Back in the early twentieth century, when picture postcards were all the rage, the subjects reflected what people saw as important, what they were proud of, what – to them – represented their home towns and villages. There were, of course, many pictures of celebrity music hall stars and vacuous views of pretty nothingness; but there were also grand public […]
I grew up in the village of Northowram, a few miles north of Halifax, and I must have taken this photograph of the top end of the village about forty years ago. It shows the village, looking east from Howes Lane. What caught my eye when I scanned the negative a few days ago was the mill chimney in the […]
There is a delightful serendipity about the objects that end up in the window of a second hand shop. All human life is there – available at a bargain price.
The Calder Valley seen at its very best – on the way to the pub!
Pot House Hamlet is the site of a 17th Century glassworks and an 18th Century pottery just outside the village of Silkstone. Today it is the home of a charming collection of shops and a restaurant.
It took me a few moments to fit the scene depicted in this 1908 postcard of Hall End, Halifax, into my late twentieth century perceptions of the town. “Hall End” was not a description I was immediately familiar with, nor were the buildings in the centre of the scene. The rather grand building which is centre-left in this view is […]
The Yorkshire Miner’s Gala parade through Doncaster in 1982, a couple of years before the famous Miners’ Strike. The faces are still confident, the hopes still in place.
According to my records – which are about as accurate as a Prime Minister’s promise – I took this photograph of Rhodes Street, Halifax in 1973. To me that sounds like only yesterday, but I suppose it is history. It is the year that I moved to London, and the walk down Gibbet Street might have been part of some […]
POSTCARDS FROM HOME : Shibden Mill Inn & Lake There are few pleasanter spots to enjoy a pint of beer on a summers’ evening than the Shibden Mill Inn, and that has been the case for the best part of two hundred years. This particular postcard dates from the early part of the twentieth century (the postmark is, I think, […]