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The Statue of J.B. Priestley

The statue of John Boynton Priestley stands proudly outside the National Media Museum, Bradford as a tribute to one of the cities favourite sons. Unveiled in 1986 by his wife Jacquetta Hawkes, the bronze statue features a plaque on the granite plinth with a quotation from his novel Bright Day. J.B. Priestley was a novelist, scriptwriter, playwright and social commentator born in Mannigham a suburb of Bradford, West Yorkshire on the 13th September 1894. Some of his most famous works were An Inspector Calls, Laburnum Grove, and Jenny Villiers. He was still working in his 70's and died aged 89 on the 14th August 1984.
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Top Withens. Emily Bronte's Inspiration.

The abandoned farmstead of Top Withens (Also known as Top Withins) is said to have been the inspiration for Emily Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights. There is a plaque at the ruins that reads, ''This Farmhouse has been associated with "Wuthering Heights", the Earnshaw home in Emily Bronte's novel. The buildings, even when complete, bore no resemblance to the house she described, but the situation may have been in her mind when she wrote the moorland setting of the Heights.'' - Bronte Society 1964. This plaque has been placed here in response to many enquiries.

The farm was thought to have been built in the 2nd half of the 16th century and was lived in by the Sunderland family when the novel was published in 1847. The last known inhabitant was Ernest Reddy in 1926.
There are a total of 11 different pictures featured in 2 albums. 7 photos can be viewed here on Flickr or the album below. The remaining 4 can be viewed only here on Clickasnap. The pictures w…

Wainhouse Tower, King Cross, Halifax.

My Wainhouse Tower portfolio features 15 different pictures with 10 available to view on Flickr by clicking here. There a further 3 that can be viewed on Clickasnap by clicking here, and finally there are a couple for sale on Photo 4 Me by clicking here.
A little about Wainhouse Tower which is a folly in King Cross, an area of Halifax, West Yorkshire. It rises 275 feet making it the tallest folly in the world, has 403 steps from the bottom to the lower viewing area and took 4 years to build being completed in 1875. The tower is open to the public on bank holidays and cost's just a few pounds to enter with outstanding views across the Calder Valley the reward.
The tower was originally built to provide a chimney for the Washer Lane Dye Works but when the works manager bought the works he did not want to pay for the tower, so John Edward Wainhouse decided to add viewing platforms to it and the local tale of the Tower of Spite began. The tale goes that Wainhouse had a long standing f…

Todmorden Unitarian Church.

Todmorden Unitarian Church is a redundant Unitarian church, now under the management of the historic chapels trust, which is located at Honey Hole Road, OL14 6LE, near the centre of Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
Work started on the church in 1865 paid for by brothers, Joshua, John and Samuel who built the church in the memory of there father "Honest John" John Fielden at a cost of £35,000 (equivalent to £3,074,555 at June 2017 on land that the family owned and only using the best materials they could find and in a gothic style with a tall imposing spire. The first sermon was in April 1869 and the church was continuously in use until 1987 when it fell in to disrepair due to decay and vandalism. In 1994 the Historic Chapels Trust took over the church and started a £1,000,000 refurbishment and repair program and the church began services began again in 2008. Grade I listed status was granted on the 22nd November 1966.
The pictures I took are featured in 2 albums totalling 24 phot…

The Calder & Hebble Navigation. Halifax Branch Canal.

The Halifax Branch of the Calder & Hebble canal is an approx. half mile waterway that stretchers from Salterhebble junction / locks to the Watermill bar at Salterhebble Wharf.
The canal opened in 1828 and rose through 14 locks to end at Bailey Hall close to where the train station and Eureka museum now stands. The Halifax Branch fell in to disuse with the rise of firstly railways and the road transport and the section from Salterhebble Wharf to Bailey Hall was abandoned in 1942 and this has now become a cycle / pedestrian route known as the Hebble Trail with a little evidence that it was once a canal.
There is a little support for reopening this stretch of canal to help boost tourism in Halifax and a more enlightened council may look at these proposals but sadly with limited finance, and an unambitious local authority this is unlikely to ever happen.
There are 2 albums of different photos taken on this stretch of canal. The Flickr album featuring 16 pictures and can be viewed T…