A photo of mine from the mid 1960s of the Royal Theatre, Halifax in the days when it was a cinema (and showing that undoubted classic "Girl Hunters!"). You can read a little of the history of the building in my column in October's Skircoat Green Directory and Halifax Directory magazines.
Month: September 2022
New Bank, Halifax, 1968
A photo of mine of New Bank, leading up to the top of Godley Bridge and Claremount, from 55 years ago. I've added a touch of colour. The good thing about adding colour to photos of Halifax from 50+ years ago is that you don't need to invest in a big palette!
Work Mates, Bradford 1930
Three work mates pictured in Great Horton, Bradford sometime around 1930. The one on the right with the pair of most extraordinary trousers is my father, Albert Burnett. The one in the middle was a fellow workmate called, I think, Matthews. The one on the left appears to be a young David Cameron, but somehow … Continue reading Work Mates, Bradford 1930
Hard Work And Industry
Steps At Godley Bridge, Halifax 1966 (Alan Burnett) The steps leading up to Godley Bridge, Halifax's answer to a triumphal arch. Built by the Borough Engineer in 1900 out of stone and cast iron; a monument to the power of hard work and industry. My photo dates back 60 years, although the steps are little … Continue reading Hard Work And Industry
My Mam At The Mill
MILL GIRLS : ICKRINGILL'S MILL, LEGRAMS LANE, BRADFORD Early 1930s This is a treasure of an image, showing a group of Bradford mill girls in the early 1930s. It is especially close to my heart, because the girl on the left is my mother, Gladys. I think it must have been taken at Ickringill’s Mill … Continue reading My Mam At The Mill
Beware: Fake Views!
Elland From Nab End : Early 20th Century Postcard All sorts of things stand out in this early 20th century postcard of Elland. It's all very clean and colourful - full of pleasant green slopes and bright blue water. The buildings are all neat and tidy. Beware: fake views!
Back Street, Bradford
I'm not sure what the official definition of a "back street" is, but this must get pretty close. It's a street leading nowhere other than to the back end of a mill; it's paved in stone cobbles polished by an endless acid drizzle; and it's empty other than for a tired car. I think I … Continue reading Back Street, Bradford
Rock Tavern Quiz No. 132
The last of the Friday night Rock Tavern Quizzes was held on the week before lockdown commenced, back in 2020. Once lockdown was in place, we decided to carry on with the quiz as a virtual event via email. It is 132 weeks since then, and it is still going in the same format. We … Continue reading Rock Tavern Quiz No. 132
Decluttering The Shibden Valley
As I embark on yet another campaign to sort through the endless boxes of "stuff" that occupy my room, I find an old picture postcard of the Shibden Valley, near Halifax. It is a view I know well, having spent my childhood in Northowram, a mile or so further up the valley side from here. … Continue reading Decluttering The Shibden Valley