Friday, 1 May 2020

Berry Brow and Honley Railway Stations, West Yorkshire

Berry Brow Railway Station

Berry Brow Railway Station is a stop on the Penistone Line approx. 2.25 miles south of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The station was originally opened a few hundred metres further north on the 1st July 1850 and marked for closure along with the rest of the line in the infamous Beeching report in to Britain's railways, happily for the line but sadly for Berry Brow the Penistone line was reprieved, but the station was closed.

A new station for Berry Brow and the villages of Taylor Hill, Armitage Bridge and Newsome was opened by British Rail with support from Metro on the 9th October 1989, the station is sighted on what was once the southbound line, having been singled in the late 1980's and is reached by a short slope from the nearby road. There is a basic shelter, no ticket, refreshment or toilet facilities, the station was used by an average of 501 people per week during the 2018 / 19 period. 

The pictures can be seen here and on Clickasnap, they were taken on the 21st May 2016 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

Honley Railway Station

The next stop southwards on the Penistone Line is Honley Railway Station, the station is approx. 3 miles south of Huddersfield and was opened by the Huddersfield & Sheffield Junction Railway on the 1st July 1850. The line was singled in 1989 and whilst the northbound station platform is still in use, the southbound one is still there although overgrown and disused now, the same condition also applying to the former coal drops on the southbound side too.

The station like Berry Brow has limited facilities with no toilets, refreshments or step free access, and only a small shelter to provide protection from the elements. The station was used by approx. 1036 passengers per week during the 2018 / 19 period of travel.

There are a total of 5 pictures which can be seen here and Clickasnap, they were taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera on the 21st May 2016.

I have also created a short video which features some images of the stations before they were redeveloped or closed.

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Monday, 27 April 2020

YouTube - My top 5 Videos

Occasionally I like to do a top 5 of how my pictures or videos are getting along on there various platforms, a few days ago sharing one about my top 5 pictures on Flickr, today I thought I'd do a top 5 of my Flickr videos over the last 365 days.

Number 5
Uploaded on the 21st October 2017, the video shows me driving along the M6 motorway through Cumbria, Northern England. In the last year it has been viewed 936 times making it my 5th most popular video. Since appearing on YouTube it has been viewed a total 2008 times.

Number 4
Uploaded to YouTube November 2nd 2013, the video shows a drive through Jedburgh in the borders region of Scotland. In the last 12 months it has been viewed 974 times, and to date 5762 times.

Number 3
Filmed in March 2019, the video shows footage of rising water levels and potential flooding that looked like it was about to devastate Sowerby Bridge again, luckily the levels subsided overnight. The town has lived with the fear of flooding since the Calder Valley flooding of Boxing Day 2015 devastated areas of the town for the first time in near fifty years. In the last 365 days it has been viewed 1639 times and a total of 2143 since uploading to YouTube.

Number 2
Although number 2 for the last 12 months this is by far my most popular upload to YouTube, to date being viewed 21329 times, including 2960 times in the last year. It shows a drive over the Carter's Bar border point between England and Scotland.

Number 1
My number 1 video for the last year was filmed early morning in Venice, Italy and shows the MSC Lirica cruise ship sailing past the San Marco area of Venice towards the port..
In the last year it has been viewed 3064 times, making it my most popular video of the last year by a clear 500 more than 2nd. Since uploading to YouTube in December 2018 it has been viewed 4364 times.

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Vintage Postcard - Leamington Spa Weir and Suspension Bridge

Part of my collection of postcards is this one sent to 23 Bramble Street, Coventry on the 6th September 1901 or 1907, it looks like a 1 to me from the print but looking into the bridges history it wasn't built until 1903. Sadly I can't quite make out the surname of the couple who's first names are Annie & Arthur and appears to be from their cousin Emily. The postcard contains the following text as best I can make out.

"Dearest Annie & Arthur,
I thought perhaps you would like a postcard of Leamington,
my dear sister & I were both there yesterday, it is a beautiful place but I (can't make the word out but thinks it's discovered) you have both been. I shall come over to Coventry sometime & see you because you were both so kind the last time, we are having some beautiful weather now, so we shall both be very pleased to have you both over at Melton when it is most convenient for you to come, so with love & best wishes to you both I will say,
goodbye from your loving cousin Emily"

Leamington Spa Suspension Bridge and Weir, Vintage Postcard
A copy of the post card without the text can be seen by clicking here.

