Saturday, 31 August 2013

Marsden Mill 2013

Many of the mills have been demolished and housing or offices built in their place. Wonder how long this one will remain standing?

Friday, 30 August 2013

Marsden Mill

Marsden doesn't look too dark and satanic these days. There used to be 13 mills in this small valley, now just a few disused buildings remain. You can read about how the industrial revolution touched Marsden here

Thursday, 29 August 2013


I visited Marsden recently, a village in the Colne valley in West Yorkshire sited near the Pennines. This shows a typical view of the village, stone built houses, allotments for growing fruit and veg and the high moor in the background.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

G is for Guess why the sheep is wearing a Yellow Jersey?

All around the Yorkshire Dales at present are sheep dressed in Yellow Jerseys. This one was at Mallam Tarn House. Why? When the Tour de France comes through the Yorkshire Dales next year, sheep will be everywhere. Most people just see them as white blobs on the landscape – The Tourism Network are working on a project to show how interesting and important sheep are to the Yorkshire Dales. See here for more details of all thing Dales!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Ginnel Vision

This passage leads to the remains of the oldest dwelling house left in York. It has been dated from the few surviving bits of masonry to around 1180 making it a Norman House. The courtyard at the end of the passage was restored in 1969 by the York Civic Trust.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Wooden Train

This children's play area is sited near the main rail line hence the engine themed slide.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Foggy Day in Ribblehead

Earlier this week Bill mentioned a post reminded him of Harry Potter. Which reminded me I had a Harry Potter connection waiting in the wings. The Hogwarts Express travels over this viaduct on its way from London.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Bell Tower

Almost the final addition to Fountains Abbey before the Dissolution was this bell tower built by Abbott Marmaduke Huby

Friday, 23 August 2013


Fountains Abbey cellarium has a vaulted roof that remains well preserved and really gives a feeling of being inside the Abbey. It would have been used to store food and drink but was likely partitioned off rather than open plan as it is today.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Fountains Abbey

Been away for a few days and one of the places we visited was Fountains Abbey. The Abbey was founded in the 12 century by monks who felt the life they lived in the rich Abbey of St Mary's in York was too comfortable. They decided to travel out of York and search for a place to start a new life that would bring them closer to God.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

F is for Feline

This is my favourite York Cat. He is over 90 years old and showing his age, but still looks every inch the fearsome ginger tomcat. For more information on York Cats see here.
Taking part in ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Early Morning

Early morning visit to St Helens Square, and there is not a living soul about. Plenty of tales of ghostly goings on in the Guildhall however which is just through that archway of the Mansion House.

Monday, 19 August 2013

This is me.......

..... today enjoying a ramble across the moors to celebrate my birthday!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Railway Companies

Formed in 1847 this railway company lasted until 1922 when it was amalgamated into another larger company. The five lions on St George's cross is still the emblem of the city.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Time for a Break...

The mug left on this bench is advertising a well known brand of chocolate biscuit that has been made in the city since 1935. The new production line is capable of producing 1 billion KitKats per year. I am not sure I can visualise that amount of chocolate.........

Friday, 16 August 2013

Wall Walk

Been a while since we visited the city walls. The green mound with the trees growing out of it is Baile Hill, a castle similar to the one you can just see through the trees used to stand here, but there is no sign left of the building now.

Thursday, 15 August 2013


Lots of modern windows reflected in this ancient one. St Andrew's church is on Spen Lane, a name which suggests it was once a place where Aspen trees were common.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

E is for Eboracum

Eboracum was the Roman name for York. This Roman tomb can be found in the Museum Gardens and the inscription notes:
To the spirits of the departed (and) to the good lady Aelia Severa, once the wife of Caecilius Rufus. She lived 27 years 9 months and 4 days. Caecilius Musicus his freedman placed (this monument). Translation courtesy of An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in City of York
Taking part in ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, 13 August 2013


This beautifully decorated clock is sited in the north transept of York Minster and was built in 1749 by local clockmaker Henry Hindley who had workshops in Petergate and later Stonegate. The two oak figures known as Gog and Magog are older than the clock (approx 400 years old) and they strike the chimes with their pikestaffs every quarter hour. The chimes can be heard throughout the Minster.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Lady Anne Middleton

Lady Anne Middleton looks down the path of Skeldergate House. Lady Anne was the wife of a Sheriff of York and founded a Hospice on this site in 1659 for the widows of twenty Freeemen of the city.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Main Street

There are several streets that could claim to be the 'main' street in York. This picture is taken looking down Spurriergate to where it joins Coney Street, and I always think of this as the main thoroughfare in the centre of the city.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Time for New Windows?

The windows on this pub give an insight into its history. Smoking is no longer allowed in any public building, and this smoke room is now the ladies toilets (where I suspect the odd cigarette may still be lit!). Originally called The Kings Arms it changed its name in the 19th Century to Ouse Bridge Inn (it is built next to the bridge), it has now reverted back to being The King Arms again. Glad they have kept the old windows, they do add character.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Fire Station

Did you guess? Yesterdays building houses the central fire station.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Name that Building

This rather attractive building houses a city essential, can you guess what that might be?

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

D is for Dalek

With 3 Daleks and a Cyberman on the roof you might be forgiven for wondering just what the 'Last Shop Before Mars' actually sells. It is in fact a petrol station on the outskirts of the city.
Taking part in ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Arts Barge Project

This painting of Skeldergate Bridge was part of The Arts Barge Project for the River Festival 2013. The Arts Barge are a not-for -profit arts business working with local communities. Their aim is to fund a permanent barge on the River Ouse to be used as a base for artists and performers

Monday, 5 August 2013

Most Definately Art

The city art gallery is closed for major refurbishment. This is one of the pictures currently brightening up the exterior hoardings. It shows Ouse Bridge when it was covered in buildings including a church. The tall spire is All Saint's North Street.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Is this more your style?

.................. an Italian meal in the fancy surroundings of the Assembly Rooms.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Friday, 2 August 2013

Am I Art?

No Phil, not in this case. See here for more details and make your own mind up if anything else is.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Electric Streetlight

The street lights over the York orbital cycle path have some interesting additions. This one shows the sparks flying. See here for another one I posted earlier
Taking part in CDP August theme day Street lamps
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