Halifax Town Hall framed in stone. Both the town hall and the half-demolished building on Winding Road (which was probably the works of Haigh, Allan & Co, Brass Founders and Finishers) must be of a similar vintage, but when I took this photograph in 1969, one was going, and one, thank goodness, was staying.
Month: May 2022
Flat cap and silver watch chain. Wrinkled stockings and sea-wave hat. Smiles that could spin a merry-go-round. Albert and Kate Beanland, Bradford, 1940s.
Roadworks On Salterhebble Hill
I have just added a new vintage postcard to my collection which shows "St Luke's Hospital and Salterhebble Hill, Halifax" The card was posted in May 1917, but I suspect that the photograph dates from at least a decade before that. St Luke's Hospital was the original name for what later became Halifax General Hospital, … Continue reading Roadworks On Salterhebble Hill
Back Yard: A traditional Yorkshire back yard (courtesy of Uncle Harry's Photo Album). Grand Prix race track, day out for the caged birds. Stone slabs and washing lines. Jigsaw shed.
Another of my photos from 1969, and it shows the two cooling towers - Salt and Pepper - at Halifax Power Station next to North Bridge. Between them can be seen the hill rising to Claremount, with, I believe, St Thomas Street Methodist Church at the top. It is said that it cost more to … Continue reading Moral Condiments
Monochrome Lives In Sepia Spaces
This is a photograph of my grandmother, Harriet Ellen Burnett, outside her house in Arctic Parade, Great Horton, Bradford. I've added a touch of colour to the photo, because 100 years ago - about the time the photo was taken - people didn't lead monochrome lives or inhabit sepia spaces. My grandparents were living at … Continue reading Monochrome Lives In Sepia Spaces
A Bevy Of Beanlands
My mother, Gladys (left), her sister, Amy (right), and between them someone I can't be sure of. The chances are that it is another Beanland relative, and it might be Ada Beanland. I know I must have taken the photograph in 1969, so I need to check whether Cousin Ada was still with us at … Continue reading A Bevy Of Beanlands
Remains And Foundations
A photograph of mine from the late 1960s shows Halifax in transition. It’s the area around Gaol Lane and Ann Street, caught between the remains of pubs, chapels and debtors prisons, and the foundations of stores, colleges and bus stations.
A Journey To Queensbury
These rays of sunlight travelled 93 million miles to reach their chosen destination - the Albert Memorial Water Fountain in Queensbury - but it was a journey well worth the effort.