The suspension bridge still stands today and to give it's proper name is known as the Mill Suspension Bridge, opening to the public in 1903. The bridge is Grade II listed as is the weir below and takes it's name from the site of the towns water mill which stood adjacent to the bridges site and was the towns primary source of water, the mill was demolished in 1899. The bridges design is thought to be based on the Albert Bridge which crossers the River Thames in London.

Until Britain adopted decimal coinage in 1971 the bridge was popular with people throwing pennies and half pennies from the bridge into the weir below, it was once considered good luck and a way of honouring the Gods, I can only assume it was still considered good luck after the bridges opening.

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Sunday, 26 April 2020

Denby Dale Railway Station and Viaduct

Denby Dale Station and Viaduct is a set of 11 pictures taken in May 2016. They can be seen here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap, they may be slight variations in the pictures on Clickasnap to here and Flickr.

Denby Dale Railway Station serves the village of Denby Dale in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, built as a 2 platform station and opened on the 1st July 1850, the station has remained in use since, although is now only a single platform stop since the line was singled and the north bound platform removed. The station was planned by the Huddersfield and Sheffield Junction Railway who had received permission from parliament to build the line in June 1845, by the time the build was completed and opened the line was owned by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway who they had merged with along with many others in July 1847.

The modern day station offers only limited facilities with no toilets or refreshments available, the village centre is only a short walk away though. It is currently used by an average of 3442 passengers per week with an hourly service in each direction Monday to Saturday. 

Denby Dale Viaduct was built along with the line and opened in 1850, originally it was constructed of timber, due to the local price of stone making the project unaffordable. Despite concerns and visit from the board of trade the timber viaduct remained until in March 1877, the railway company under heavy pressure from Huddersfield County Borough Council committed to building a new stone viaduct.  Work commenced on the new viaduct adjacent to the timber one in September 1877 and it was opened on the 15th May 1880. The viaduct is now Grade II listed and features 21 arches.

Viaduct at Denby Dale
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Denby Dale Railway Station

Viaduct at Denby Dale

Southwards at Denby Dale Station.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Vintage Pictures- Sussex Castles in the 1960's

This set of 3 pictures is part of a collection of 35mm slides I acquired a couple of years ago and features 3 images taken outside Pevensey, Bodiam and Herstmonceux Castles, Sussex in the 1960's. The pictures can be seen here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap.

Pevensey Castle.
Pevensey Castle is a Roman fort and medieval castle, the first developments here being around the year 290AD and remained in use until the late 16th century. The castle had become an overgrown ruin until the British Government took over the ruins in 1925. The castle was reoccupied by the home Guard, British, Canadian and US armies between 1940 and 45 and the machine gun post that were built can still be seen today. It is now a public attraction operated by English Heritage.

Herstmoneux Castle.
Herstmonceux Castle is a brick built Tudor mansion built in 1441, being 1 of the first buildings to be built using brick in England. It is Grade II listed and now owned by Queen's University, Canada.

Bodiam Castle.
Bodiam Castle is an National Trust owned and operated Castle in Sussex, England. The castle was besieged during the Wars of the Roses and seized and dismantled for the owners support of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War. The ruins were purchased by John Fuller in 1829 who started the restoration of the castle, which was continued by the following owners George Cubitt, the 1st Baron Ashcombe and Lord Curzon who donated the castle to the National Trust upon his death in 1925.

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Vintage Pictures - Temple of Jupiter, Lebanon

Temple of Jupiter is 2 pictures taken at the ruins of the Roman Temple dedicated to Jupiter Heliopolitanus at Baalbek, modern day Lebanon. The pictures were part of a collection I obtained, gaining the copyright as part of the deal when I acquired them. Out of over 200 slides and negatives these were the only 2 to feature the site. They were taken in the 1960's.

Built between 16BC and 60AD, the temple was the biggest in the Roman empire dedicated to Jupiter, the columns reaching a height of 30 meters, with a width of almost 2.5. The present condition of the site see's only six columns still standing with their entablature.

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Temple of Jupiter, Lebanon 1960's

Jupiter temple columns Beirut edit

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Vintage Pictures- Black Country Museum 1997

As well as taking pictures I also like to collect postcards and photo collections from other people. I have purchased a number of slide collections, obtaining the copyright with them. Occasionally I get the chance to go through some and digitise them, and quite a few times they have the information of where and when they were taken so I take the opportunity to share them as they may be of interest to some people.

