In The Eye Of The Beholder

Sculpture on the walls of Queensgate Market, HuddersfieldQueensgate Market, HuddersfieldQueensgate Market, Huddersfield Whenever I tell friends and family that I find Huddersfield's Queensgate Market beautiful, they look at me as though I have taken leave of my senses and forgotten to collect them from the Lost Property Department. Beauty may well be in the eye … Continue reading In The Eye Of The Beholder

Stone Face, Huddersfield

All the walking in this Lockdown Spring sunshine takes us down roads, so familiar, we have long since stopped looking. And then we notice something we must have passed a hundred times, and we see it for the first time. In this case, it was a magnificent stone face on Netheroyd Hill Road in Huddersfield. 

Unnatural Events In Downtown Huddersfield

I am no animal expert, but that doesn't look like a deer to me. If it is, it is the most unnatural deer to trot around the deer parks of Huddersfield. And whilst we are talking about unnatural, this photograph was taken in February when the weather is supposed to be cold, dark and dismal. … Continue reading Unnatural Events In Downtown Huddersfield

Stop ‘n Snap ‘n Ride

George Hotel, Huddersfield Like many people who take photographs, I can be pretty annoying to walk around with, due to an inability to walk in a straight line from A to B without stopping to take photos at A1, A2, A3 etc. It is not too bad if I am by myself, as long as … Continue reading Stop ‘n Snap ‘n Ride

Random History : Giving Way To The Enjoyment Of The Conservative Ball

This week, our random-number-driven time machine takes us back to the year 1893 and to Huddersfield, where someone has been giving way to the enjoyment of the Conservative Ball. It resulted in ten bob fine plus expenses! Serves him right is all I can say. OBSTRUCTING A POLICE OFFICER AT THE CONSERVATIVE BALL¬†: Joseph Crow … Continue reading Random History : Giving Way To The Enjoyment Of The Conservative Ball

A Telephone Call Interrupts A Night At Huddersfield’s Microscopical Soiree

My random-driven time machine sends me off to a meeting of the Huddersfield Literary And Scientific Society in 1879, but whilst I am looking at a wood spider through a microscope, a telephone call teaches me a lesson about history.

A Genius Too Great For Slaithwaite

I have a large box of Victorian studio photographs at home, and I am slowly working my way through them: looking at them, scanning them, and seeing where they take me. Today they took me on a fascinating trans-continental journey in the company of John Jabez Edwin Mayall, pioneer photographer, trans-Atlantic entrepreneur, and friend of … Continue reading A Genius Too Great For Slaithwaite

Instantaneous Sadness

There is a sadness about this woman of two centuries ago. It is as though the instantaneous camera of Mr. William Colton Pearson has captured her in a moment of doubt: not quite knowing what awaits in the new century that lies just around the next bend of Manchester Road.

Faces From Nowhere

This isn't really a "Picture from Nowhere" because I know it is a photograph of children at South Crosland Junior School in Huddersfield and, I would guess, it was taken in the nineteen forties or early fifties. They are, however, faces from nowhere - young faces that went somewhere in life.