Monday, 31 May 2010
This picture is a photo of a red campion flower in a hedgerow in Leeds, Yorkshire.
Whilst I am no expert on the wildflowers and plants of the UK, I do find that as I photograph more wildflowers for this blog, I do quite often know the name of the flower in the photo. These I learnt as a boy from my mother in the countryside around our home in rural Oxfordshire.
This flower the red campion (Silene dioica, syn. Melandrium rubrum) is a flowering plant native in much of Europe. Flowers of the red campion plant can vary from pink to red, the ones in this picture are quite pink.
Wild flower identification is much simpler than perhaps using a field guide these days. On the web you can now use an on-line questionnaire to help you identify a plant that you do not know here in the UK. The Botanical Society of the British Isles has a very good on-line plant and wildflower identifier.
Sunday, 30 May 2010
This picture is of the cornflower wild flower growing wild in a country lane in Leeds.
I was driving along a country lane just outside the Leeds ring road when I spotted the distinctive cornflower blue of this native wildflower.
At the time of my childhood the cornflower was seen in most corn fields around the Oxfordshire of youth. With modern farming methods and the over-use of herbicides this once common plant is now endangered.
Centaurea cyanus is known by several other names (Cornflower, Bachelor's button, Bluebottle, Boutonniere flower, Hurtsickle) it is a small annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe.
The cornflower was once used to create cornflower blue the colour, the cornflower being a true blue flower. This wild flower features in in folklore, cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man's love was not returned.
Saturday, 29 May 2010
This picture shows a framed photographic print of a steam locomotive in the window of an art gallery here in Yorkshire.
More specifically it shows a framed print of a photograph by me and it sold yesterday. The first artwork I have ever sold, not the first digital image but the first printed photo.
Ellen my friend in whose gallery it hung told me someone would buy it, I was perhaps a little less certain. So thanks, Ellen of Massarella's in Saltaire. Thanks are also due to my good friend and mentor Lorne Campbell, who was pleased to get a photo in the Sydney Morning Herald recently, his normal habitat is the UK broadsheets.
Thursday, 27 May 2010
This picture shows a more detailed photo of the City of Leeds coat of arms built into a wall at Seacroft Hospital.
Yesterday I posted a photo of the coat of arms and its surroundings. Today this detail in the stonework has rather weathered and there is some greening due to some form of algae.
I may be wrong but I suspect that this stonework dates from the construction of Seacroft hospital at the beginning of the 19th Century. This version of the coat of arms is quite old because the modern one has a helmet built into the design.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Whilst strolling around the grounds of Seacroft hospital last week I came across this seat by the boundary wall.
There is most likely an architectural name for the stone feature surrounding this seat but it escapes me. Built onto the wall at the back of the seat is the coat of arms for the city of Leeds.
This coat of arms is similar to the current one described as: Shield: azure, a fleece or, on a chief sable three mullets argent; Crest: on a wreath or and azure, an owl proper; Supporters: an owl proper ducally crowned or; Motto: "Pro Rege et Lege". The difference on this older version, there is no helmet between the shield and the little owl above it. The motto is latin "For King and the law". Its motto is similar to the original used by the Australian capital of Canberra which was granted its arms in 1928.
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
If like me you have ever driven out out the city city of Leeds along the A64 York road you wave passed this tall structure and perhaps wondered about it.
The photo shows a view of the old clock tower at Seacroft hospital in the North East of the city. This tall brick built tower is dual purpose apart from the large clock its real purpose is as a water tower holding 28,000 gallons. Today the clock tower is a Grade II listed building.
The large clock was built by Wm Potts & sons a well known Leeds clock makers. There are several large clocks by Wm Potts around the city of Leeds, eventually I will post more pictures of them.
Seacroft hospital was opened in 1904 as an infectious diseases hospital, hence the quite spread out layout. In the early years of the century diseases like scarlet fever and diphtheria amongst others killed many people so many cities had isolation hospitals.
During the war of 1914-1918 Seacroft hospital became the East Leeds War Hospital with 1900 beds. At a time when casualties from the Western front were treated at hospitals all over the country, Leeds was a major centre for the evacuated troops. This explains why there are quite a few CWGC headstones around the various cemeteries and churchyard across the city.
