Thursday, 20 April 2017

1575 : A Neat Place, Ripley


Hollybank Lane, Ripley, Yorkshire

Ripley is a neat little village; neat houses, neat roads, and no doubt below the streets the sewers are as neat as a matron's apron. Each evening, when dusk has descended, a group of cleaners take to the street, wash down all the stonework and polish the pavements. A neat place, Ripley.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

1574 : Let's Not Forget The Cast Iron Bridge


RIPLEY LAKE AND CASTLE, YORKSHIRE

It's all about the look. It's no good building an ancient castle complete with towers and turrets, you need a lake to set it off. And some finely manicured lawns, not to mention a cast iron bridge. Let's not forget the cast iron bridge

Monday, 17 April 2017

1572 : In Loving Memory Of Whats-his-name


Gravestone, St Andrew's Church, Aldborough  (March 2017)

You can just imagine it - the monumental mason's sales pitch. "It will be a memorial for posterity sir, a lasting reminder of John's life which will last until eternity". And outside, down the bleak Yorkshire Dales comes the whisper of the wind, "Not if I have anything to do with it"

Thursday, 13 April 2017

1571 : A Blast From The Grave


Gravestone : Aldborough Churchyard, Yorkshire (March 2017)

"So how can I guarantee that I will be remembered?". "Well, you could get a big gravestone". "But would people notice it, the churchyard is full of gravestones?" "We could always hire an angelic trumpeter to blow a blast loud enough to wake the dead every time someone walks by". "Now that sounds like a good idea"

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

1570 : A Reset Jewel In The Crown


The architectural jewel in the crown of Halifax is, of course, the eighteenth century Piece Hall which contains a fine open square surrounded by over 300 trading rooms which were originally used for trading in pieces of cloth. Over the years it has been used for a variety of purposes from orchestral performances to a wholesale fruit and vegetable market. It is currently undergoing a major upgrade and redevelopment and should open later in the year. For the moment, the imposing stone gates are as far as you can get.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

1569 : A Collaborative Effort


Causey Hall, Halifax Minster - April 2017 (Alan Burnett and iPhone FCDQJ91YG5QW)

I took this photograph on my mobile phone the other day as I was walking passed Causey Hall which is next to Halifax Minster. The building dates back to the mid-nineteenth century - it was built originally as a Parish School - but it is distinctly modern compared to the old Parish Church which was built more than four hundred years earlier. For some reason my mobile phone didn't like the original photograph and decided to do some work on the image itself (a stylised edit, it calls it). Pleasant as it's edit was, it had left in a decidedly modern burglar alarm box on the wall, so I did a stylised edit on its stylised edit. I am waiting to hear back from my phone as to whether it is satisfied with the final product of our collaboration


Monday, 10 April 2017

1568 : Nigh To This Place


Gravestone : St Andrew's Church, Aldborough, Yorkshire (March 2017)

There is something gloriously imprecise about the wording of this gravestone. No "buried here below" or "beneath this stone"; but a poetic "nigh to this place". It could be in the shade of the tall grass, it might be amongst the springtime stems. We don't need to know - just remember.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

1567 : History On A Brick Wall


The Old Court House, Aldborough, Yorkshire  (March 2017)

There are two quite fascinating elements to this photograph. First of all look at the memorial to the wartime Canadian aircrew, and, in particular, look at their ages. The eldest was the pilot, aged just 24,  and the rest of the crew were little more than teenagers. And then there is the second memorial - to the old courthouse where the members (note the plural) of Parliament for the village were elected until the parliamentary (rotten) borough was abolished in 1832. History on a brick wall.

Friday, 31 March 2017

1566 : Holding Up The Market


Market Trader, Otley (March 2017)

Sometimes it is unclear whether you are holding things up or desperately trying to prevent them from flying away. But sometimes, you are just stretching your limbs after a morning selling shirts on the market.