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Tuel Lane Lock and Tunnel.

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Tuel Lane Lock is a canal lock on the Rochdale Canal at Sowerby Bridge. The lock was built as part of the reopening of the canal and replaces locks 3 and 4 that were filled in during the 1950's. The following 2 pictures are what inspired this post. They were found on an old disk drive and the copyright does not belong to me. Sadly I do not know who took them so I cannot give them there rightful credit. I will remove them if the copyright owner request it.
 This picture shows the canal alongside Christ Church, with Lock No. 3 visible beyond the A58 bridge. I believe this picture to have been taken in the late 1940's to early 1950's before Tuel Lane was extended over the infilled canal. The pictures show the end of the Rochdale Canal at Sowerby Bridge during the 1980's or early 1990's. 
These pictures were taken along the canal from bridge 1a Tower Hill to lock 2 Sowerby Bridge upper lock over the last 5 years using various cameras depending on my mood and what day …

The Halifax Gibbet.

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The Halifax Gibbet Law. The following is taken from a notice within a display cabinet at the Bankfield Museum, Halifax. The display features a model of the gibbet and the original blade which was found in a solicitor's office in Wakefield in 1970.
In the early medieval period, the Lords of the Manor of Wakefield governed Halifax. They were granted the right to execute thieves caught on there land. From this right the custom of the Halifax Gibbet developed. Other places in Yorkshire also had the right to punish wrongdoers at this time. Halifax's gibbet law became famous, however as it continued in use for hundreds of years. Many think this was to protect the cloth trade which was a mainstay of Halifax's economy. The law stated that any thief caught with goods worth over 13 and a half pence could be killed by the gibbet. The executions would take place on market day, with many spectator's gathered to watch. There were over 53 recorded executions between 1541 and 1650. It is …

BMW Z3 and Z4.

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The Z3 and Z4 are a range of convertible and coupe roadster sports cars built by BMW.
The Z3 was first produced by BMW in September 1995 and was the first car ever solely manufactured outside of Germany, having been built in Greer, South Carolina, USA. Production was ended in June 2002.
The Z4 was it's replacement with production commencing in Greer in 2002 and moving to Regensburg, Germany in 2008. The Z4 is still in production today with the third generation model due to launch in 2018
These pictures were taken for a friend who had just bought the Z4 as a replacement for his Z3. They were taken on the 4th July 2015 using a Polaroid iS2132 Bridge Camera. They were 6 picture originally taken but these have increased with edits I have made since taking them.
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Copley Bridge, Toll Booth, and it's Replacement The Wilson Bridge.

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Copley River Bridge is a former toll crossing connecting Copley and Greetland across the River Calder. The original Bridge was built by Richard Kennet-Dawson in 1831 who was the last Lord of the Manor of Copley. The bridge carried North Dean Road across the River and a toll was charged until 1856 when the bridge became free to cross. The bridge stood for 184 years until the flooding that devastated the Calder Valley on Boxing Day 2015 destroyed the bridge. The 2 arch bridge had partially collapsed and remained like that until February 2017 when it was demolished in it's entirety to allow it's replacement The Wilson Bridge to be built.
The Bridge pictured in February 2014.
The Bridge pictured on New Years Day 2016, 6 days after the Calder Valley floods had damaged it beyond repair.
In February 2017 the remains of the bridge were cleared and work started on the replacement crossing. The Wilson Bridge was completed and opened in October 2017 and named by local school children af…

Early Morning Sunrise in Zeebrugge.

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Early Morning Sunrise is a set of 11 pictures I took in November 2015 as the boat I was on was entering the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium. I was on the boat as I was on a trip to Bruges and the dawn breaking as I entered the port was 1 of the highlights of the trip. I think the start of the day just added to what a fantastic place Bruges is to visit.

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The Pictures were taken using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera in November 2015.
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Brighouse Library & The Smith Art Gallery.

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Originally built as the Rydings in 1841 for miller John Brooke the buildings were bought by the town of Brighouse in 1897 and converted to the Brighouse Library. The grounds were converted in to a public park, indeed the first public park in Brighouse by Charles Kershaw in 1898.

The Smith Art Gallery was opened in May 1907, and named after William Smith a local mill owner who paid for the construction and much of the art featured in the gallery. It was opened by Princess Louise who was the first member of the royal family to visit Brighouse. There are 2 galleries having originally had 4. The front gallery features an exhibition of oil paintings including works by John Atkinson Grimshaw, a Victorian era artist from Leeds, Marcus Stone an English painter from London and member of the Royal Academy, and Thomas Sydney Cooper, a landscape artist from Canterbury.  The rear gallery host a constantly changing display, from local artists, touring exhibitions, photography and sculptures.

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Canal Wharf Saw Mills, Hebden Royd.

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Built in 1851 Canal Wharf Saw Mills occupies a prime position alongside the A646 Burnley Road, Rochdale Canal, and River Calder at Hebden Royd between the village of Mytholmroyd and the town of Hebden Bridge in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. Because of it's closeness to the canal and river it has suffered from flooding on a number of occasions and has stood empty since 2003.

Before being abandoned and listed for sale, the mill was home to the famous Walkley Clogs and was significantly damaged by fire due to arson in 1990. After this it was refurbished and became a major tourist attraction with a visitor centre for the clog making and a number of small craft shops occupying parts of the mill. Sadly due to it's popularity pressure was put upon the owners to pay for road improvements around the mill as the traffic was causing congestion, but despite a number of schemes going before planning all were rejected leading to the tourist attraction closing in the late 1990's. Since th…