Monday, 24 May 2010
This picture shows a road sign off the York Road in Leeds called Bridle Path.
I parked up adjacent to Seacroft hospital to have a quick look for anything interesting for my Leeds Daily Photo and the road name sign itself is I think unusual.
Bridle Path road in Leeds 14 takes its name from an earlier time when using horses as a means of transport was common. Today there are still quite a few bridle paths or bridleways around but they are not roads just rather like a public right of way path but for horses as well as people on foot.
Sunday, 23 May 2010
This picture shows a young couple on Centenary Bridge with buildings on the Leeds waterfront in the background.
I was walking along the Calls in Leeds a few days ago when a young couple on seeing my camera asked if I would take their photo. They were in the city centre to celebrate the anniversary of the one year together since they met. This is Andrew Oxley and Cat Jones and they are pleased with this portrait. (Andrew emailed me)
I could not resist using Leeds - City of Romance although of course Eric at Paris Daily Photo has I think the best claim as cities go, closely followed by Valeria at Verona Daily Photo.
I have over the past few month taken several photographs of or from Centenary Bridge on the Leeds waterfront.
Saturday, 22 May 2010
This picture shows an old sign "No Hawking" somewhere off the York Road in Leeds.
I had parked my car to get my satnav out and find the old cemetery I was looking for. I thought I would have a quick mooch around nearby see if there was anything interesting when I noticed this old sign built into an old gateway.
"No Hawking" not something you might come across here in England this last 30 years or so I guess. From my childhood I think this means no pedlars, no one hawking their goods. I have not seen a sign like this since my childhood and was surprised to see this old one.
I also got to explore a little of Seacroft hospital and took a few photos for this blog, but that will be for another day.
Friday, 21 May 2010
This picture shows Cristyn in Leeds city centre promoting an evening charity gig by handing out flyers.
Cristyn works for Shelter the homeless charity and they are having an evening of live music here in Leeds next Thursday. All proceeds to charity - Shelter.
I had just left the HiFi club having taken some photos of Hannah Trigwell and always on the lookout for a story for the Leeds Daily Photo encountered Cristyn on the pavement trying to drum up some visitors to the event Shelter are putting on next week.
An evening of live music, featuring some of the finest artists/dj's in the region.
Acts include acoustic, alternative and progressive rock from:
Silence Sparks Dialogue
Followed by DJ sets from Danny Savage, Alcatraz Harry and Foz.
Tickets are just £3 on the night and every penny we make goes straight to charity.
Age Requirement: 18+
When: Thursday, 27 May 2010
19:30 - 00:00
Where: Mr Ben's
9a Albion Street
Leeds LS1 5AA
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
This picture shows Leeds singer/songwriter Hannah Trigwell holding a copy of her debut EP .
Hannah Trigwell was at the HiFi club here in Leeds city centre for the launch of her newly recorded debut EP. Hannah had just come off stage when I asked her if she would mind posing for me with her EP for a photo for this blog.
I am now getting the hang of portrait photography, after photographing all those buildings (see this blog for pictures of buildings all over Leeds and further afield) and I quite like this picture of Hannah.
Hannah's debut "Hold My Heart" EP is now available on Amazon to buy. Also available at Jumbo Records, Leeds. I will see if I can get my hands on a copy or two and perhaps give away as a prize to one of my readers on the Leeds Daily Photo. Being small and light I could mail it worldwide.
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
This photograph shows Hannah Trigwell and her band singing and playing on stage at the HiFi club in Leeds.
I would like to name check those on stage with Hannah on this evening but apart from Hannah the only one I know from her Youtube video is on the left Dave Ingham on guitar.
Apart from Hannah and Dave on drums was Andy Siron, bass Tom Wright, strings Kieran O'Malley, keys James Thompson and last but by no means least Laura Oakes who like Hannah is a singer/songwriter.
Monday, 17 May 2010
This picture shows local singer/songwriter Hannah Trigwell performing on stage at the HiFi club in Leeds city centre.
Hannah has come a long way since I first heard her on Briggate, busking as a slightly nervous 17 year old. Hannah now has management and this gig at the HiFi club was the launch event for her debut EP "Hold My Heart".