A set I recently had the opportunity to digitise was taken in June 1997 at the Black Country Museum, Dudley, it was a set I acquired early in 2019 and currently in the process of digitising. There were only 5 pictures of the museum in the collection purchased.

The Black Country Museum is an open-air visitor attraction that shows the way of life for people living in the area during the last 300 years. Exhibits include mining, metal working, village life, fairground and street life from the 1930's, canal life and transport, as well as many other displays and exhibits. Below is the full set of pictures.

Dudley, Stourbridge and District electric traction company No. 5
Tividale single-decker built in 1920, the museums first tram has recently undergone a £120000 overhaul.

The entrance to Dudley Tunnel which sits adjacent to the museum. You can take a 45 minute trip through the tunnel, and the area around the tunnel entrance was converted to a boat dock in 1976 to show what a typical dock on the canals around Birmingham would have been like during the hey day of canal transport.

Horse and cart bus attraction

Bottle and Glass Inn.
The inn originally stood on Brierley Hill Road overlooking the Stourbridge Canal near the 16 flight of locks. Built sometime after the opening of the canal, there is no mention of a pub on the site until 1822. Lovingly rebuilt at the Black Country Living Museum the pub still offers a warm welcome with traditional ales and food available.

Providence Chapel
One of the first buildings to be rebuilt at the museum in 1979, the chapel was originally built in 1837 at Darby Hand in Netherton, remaining in use until closure in 1974. The chapel is now known as Darby Hand Chapel and host's services throughout the year.

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Monday, 20 April 2020

Stadio Pierluigi Penzo, Venice

On a visit to Venice in October - November 2018 and being a football fan I wanted to try and visit the local football stadium, I must confess I knew nothing about the local team or even if they had one, but i was intrigued enough to find out knowing the Italians passion for football. 

Upon arrival I asked a couple of people and found yes Venice does have a local football team and they aren't that successful, having gone bankrupt for a third time in 2015 and during the season 2018-19 struggling to avoid relegation from Serie B, eventually surviving a relegation play-off. The only major honour the club has won is the Coppa Italia in 1941.

The stadium itself is the 2nd oldest continually used stadium in Italy, opening in 1913 and takes it's name from fighter pilot Pier Luigi Penzo who served during World War 1. The stadium's record attendance was 26000 in 1966 for a game against AC Milan, a figure that's unlikely to broken as the stadium now has a capacity of just 7450. The stadium looks a little sad and neglected from the outside, I was unable to enter as it was locked up tight and nobody was around to ask, I had thought that you would be able to enter for a small fee. The ground is unique in that visiting teams often arrive by boat.

I took a few pictures of the outside and left, 9 of which can be seen here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap where my images can also be downloaded for a small fee.
Venice Football Ground
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Tha Canal and Boats outside the Stadio Pierluigi Penzo, Venice.

Stadio Pierluigi Penzo, Venice

Path to the Church of Saint Elena past Venice Football Stadium
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Monday, 13 April 2020

Donkey Bridge, Maple Dean Clough, Norland 20 March 2019

I have pictured Donkey Bridge and walked over it many times over the years and previously posted pictures taken there on a couple of occasions. I was recently sorting through some of my old postcards I had collected and came across one taken at Donkey Bridge years ago.

Postcard of Donkey Bridge, Norland

Finding the picture inspired me to have a look through my own collection and I found a set from March 20th 2019 taken with a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. The changes from the picture above which looks like it was taken during the late 19th - early 20th century to the current is large with the surrounding hillside now covered by the trees of North Dean Woods, and the hill top no longer visible from the bridge. The stone built sides still remain although they seems larger than the ones pictured so they have probably been restored at some date since the pictures was taken.

The bridge itself carries a footpath over what depending on who you ask is Maple Dean Clough, or Norland Clough stream. The path itself runs from the end of North Dean Road, Copley to Pickwood Lane, Norland through North Dean Woods.

