Saturday, 13 December 2014

Ogden Water Country Park, Nr Halifax.

Ogden Water country park is situated north of the town of Halifax if you follow Ogden Lane from the A629 Keighley Road. The postcode is HX2 8YA. There is onsite car parking, a visitor centre and tea rooms within a short distance of the reservoir.
Halifax Corporation built Ogden Reservoir between 1854 and 1858 at a cost of over £90,000 and a workforce of over 500 men. The stone laying ceremony took place on the 11th August 1854 and this stone can still be seen having been moved from the dam bottom to the picnic area to stop it being lost during works a few years ago.
The reservoir holds approx. 222 million gallons of water and can supply Halifax with up to 1 million gallons of water a day if needed by gravity alone. The reservoir is fed by the Hebble Brook, Skirden Clough and water running down from the moorland above.
Yorkshire water took over responsibility for the reservoir in 1974, and the surrounding woodland and nature reserve have been looked after Calderdale Leisure Services since 1987. Ogden water was renamed in 1988 having previously been called Ogden Reservoir.


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Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Suprisingley Grade II Listed Gas Works Road Bridge, Sowerby Bridge.

The bridge pictured here with Wainhouse Tower in the background.
Gas Works Road Bridge is a Grade II listed river crossing at Sowerby Bridge. The bridge was built in 1816 by Aydon and Elwell and is made of cast iron and steel with stone supports, it was widened in 1850. The bridge was granted grade II listed status on July 19th 1988.
The bridge allows access by foot but the wooden walkways are now closed off to prevent access by pedestrians with only the central tarmacked roadway accessible. The bridge has been closed to traffic for as long as I can remember and is in a sorry state of repair for a listed building, Calderdale Council should hang there head in shame.

Gas Works Road Bridge is situated at the bottom of Chapel Lane and connects it with Holmes Road. The Bridge crossers the River Calder.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Canary Wharf, Thames Flood Barrier and the Greenwich Tall Ships.

I took the following pictures whilst waiting for the Woolwich Ferry on Thursday 4th September 2014. The tall ships were at Greenwich for the festival over the following weekend. There isn't a lot of information to add to these pictures. They were taken with my Polaroid digital camera,
 Canary Wharf, O2 Arena, and the Thames Flood Barrier taken from the Woolwich Ferry Southern Jetty.

The tall ships were in London for the Royal Greenwich tall ships festival.

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Saint Bartholomews Church, Ripponden.

Saint Bartholomews Church,
Old Bank,
Saint Bartholomews Church is a grade II Listed Anglican place of worship serving the village of Ripponden in the Ryburn valley. The current building is the fourth to have stood on the site and was consecrated on the 22nd October 1868. The church sits alongside the River Ryburn in a scenic setting and is built over the Cob Clough stream which has caused extensive flooding damage in the past.
These Pictures were taken with my Polaroid digital camera on Saturday 15th February 2014.


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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Port de Sant Miguel, Ibiza

Whilst staying in Portinatx, Ibiza I decided to take the coastal boat trip to Port de San Miguel a distance of approx. 9 miles which took about 45mins to complete. I spent about 6 hours in San Miguel visiting the show cave of Cova de Can Marca which I have already posted about, and just having a look around the village.
Port de San Miguel is a popular beach resort on the Northern coast of Ibiza situated in small sea cove surrounded by high cliffs with run up to the beach head. The high cliffs give good points for taking pictures of the cove and surrounding hotels. The cove was initially built as the fishing port for the nearby villages but now has several hotels and restaurants to serve the now mainly tourist industry.
These pictures were taken on Saturday 12th July 2014 with my Polaroid digital camera.

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

A Few Random Views of the edge of Norland Moor.

Norland Moor is a heather style moorland that rises up above the village of Norland and covers approx. 250 acres stretching between Norland, Greetland, and Barkisland and overlooking the Calder Valley. The moor has been a place of recreation for centuries and today is still popular with families today for walking and relaxing. The moor features a children's playground at the corner of Norland Village. The moor has been quarried at stages but is relatively in good condition and there is evidence of standing stones, ritual sacrifice and historic use by mankind.
The moor was owned by Francis Longbottom and in 1937 control was passed to Sowerby Bridge and District Urban Council. In 1974 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council took control of the moor.
On the Malcolm Bull Calderdale Companion Website it says the following 2 interesting facts about the moor, 
 There are a number of holes on the moor which have been cordoned off with barbed wire. Below ground, they are fitted out with basic stone tables and seats. These were built in the 1950s by the Royal Observer Corps and were to be used in the event of nuclear attacks.  In 1948, the War Department announced that it wanted to take over 110 acres of the moor for tank exercises, although it promised that there would be no live ammunition fired. There is a link to the Malcolm Bull website at the bottom of this page.
The area of the moor I visited took me in a circle starting at Shaw Lane Opposite St Luke's Church and Norland Junior & Infants School in the centre of the village and I crossed the moor reaching the road at the junction of Turbury Lane and Norland Road which features a bridge over Norland Clough. I then headed back to my Starting point along New Clough Road and Moor End Lane.
These pictures and the ones on Flickr were taken on Friday 24th October 2014 with my Polaroid Digital Camera.
Looking towards St Luke's Church in the village of Norland. 
Pool on the Moor. 
Norland Clough flowing under Norland Road Bridge. 
Welcome to Norland Sign.
Norland Moor Crossroads.

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

All Saints Church, Dudwell Lane, Salterhebble, Halifax

All Saints Church sits in the parish of All Saints, Salterhebble, Halifax. The church foundation stone was laid in August 1857 and opened for worship in 1858 at the same time as the parish of All Saints was created. The church undertook renovations and extensions in 1874 and added the still in use burial grounds in 1903.

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