Hannah now has her very own nice website and of course her Youtube channel where many people from around the globe tune in to check out her latest videos.
I was pleased to be able to attend this event because I am a fan of Hannah and her music and I will feature more photographs of Hannah and the band over the next few days.
Checkout the all new singing and no dancing Hannah Trigwell website
Sunday, 16 May 2010
This picture is of a Goldfinch seen by me whilst waiting on platform 2 for the train to Leeds.
It is I think a male goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), the European goldfinch a small bird of the finch family. In this photo you can only see a little of the bright yellow on the wings that give this little bird its name. The collective noun for this species is 'a charm of goldfinches' which I think is a good one because these little birds are indeed charming.
The goldfinch is easily recognized with its patch of red across the face, golden yellow wing bars and black and white markings on the head, wings and tail. I have no garden where I live now so I look forward to seeing birds like these on my journeys around the area where I live.
I used to see a fox quite often on platform 3 of Shipley station on my morning journey into Leeds. We would just stop and look at each other for a few moments when he would turn and trot off back the way he had come.
Tomorrow news of Leeds singer songwriter Hannah Trigwell.
Saturday, 15 May 2010
This picture shows the Portland stone CWGC headstone marking the grave of Vera Mann ATS at Holbeck Cemetery, Leeds.
Holbeck Cemetery has 86 graves of service men and women from the two wars, 65 from WW1 and 21 from WW2. All over the UK there are these Portland stone headstones in more than 12,000 cemeteries and graveyards.
Whenever I see one or more of these distinctive markers in a graveyard I make the time to look and think about the young (mostly) men (almost always) who lie beneath the often well tended grass. Sadly in Holbeck cemetery this is not the case.
I have never seen one similar to this one in the photo above before in any of he many graveyards I have visited. The thing is this, this marker is for a young woman who died in WW2.
This headstone reads:
Aux. Territorial Service
11th May 1943 Age 22
We Plan But God Decides
Vera Mann was at 22 years the daughter of Daughter of William and Minnie Renolds Mann, of Beeston Hill Leeds. Vera had joined the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) the womens branch of the British army as one of the 190,000 or so women to serve in the ATS.
On the morning of 11th May 1943 27 young women were doing PE outside the ATS hostel where they were billeted when FW 190 fighter bombers came over they rushed for the supposed safety of the building and 26 of them lost their lives in this German bombing raid at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
This young woman is not the first Vera from Leeds who died in WW2 that I have written about, Vera Leigh was an SOE heroine.
Friday, 14 May 2010
This picture shows a row of Inscription Graves at Holbeck cemetery in the city of Leeds, Yorkshire.
I think this form of burial was perhaps a local thing here in Leeds, because I have never seen it before on my travels. Each headstone was used twice, by having two sets of graves one to the East and also one to the West, with the names on both sides of the headstone. Each headstone is a list of names, date of death and the age of the unrelated persons buried there.
As in this one:
died Janry 17th 1918 Aged 75 years
Mary Jane Gatenby
died Janry 21st 1918 Aged 70 years
Died Janry 22nd 1918 Aged 70 Years
Died Janry 27th 1918 Aged 16 Years
Died Febry 1st 1918 Aged 30 Years
Died Febry 3rd 1918 Aged 74 Years
Died Febry 5th 1918 Aged 2 Years
Died Febry 15th 1918 Aged 14 Months
Died Febry 16th 1918 Aged 3 Years
Died Febry 17th 1918 Aged 3 1/2 Years
Anyone who fancies a life lived in the past should take note of the above ages, these really were not good odds.
The Victorian city fathers created these city cemeteries driven in part by the profit motive, thinking that when the overcrowded parish graveyards were of necessity closed they would have a monopoly. People of my grandfathers generation lived in fear of dying and being placed in an unmarked trench as a pauper. One solution were these inscription graves as seen above, they became known popularly as Guinea Graves, because that is what the cost for an adult was 21 Shillings, with half that sum for a child.
Thursday, 13 May 2010
This sign says it all "Welcome to Holbeck Cemetery".
Leeds city council has erected similar signs near the entrance to public parks, but I was surprised to see this one near the entrance to Holbeck cemetery, Leeds.
