The Streets Of Elland

This is a series of photographs taken in Elland, Yorkshire, sometime in the 1970s or 1980s. Looking at the individual photographs, I can almost trace the route I took through the bottom end of the town. It was part of Elland that had been recently detached from the rest of the town by the building of the new link road, and it seemed that, rather like a severed stem, it had been left to the withering process of industrial decline. Mill yards were empty of workers and mill chimneys were devoid of smoke. The sign pointing to the town centre seemed to have lost its way, not sure of where the centre was. Forty years later, you get the impression, that it is still not sure.

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