Basin Street Blues

A determination to catch the last of the late summer sun took me to Brighouse Canal Basin yesterday, and a determination to scan my way through all my old photographs also took me to the same place - albeit fifty-three years earlier. The canal basin was looking glorious in the sunshine. A few late flowers … Continue reading Basin Street Blues

The Whole, Neatly Furnished

"The new Cemetery is situated in Lighteliffe Road, and contains an area of about nine acres. The frontage towards the above-named road is enlosed with a atone wall and also ornamental wrought-iron railings, and has two wells for water, one for domestic purposes, and the other for the use of cattle..... The buildings include the … Continue reading The Whole, Neatly Furnished

Brighouse And The End Of The American Civil War

Bethel Street, Brighouse c. 1966 The last of the four photographs from Brighouse back in the 1960s shows the busy pavements of Bethel Street with the unmistakable facade of the Prince of Wales Pub (now The Old Ship) in the background. The renaming of pubs is normally a retrograde process, but in the case of … Continue reading Brighouse And The End Of The American Civil War

The View From The Other Side

Thornton Square, Brighouse c. 1966 What else is there to do? Once you have taken a photograph looking down Briggate in Brighouse, the obvious thing to do is to walk to the other end of the street and take a photograph looking up Briggate. As with so many of the photos I took over fifty … Continue reading The View From The Other Side

Life Before Wilko

Briggate, Brighouse c. 1966 This is a photograph I took of Briggate in Brighouse over half a century ago. It seems like only yesterday, but the fact that the right hand side of the street no longer exists proves that it was a lot of yesterdays ago. This was Brighouse before Wilko, before Tesco, before … Continue reading Life Before Wilko

Sounds Familiar

BRIGHOUSE NEWS : SATURDAY JUNE 26 1880 With nothing much to do other than read old newspapers, I found this article in a copy of the local Brighouse News from exactly 140 years ago. It was a report by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Britton, on efforts being taken to combat the outbreak of scarlet … Continue reading Sounds Familiar

A Brookfoot Triptych

After publishing one of my old vintage postcards of Brookfoot - which is little more than a bend in the river a mile or so west of Brighouse - on a Facebook local history site, I started a trawl through my collection to see if I had any more postcards featuring the same spot. I … Continue reading A Brookfoot Triptych

Slate-Grey In Brighouse

These are strange times: there seems so much to do in the world and yet we are assured that our best contribution is to stay at home. So what else is there to do other than to turn to the past and set out on a virtual voyage of exploration. By walking in the footsteps … Continue reading Slate-Grey In Brighouse