Maybe they are being optimistic but having visited this interesting Victorian burial ground I would not call it a tourist destination. There are serious signs of ongoing and large scale desecration with many headstones destroyed. I cannot ever recall being quite so shocked at the scale here in this cemetery at any other cemetery I have ever visited in any town, city or indeed country. I spent quite a while looking at the many headstones and pondering the fate that awaits us all. I left earlier than I wanted to when I noticed a couple of Pakistani lads walking their large "attack" dog amongst the headstones not too far distant. This cemetery has a good sized wall around most of the boundary and I did not fancy trying to outrun any of them. My camera is obviously expensive and I am getting past running for anything. Call me chicken but on my last close encounter with a rottweiler it sank its not inconsiderable fangs into my leg, yes reader 18 months on I still have the scar and that one was a friends neighbours family pet. Quite why anyone would want a pet that could take ones arm off I do not know!
Sorry I got diverted... Holbeck cemetery is interesting, although sadly these days the area around it is rather run down, as is the cemetery. The cemetery covers around 10 acres and was opened in 1857 designed by Joshua Major. There are many large Victorian monuments to wealthy individuals and also something I had never seen before... Guinea graves of which more tomorrow.
Holbeck cemetery is located at
Holbeck Cemetery, Fairfax Road
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
This photo of Kildwick Hall was taken by putting my camera through the bars in the gate.
Kildwick Hall is a seventeenth century Grade 11* listed building and is constructed of the local millstone grit with mullion windows.
Kildwick Hall has I think some small connection with the Bronte family of Haworth, at the time of Charlotte Bronte publishing her first two novels she used the assumed name Currer Bell. The Bronte family must have known the Hall at Kildwick and there was a Miss Frances Currer (1785-1861) who was known as a scholar and collector of books living there at that time. Also above the entrance doorway of the hall are the arms of the squires of Haworth, impaled by those of the Currer family.
In the 1970's and 80's Kildwick Hall was a restaurant and a hotel but today it is a private residence.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Picture of the gateway at Kildwick Hall in the village of the same name here in Yorkshire.
Notice the two stone lions above the gateway, lions feature in the family crest of the Currers who lived in the the Hall. The lions and the imposing gate were added by Henry Currer in the period of William III.
I was going to photograph the gateway and lions from directly in front of them, then I noticed that these lions were most definitely male. So I moved to a more oblique angle, the Leeds Daily Photo is family viewing.
Monday, 10 May 2010
This picture shows a view of The White Lion public house in the pretty village of Kildwick, Yorkshire.
This photo was taken from just outside the churchyard of the church of St Andrew in the heart of the village.
At one time this was the main road but now the village is by-passed by the new dual carriageway.
The White Lion pub is quite old, I am not sure of the date and the name most likely comes from part of the coat of arms of a local landowner, but I am just guessing. The Nearby Kildwick Hall a 17th C house that was built in 1642 has a pair of lions over the gateway at the front.
Sunday, 9 May 2010
This picture shows the church tower with clock of St Andrews Church in the village of Kildwick, Yorkshire.
As can be seen in the photograph this churchyard has a Yew tree adjacent to this old church.
The clock dates from 1709 and was a gift from W Currer, it has a date of 1828 on the clock face but this was when the clock was refurbished by public subscription. The tower has only one clock face on it and it faces south. The clock is wound by hand once a week even today.
The clock face has around the edge the words:
The gift of W. Currer of Steeton,
Late citizen of London 1709.
Renewed by subscription.
Redeem the time
and the date 1828 is also on the clock face. I have no idea who William Currer of Steeton was but he must have been quite wealthy. By chance I once lived in the village of Steeton, this being perhaps two miles from Kildwick.
Saturday, 8 May 2010
This photo is a picture of the tower of the church in the village of Kildwick in Yorkshire.
St. Andrew's Church at Kildwick was founded in 950AD and is mentioned in the Domesday book but it was mostly rebuilt in the the 14th century.
The church itself is quite long and low in shape.
Friday, 7 May 2010
This picture shows some flowers growing out of an old stone wall in the village of Kildwick not far from the town of Skipton in Yorkshire.