Donkey Bridge (20-3-19)
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Donkey Bridge

Donkey Bridge

Upstream, Maple Dean Clough

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Saturday, 11 April 2020

Shepley Railway Station

Shepley Railway Station is an album of 11 images taken by me and a short video slideshow of 12 images. They were taken on the 21st May 2016 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

Shepley railway station serves the villages of Shepley and Shelley on the outskirts of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Opened on the 1st July 1850 by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, the line was authorised by an act of parliament on the 30th June 1845 to connect Huddersfield with the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway at Penistone. The line from Penistone to Manchester passed through the Woodhead tunnels and closed in 1981.

Shepley became a junction station on the 1st September 1879 when the 3.5 mile branch line to Clayton West opened and was known as Shepley and Shelley station during this time. The branch closed in 1983 and at the same time much of the Pensitone line was singled, with Shepley keeping it's double track layout only to provide a passing loop between here and Stocksmoor.

The modern day station is a 2 platform staggered lay out either side of a bridge, the station has been unstaffed since 1966 and has only limited facilities. There are no toilets, ticketing machines, disabled access or shops at the station. The station was used by 71536 passengers during 2018/19 at an average of 1375 per week a drop of approx 55 passengers per week on the previous year.

Shepley Railway Station
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Shepley Railway Station

Platform 1 at Shepley Railway Station

Station Path to Platform 2 at Shepley

Train Approaching Shepley Railway Station

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Sunday, 5 April 2020

Gas Works Bridge, Sowerby Bridge (Updated)

I previously posted about Gas Works Bridge when I had only taken a couple of pictures there, but having recently sorted through a few more of my pictures I found that I had plenty more to share here, on Clickasnap and Flickr. 

Gas Works Bridge is a pedestrian crossing over the River Calder connecting Chapel Lane with Mearclough Road via Gas Works Road. The bridge is named after what was once the site of Sowerby Bridge gas works which stood on the norther bank of the River Calder stretching to the Calder & Hebble Navigation Canal a few hundred metres to the north. As a kid growing up in Sowerby Bridge during the 1980's the site was still occupied by large gasometers but the bridge was closed to traffic, and remains so to this day.

Built in 1816 the original bridge is amongst the oldest remaining cast iron bridges in Calderdale, and was given Grade II listed status on the 19th July 1988. It is hidden from view by the riveted steel plates used when the bridge was widened around 1850 although it can just about be seen underneath. Despite being listed the local council seems uninterested in maintaining or preventing further deterioration of the bridge.

The bridge castings were produced by Aydon and Elwell of Shelf Ironworks, Bradford on the instruction of Thomas Fearnside & Son of Mearclough Bottom Mills, which stood on the southern Bank of the River Calder and were in the business of corn milling.

Below is a small selection of the pictures I previously posted.

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Saturday, 28 March 2020

Funeral of an Unknown Warrior.

As well as enjoying taking my own photographs, I also enjoy collecting old postcards, pictures, negatives and slides. I thought it might be of interest to start showing them on here alongside my own.

I thought I would start with these 2 postcards which were taken on the 11th November 1920 during the funeral of the unknown warrior.

The unknown warrior was selected by Brigadier L.J. Wyatt who was given a choice of soldiers whose remains had been exhumed from various battlefields and brought to a chapel at Saint Pol sur Ternoise, France on the night of November 7th 1920. Brigadier Wyatt was accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel E.A.S. Gell and neither man knew which battlefield each soldiers remains had been exhumed from. The remains had been placed in individual coffins covered by Union Flags, Brigadier Wyatt closed his eyes and rested his hand on one of the coffins which was then selected. The other soldiers remains were then taken away for reburial overseen by the Reverend George Kendall OBE.

The coffin of the unknown warrior then remained in the chapel overnight, and was transferred the following day with a guard and escort, as well as troops lining the route to the castle library, within the ancient citadel at Boulogne where it was guarded overnight by a company of soldiers from the French 8th Infantry Regiment.

On the 9th November 1920 the coffin was places within a casket made from oak timbers of trees within the grounds of Hampton Court Place. The casket was then affixed with a sword chosen personally by King George V from the Royal Collection and banded with iron. The shield that was fixed upon the top of the sword and casket bared the inscription "A British Warrior who fell in the Great War 1914-1918 for King and Country". The coffin was then drawn by six black horses on a French military wagon for the mile long journey to the harbour, The wagon being escorted by local schoolchildren and a division of French troops. The French infantry playing Aux Champs as the coffin left Boulogne.

