Sunday, 24 December 2017

St Paul's Church, Denholme, West Yorkshire.

St Paul's Church is a seemingly abandoned but definitely redundant church overlooking the town of Denholme, West Yorkshire. It was granted Grade II listed status on the 7th March 1985 and was in use from opening in 1846 until a farewell service was held on the 5 September 1999 in the new graveyard, The last service inside the actual church was June 1997 when it was closed due to structural and safety reasons. There is no legal access in to the building now so my pictures were taken around the outside, although I would have loved to have had access inside the structure, there are pictures available online of the interior.

My pictures were taken on July 12 2016 using a Nikon d3300 camera. There are a total of 17 pictures with 3 exclusive to Clickasnap via the links below.

St Paul's Church, Denholme
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St Paul's Church, Denholme 2.

Private Tom Barmforth.

St Paul's Church, Denholme.

Headstones at St Pauls.

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

From Chain Bridge to Edwards Road on the Calder And Hebble Navigation.

This album of pictures has been taken over the last 4 years using various cameras along the stretch of canal from bridge 1 Chain Bridge, past Walker (Mearclough1) and Mearclough (2) bridges before finishing at bridge number 4 over the Calder & Hebble, the Edwards Road Bridge. This distance covered is approx. 3.75 furlongs (0.5 miles - 0.8km) with the nearest town being Sowerby Bridge.

There was originally over 27 pictures taken over many dates and with several different cameras, these have been lost over time and the 5 below are all that remain for now.

Walker Bridge

Edwards Road Bridge.

Underneath Edwards Road Bridge, The picture is reversed to give a different look along the canal bank.

Chain Bridge and the Navigation Inn.

The canal towards Edwards Road Bridge, former site of Canal Mills which were destroyed by fire in April 1980.

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Friday, 22 December 2017

Halifax Minster.

Halifax Minster or to use it's full title, the Parish Church of St John the Baptist is one of only 3 minsters that can be found in the county of West Yorkshire with the others being at Leeds and Dewsbury.

A Brief History of the Minster
There has been a church on or near this site for over 900 years. The minster which was a Parish Church until November 2009 was completed in about 1458. Parts of the church date from the 12th century and additions have been made several time since the church was completed.
Some of the stained glass windows were removed during the 17th century as
 the Puritan movement was prominent within the town, but where possible these have since been restored.

A lot of my pictures were lost from Flickr a couple of years ago, the 3 below are all that remain, I am attempting to find the others and hopefully will.

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Calder & Hebble Navigation. Sowerby Bridge Wharf to Chain Bridge.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting the pictures amongst others that I have taken along the Calder & Hebble Navigation Canal. I have walked it a number of times with my camera on the stretch from Sowerby Bridge to Brighouse. I have also walked the length from Saville Town (Dewsbury) to Brighouse less frequently. The canal runs through West Yorkshire from Sowerby Bridge Wharf where it connects with the Rochdale Canal to Fall Ings, Wakefield where it joins the Aire and Calder Navigation.

This set of pictures were taken from Sowerby Bridge Wharf to Chain Bridge. Chain Bridge is the first bridge over the canal carrying Chapel Lane and connecting with Gas Works Road, Sowerby Bridge. The distance is approx. 1.25 furlongs (0.15 mile - 0.25km) and during this stretch the canal connects with the Rochdale Canal at the Kirkham Turn.

The Wharf to Chain Bridge. The Calder & Hebble.
There are 47 pictures available to view on Flickr in the album above taken on this short stretch. There is an additional album of pictures taken along the canal from here to Dewsbury available to view exclusively on Clickasnap via the link below.

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A small selection of pictures featured in the Flickr album.
A World Of Colour under Chain Bridge, Sowerby Bridge.
I took this in June 2016 from underneath Chain Bridge looking towards Sowerby Bridge Wharf. I then removed sections of the colour and reversed the picture to give a different appeal.

Boats Moored at Sowerby Bridge Wharf.
Taken using a Polaroid iS2132 bride camera on the 26th December 2015. Th canal had overflowed that day as flooding hit Sowerby Bridge and the Calder Valley. The boats to the right of the picture show where the canal bank actually is.