I went over to Skipton to collect something and stopped in Kildwick to get a few photos for this blog. It always amazes me when I see flowers growing like these on a vertical wall. It is little things like these flowers and the daffodils on the roadside that make Kildwick such an attractive small village.
Thursday, 6 May 2010
This picture shows Jamie Hanley, Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Pudsey, stood in front of the ticket barrier at Leeds railway station.
Here I must add that this is in no way an endorsement of the Labour party or indeed Jamie Hanley. Jamie is the only politician that I have come across in the last few weeks prior to the election, so today election day, his photo is representative of politicians generally. It could just as easily have been someone from the Monster Raving Loony party, but I have no photo of their candidate, if any.
I had been into Leeds city centre taking photographs for my Leeds Daily Photo and also for my Yorkshire stock photography generally when I by chance noticed a politician walking through Leeds train station. I did not know him and only knew what he was because of the rosette that both he and the woman he was with were wearing.
I was traveling home and rather took them by surprise when I asked if I could get a photo. Until I produced my camera, they thought I wanted my photo with Jamie, not knowing I would be at the wrong end of the whole thing! His helper said that they would email me with details of what the story was, never heard from them since. Jamie was doing a photo op with Transport Secretary, Lord Adonis about plans to upgrade the rail service.
Jamie is standing for election to parliament for the seat of Pudsey, no not the bear, the market town of Pudsey not far from Leeds. Pudsey is perhaps most famous here in the UK for being the home town of Pudsey bear, the mascot for the BBC Children in Need charity. Pudsey the town was a separate entity, but it was incorporated into the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds in 1974.
I wish Jamie luck today, one thing I would say in his favour is that he is a local man, not someone parachuted into the election by party HQ. Not sure he would want reminding of Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his encounter with a Northern pensioner lady (I say this because both Jamie and Gordon are members of the Labour party).
If you missed the Gordon Brown meets ordinary old lady from the North of England I really do recommend watching this video.
If you live here in the UK, please do use your vote, our great-grandfathers most likely did not have one. Get out and be counted, they represent us, we may not agree or like what they do in our name but today we do have a choice. I feel sure Jamie would not want me to link him with the above video, but I would have done the same to any party and I do not care how you use your vote today whether its for Labour, Liberal, Green, Conservative or indeed the Monster Raving Loony party. Just go the the box and mark your vote!
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
This picture shows a blue plaque on the wall of the E C Stoner building on the University of Leeds campus.
The blue plaque was unveiled in March 1996 by the widow of professor E C Stoner and reads:
Edmund Clifton Stoner FRS
The University of Leeds
First Professor of Theoretical Physics
Cavendish Professor of Physics
Distinguished for his research on
Magnetism, Atomic Structure
I am not a scientist and until I read this plaque I had no idea who Stoner was, but this large building is quite a memorial to a life in science.
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Monday, 3 May 2010
This picture shows a view of the E C Stoner building on the University of Leeds campus.
Edmund Clifton Stoner (1899-1968) was a British Theoretical Physicist and this building which houses the Department of Physics and Astronomy is named in his honour. Stoner was professor of theoretical physics at Leeds for many years.
This large glass and concrete building is one of the better known buildings on the Leeds University site.
Sunday, 2 May 2010
This picture shows a view of the Roger Stevens building on the Leeds University campus.
This building was named in honour of Sir Roger Bentham Stevens (June 8, 1906 - February 20, 1980) an academic, diplomat and civil servant. Sir Roger Stevens was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds 1963-1970.
The Roger Stevens building is the main lecture theatre complex on the campus.
I have visited the Leeds Uni campus a few times to get pictures for this blog but had somehow missed seeing this building with its water feature until the day I was early for the Leeds Roller Girl derby at the sports hall and was looking around when I took the above photo.
Saturday, 1 May 2010
I think this picture of the Birmingham Blitz Dames I featured on my blog yesterday gives the answer to which members of the roller derby team they are.
As can be seen in the photo they are from left..
Queen Boudi See Ya! #60 AD
Bitchy the Killer #978 Being a movie buff I like this one.
Nina Nunchucks #99
I think the girls thought that this was a fun idea.