The casket was met at the harbour by the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Verdun, and was piped aboard with the admirals call, whilst Marshal Foch the commander of the French Armies during the Great War saluted the casket before it was carried up the gangway. The ship left around noon and was joined by an escort of 6 battleships for it's journey across the channel. As the flotilla approached Dover it was greeted by a 19 gun Field Marshals salute.

The casket was landed on the 10th November and travelled from Dover Marine Railway Station to Victoria Station, London where it was to arrive at Platform 8 at 8.32 pm and remain overnight.

Placed on a gun carriage and drawn by 6 horses the casket began it's final journey on the morning of 11 November 1920 passing through large, silent and respectful crowds. Upon departure from Victoria, there was another Field Marshals salute fired in Hype Park. The cortege route passed Hyde Park Corner, The Mall and Whitehall where King George V unveiled the Cenotaph. It was then followed by the King, the Royal Family and ministers of state to Westminster Abbey where it was interred in the far western end of the nave, in soil brought from each of the main Great War battlefields. The grave is capped with a black Belgian marble stone and is the only tomb within Westminster Abbey that people are forbidden to walk. The ceremony included a guard of honour by 100 recipients of the Victoria Cross. The guest of honour at the service were a group of about 100 women who had lost their husbands and all their sons in the war. After internment the armed forces stood guard as tens of thousands of mourners filed past to pay their respects.

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Sunday, 22 March 2020

Sowerby Bridge, Then and Now

Sowerby Bridge, then and now is a short video I put together for my YouTube channel that features a collection of postcards and images taken around Sowerby Bridge at the turn of the 20th century, and a collection of modern images taken in similar positions to the original image.

The video includes street scenes, waterside scenes and architecture from around the town.
All the pictures feature details of where the image is.

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Sunday, 8 March 2020

Jubliee Class Locomotive 45562 Alberta.

The video that follows is a short one taken on the 29th February 2020. I also took 3 images from the video which can be seen below. 

On the day I was out for a walk through North Dean a woodland that stretchers along the valley from Copley to West Vale and up towards Greetland and Norland. The main railway line between Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge runs along the bottom of the woods and whilst out for my wonder I was made aware that a steam train was due to run along the line shortly, so I decided to set up along the line from the bridge that crossers the River Calder, arriving just as the Train was approaching from Greetland Junction. I had enough time to set up my action camera facing east and my phone facing west near to the track but a safe distance away, I didn't want to become a safety issue. 

The end result is the short video below, which can be seen here or on YouTube.

I can't push the point enough that although it may look close to the railway at no point was I anywhere near the trackbed. The following pictures are from my Flickr account, 3 have been taken from the video footage, 1 was a quick snap using my SLR camera.
Steam Train at Copley

Jubliee Class 45562 Alberta Passing Copley

Jubliee Class 45562 Alberta Passing Copley

Jubliee Class 45562 Alberta Passing Copley
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Sunday, 1 March 2020

North Dean Woods 29 February 2020

North Dean is a woodland that can be found along the Lindwell Bank hillside from Copley to Norland, and from West Vale to Greetland. There are many footpaths through the woods including part of the Calderdale Way, a 50 mile long footpath that runs around the district of Calderdale.

The wood gives a look in to the past as North Dean is a fine example of the type of woodland that used to cover large parts of the north of England. There are many different tree types visible whilst walking the woodland paths, they include Beech, Birch, Sycamore, Ash, Holly and Alder trees. In addition to the trees there are also many different plant types visible including Heather, Bluebells, Daisy's, Bilberry and Wood Sorrel.

Much of the wildlife that inhabits North Dean is nocturnal, with Squirrels, Rabbits, Foxes, Shrews, Voles, Mice and Hedgehogs all making the woods home but rarely seen. In the wetter part of the woods Frogs, Toads and Newts can also be seen, and there are over 50 species of birds recorded to have been in the woods depending on the season.

The woods main entrance can be found near Clay House at West Vale, although there are many other ways to enter the woods along the valley bottom and top. I entered at Copley near to ST Stephens Church at Copley. The River Calder and Railway run along the northern area of the woods and the Stainland Branch Line used to run through the north eastern section of North Dean too.

There are a total of 10 pictures to view, with the full set available here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap. They include a picture of a steam train running along the main line between Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge, as well as a single picture of St Stephens Church as I entered the woods.

North Dean Woods 29 2 2020
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St Stephens Church, Copley

North Dean Woods

North Dean Woods

Steam Train at Copley

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