Saturday, 25 September 2021

Sowerby Bridge 2013

 2013 was the year I started to take an interest in photography whilst on a holiday to Lanzarote, and upon my return I started to venture around the area I live, this meant a lot of pictures of Sowerby Bridge as this is the place I called home.

Sowerby Bridge is a medium sized market town in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. The town grew around the confluence of the Rivers Calder and Ryburn where a fording point crossed the much larger River Calder and was eventually replaced by a bridge of which the town takes it's name. The towns largest growth was during the industrial revolution when the Rivers and the many streams, cloughs and water inlets helped power the textile and engineering mills which grew up along the banks. The town became an urban district in 1894 and was merged with Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, and Todmorden to form the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in 1974.

Sowerby Bridge which grew around the Rivers Calder and Ryburn is also the junction point of the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal which opened in 1770 and the Rochdale Canal, opened in 1804. The Calder and Hebble has remained open since completion, however the Rochdale Canal hasn't with closure of the canal in 1952, the last full journey from Sowerby Bridge having taken place in 1937. The section from Wharf Street to Bridge 1a Tower Hill was infilled and turned in to a new road, Tuel Lane and car park for the town. This section was reopened in 1996.

The railway reached Sowerby Bridge in 1840 when the first station to serve the town opened near to the present day Tesco superstore. This closed in 1876 when the current station opened it's present location. The stations move was in anticipation of the new Rishworth Branch Line opening.

The town declined when the textile and engineering companies left the area as the hilly nature and lack of flat land made it unsuitable for development. By the late 1970's the town was in serious decline with many industries, shops and business leaving, this led to various attempts at regeneration including a canoe club on the River Calder, restoration of the Rochdale Canal and canal wharf area, and large scale conversion of the former mills in to apartments or small industrial units more suitable for the area.

Sowerby Bridge whilst much improved since the 1980's still suffers from a lack of investment from Calderdale Council, the town suffering large traffic congestion problems, and a lack of shops that entice people to visit. The canals form a large centrepiece of the town and the annual Rushbearing festival brings much needed tourism to the town but these have been on the decline in recent years.

The pictures below were all taken around the town in 2013 and put together to form a YouTube video, they were taken using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

The pictures below all feature in the video and can be purchased from Clickasnap or Ebay.

Sowerby Bridge Station

The Canal Basin

Scar Head Tunnel Portal, on the closed Rishworth Branch Line.

Jubilee Refreshment Rooms, formerly Sowerby Bridge Station ticket office

The Subway at Sowerby Bridge Station. The bricked up portal used to run under long since removed lines and into the former station building which was damaged by fire and demolished around 1980.

Willow Hall Dam, this was taken on Boxing Day 2013, the bench is no longer their.

Winton Mill

The former Coal Drops

Willow Hall Dam

The Navigation Inn

The Rochdale Canal from Co-Op Bridge

The tunnel to the east of Sowerby Bridge is known by a few different names, the most popular being Dixy, Cemetery or Sowerby Tunnel. 

County Bridge, the bridge that gives the town it's name. A much older bridge can be seen underneath, which has been largely covered due to road widening.

Sowerby Bridge Cemetery

Carlton Mill Chimney

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Saturday, 18 September 2021

Famous Scots in 2 Video Slideshows

 Famous Scots is a set of 2 videos I put together recently with a set of 50 cigarette trading cards I had in my possession from 1933. I was in the process of listing them for sale so took the time to scan and create 2 videos of 25 images each for YouTube.

The images feature poets, playwrights, inventors, politicians, royalty and much more. They can be seen below and on YouTube. please take a moment to subscribe to my channel.

and part 2,

The cards were released in packs of Mitchells Cigarettes which was a Scottish tobacco company based in Linlithgow, the company had merged with Imperial Tobacco by 1901 although the cards were released with Mitchells branding.

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Ibiza Sunsets

 Ibiza sunsets is small collection of 6 pictures taken from the area around my hotel when visiting Ibiza in July 2014. The hotel was the Club Vista Bahia on the outskirts of Portinatx, Northern Ibiza and whilst the hotel was quite poor and I believe has now closed the views over the ocean made up for that.

The pictures below which can also be seen and purchased from Clickasnap were taken using a Polaroid is2132 bridge camera.

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