dundee, Scotland. Titled Blackpool Illuminations from the North Pier and printed in an artistic painted style.

Blackpool Illuminations from north pier

The card is dated from 1933 by it's serial number 221812 and has never been posted, it's quite worn but for a card aged around 87 years old it looks well.

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Sunday, 16 August 2020

Peoples Park then and now. A vintage postcard and a modern look.

 

Peoples Park Historic and Modern Comparison

I recently added the bottom postcard to my collection, it shows a view of Peoples Park, Halifax looking from south to north towards the Crossley Pavilion. I thought I'd go take a look at the same view now a couple of weeks ago and the top picture shows the modern scene. The park is now more tree lined and covers the spire of the Park United Reformed Church, which stills stands across the road from the park's north western corner although I am told is now a business centre.

Rear of Peoples Park Postcard

The rear of the card gives no indication to when it was posted, only wishing best wishes to its recipient, a Mr & Mrs Butterfield of Leeds.

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Saturday, 15 August 2020

Lockwood Railway Station

 In 2015 I set out to picture the railway stations along the Penistone Line between Huddersfield and Penistone, on the day I managed to picture Berry Brow, Honey, Brockholes, Stocksmoor, Shepley and Denby Dale, missing out on Penistone and Huddersfield which I still haven't visited, and Lockwood as the time got away from me. Recently in Huddersfield I decided to visit Lockwood and finally picture that stop, these pictures were taken on the 25th July 2020.

Lockwood Railway Station

Lockwood Railway Station opened along with the line on the 1st July 1850 as a double platform twin track stop. Located just south of the Lockwood Tunnel approx. 1.5 miles from Huddersfield . The station became a junction stop in August 1868 when the Meltham Branch line opened to goods traffic, passenger transport commencing in July 1869, until the line was closed in 1965. Lockwood Station was staffed until the 1960's and after the closure of the Meltham Branch spent many years as the subject of closure speculation along with the entire Penistone Line. In the 1980's the decision was made and the line was to remain open, although it would now be a single track. The remains of the closed platform can still be seen at Lockwood although overgrown, the connecting tunnel blocked by a door.

The station has minimal facilities with a small car park, step free access, a basic small shelter. In 2018/19 it was attended by 40006 passengers at an average of 769 per week. That's a drop of over 11000 passengers compared to 2015/16, but despite this drop the line remains popular and is growing steadily year on year. Lockwood Station is served hourly in each direction daily.

Immediately north of the station is the 255 yard Yew Green Tunnel, better known as Lockwood Tunnel it has been the scene of a couple of incidents. The first tragedy to effect the tunnel occurred before it opened.   In July 1849 the tunnel was complete although the railway line was, a group of men had been drinking at a nearby inn, when they challenged each to a race through the tunnel. Upon completing the race they realised one of their number was missing and tracked back through the tunnel until they came across the body of John Godly, who it was said had tripped and broken his neck whilst racing through the tunnel.

Lockwood (Yew Green) Tunnel, Huddersfield
 The tunnel was the scene of a rail crash in March 1869 when a passenger train and a goods train collided in the tunnel, the driver error resulted in 3 people being injured.

To the south of the station lies the Lockwood Viaduct, I'll try to return to picture that but was short on time on this occasion, between the viaduct and station are the remains of the coal drops. The set of 8 former coal drops still stand, now being used as a car park. They also feature a tunnel connecting both sides of Howarth Lane.

Former Coal Drops at Lockwood Station Monar

There are a total of 14 pictures taken in and around the station using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. They can be seen here, on Flickr, and on Clickasnap where they can also be downloaded. The pictures shown here are selected for the album.

Lockwood Station Disused Platform copy

Lockwood Railway Station

Lockwood Station Entrance

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Sunday, 9 August 2020

Happy Birthday Mollie - Vintage Postcard

 In my collection of celebratory postcards I have set that were sent to Mollie from various family members over a number of years, I thought I would start by sharing this one from her Dad which she received on the 14th September 1936.

Best Wishes for a Tenth Birthday Postcard

The rear of the card is simple with only her name Mollie Stuart and signed as from Dad and the date showing. I will sharing more cards from the Mollie collection over the next few months, some have a bit more to say and some include the postal address.

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Cliviger Gorge

Cliviger Gorge

 A short set this time of a couple of pictures taken whilst parked up having a break on the A646 Burnley Road Near Holme Chapel, Lancashire. They look up the valley side in a south westerly direction.

The steep sided valley that rises up and gives outstanding views of the near Lancashire and Yorkshire districts of Burnley and Todmorden. The gorge was formed during the melt of the last ice age and it's in the slopes down that the source of the River Calder can be found.Cliviger Gorge

The pictures were taken on 23rd March 2020 using a Nikon d3300 SLR, they can be seen here or full size on Flickr and Clickasnap.

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Mirfield Railway Station Revisited

In April 2015 I was in Mirfield and took the opportunity to picture the Railway Station and posted the pictures taken that day in a post on the 11th December 2017. I was again in Mirfield late last year having walked the Spen Valley Greenway from Low Moor to Thornhill, I then walked the Calder & Hebble Navigation to catch the train home from Mirfield and thought as I was there I may as well picture the station whilst waiting. In 2015 it was undergoing some repairs and refurbishments.

The railway first reached Mirfield in 1840 when a line connecting Normanton with Hebden Bridge was constructed, this was later extended to Manchester when the Summit Tunnel was completed in March 1841. Despite this Mirfield didn't get a station in the initial phrase of construction. In April 1845 trains finally stopped in Mirfield as the station was opened prior to the Manchester & Leeds Railway applying for permission to build a branch line to Bradford along the Spen Valley, this was sighted a few hundred metres west of the current station.

The new station opened at it's current location on the 5th March 1866 and featured a large island platform with a roof covering the entire station, this was removed in 1977. Other facilities included a hotel, ticket office, buffet restaurant and billiard room.



Mirfield remains a busy station today despite the loss of the Spen Valley Railway and some of the direct connections the station has had over the years. The station now has a third platform reached by exciting the island and passing underneath the bridge that carries the line over the road, this was added in the 1980's. There are limited facilities at the station with only step free access to platform 3, no toilets and is unmanned. It has small bus shelter type cover on all 3 platforms and bike safe racks.

The station served over 452,000 passengers in 2018/19 at an average of 8692 per week and there are currently plans to rebuild the station to offer a better passenger experience when the Trans Pennine Route gets upgraded. Rumours suggest the station may be re-sighted again and merged with Ravensthorpe Station which is approx. 2 miles to the east of Mirfield Station.

Mirfield Railway Station (2019)
Use the arrows to navigate the album of images taken 30th December 2019. You can see them full size on Flickr with selected ones also available to view and download from Clickasnap. The ones below are selected from the above album.

Train at Platform 1. Mirfield Railway Station

Welcome to Mirfield at Mirfield Railway Station

Mirfield Railway Station Platform 3

The following album of images are the set I have previously posted about. These were taken in April 2015. Use the arrows to navigate the album of view full size on Flickr.
Mirfield Railway Station (2015)

The following video can be seen on YouTube and features the images I took at the station.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Vintage Postcards - Ellingham Church, Ringwood

This post features another of the postcards I have collected. It shows Ellingham Church, Ringwood and is a Judges of Hastings card. The card has only a postal address and King George IV stamp which was released in 1937. 

Ellingham Church, Ringwood - Vintage Postcard
The church is St Mary and All Saints Church and is approx. 2 miles north of Ringwood in the village of Ellingham.


Obviously the person who sent the card was a person of few words, with only a deliver address provided, with no information of who the card was from indicated in the text.

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