Kirkham Turn. Junction of the Rochdale Canal and Calder & Hebble Navigation.
I took this in October 2017 from Chain Bridge. It shows the canal wharf at Sowerby Bridge and just beyond the white narrowboat is the Kirkham Turn where the Calder & Hebble and the Rochdale Canal meet.

Calder & Hebble Path. Sowerby Bridge.
I took this using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera in October 2017. The path leads through the trees alongside the Calder & Hebble Navigation canal from Sowerby Bridge Wharf to Chain Bridge. This was taken just before the bridge and Navigation Inn.

Flooded Canal at Chain Bridge.
Chain Bridge taken using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera on the 26th December 2015. The canal had burst it's bank that day as the devastating Boxing Day floods hit the Calder Valley and you can see the water overflowing the towpath under the bridge.

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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Sowerby Bridge Canal Basin.

Sowerby Bridge Canal Basin is a Grade II listed mooring area at the junction of the Calder & Hebble Navigation and Rochdale Canals near the centre of Sowerby Bridge. The basin area has been redeveloped since the 1980's in to a leisure and business area with businesses including offices, restaurants, gym and bar occupying the space around the marina.

The buildings were constructed by the Calder & Hebble Navigation Company, who were instructed by the Rochdale Canal Act(1793) to build whatever warehouses and wharves were required by the Rochdale Canal Company although the Calder & Hebble Company were not required to pay for them. The buildings were built as a trans shipment area around the canal junction as the Calder & Hebble whilst having wider locks, they were shorter than the ones constructed on the Rochdale Canal.

The warehouse were known as Warehouse 1,2,3,4 with warehouse 3 better known as the Salt Warehouse as it was used for storing salt. Warehouse 3 and 4 are thought to be one of the earliest examples of a warehouse built to allow undercover unloading of boats in the UK. Each end of the warehouses allows access to either the Calder & Hebble Navigation or the Rochdale Canals.

The junction where the canals meet is known as Kirkham Turn. and from the mid 1960's until 1996 the spur of the Rochdale Canal from the basin towards the centre of Sowerby Bridge ran for only a few hundred metres through Locks 1 and 2 before ending at Wharf Street in the shadow of Christ Church, the local council extending Tuel Lane and filling the canal in through locks 3 and 4. The basin was the end of the line for over 30 years.

The pictures were taken with many different camera on several occasions.

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Queensbury Tunnel, West Yorkshire

The Queensbury Tunnel is a disused railway tunnel that connected Holmfield, Halifax with Queensbury, Bradford. It stretchers for a length of 2287 metres through the hillside that the town sits upon and owned by the Department of Transport. there are currently plans to abandon and fill in the tunnel but a rival campaign is seeking a way to bring the tunnel back in to use as a cycle path. More can be found out on the following link,

Work on the tunnel was started in 1874 with completion in July 1878 allowing for a railway connection between Queensbury and Holmfield, and further beyond to Bradford, Halifax and Keighley. Whilst goods trains started to use the line from October 1878 passenger services did not start until the following December due to concerns about the incompleteness of work. During the tunnels operational history it was found to have many defects in the arch and sidewalls caused by poor workmanship, subsidence and water ingress. Water has always been a problem with the tunnel and since the Strines cutting at the Halifax end was infilled the southern portal floods regularly with the water sometimes reaching as far up the tunnel has half way.

My pictures were taken on 2 visits using a Polaroid iS2132 digital bridge camera. The dates I visited were December 2014 and July 2015. There are a total of 24 pictures available to view here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap.

Brow Lane Bridge

Flooded southern portal, the remains of the strings cutting.

The view looking away from the northern portal, Bradford side of the tunnel.

Strines Aqueduct.

Strines Aqueduct.

Capped off air shaft, the first one on the Halifax side.

Flooded southern portal, Halifax side.

The drained southern portal, Halifax side.

Strines Aqueduct and Beck

The former Queensbury Station site.

Flooded Strines cutting to the southern portal, Halifax side.

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