Leeds Parish Church

Picture of Leeds Parish Church.

This view of Leeds Parish Church is not the one that most people would think of. I took this photo looking at the side of the church from the West. Because of the proximity of nearby buildings you cannot get further away which would enable a bit more of the tower to be visible.

This current church was built by the then Vicar of Leeds Walter Farquhar Hook (13 March 1798 – 20 October 1875) and it was consecrated on 2 September 1841 with Florence Nightingale in the congregation.



Haworth 1940s Weekend – 2

Picture of Haworth Main Street during 1940s weekend 2011.

The above photo of Main St in the village of Haworth here in Yorkshire is another taken during this weekends 1940s event. I can see why people might like the idea of dressing up and playing someone that they are not. I have no idea who this smartly turned out chap in the commando uniform with the prized green beret and Combined Operations HQ formation badge, just underneath the commando shoulder title looks the part, but it is just a hobby. For anyone that likes details the RAF jeep is a 1943 model and it is in great shape.

As I walked around the village I was interest to not how many of the men were wearing the WW2 uniform of various units of the armed services of the USA, I can understand that even now after all these years the uniform looks more glamorous than the British equivalent. There were even some people rigged out as German officers and soldiers.

Haworth French Resistance 1940sPicture of Haworth 1940s weekend event with 2 members of the French Resistance posing for a photo.

The couple in the above photo were rigged out as members of the French resistance, someone else asked them to pose for a photograph so I just snapped them from where I was stood, rather than intrude.

VQ Leeds Celebrates 20 Years

Picture of aerialist Nichole Pearson performing high up in the VQ shopping centre, Leeds.

This last week the Victoria Quarter here in Leeds celebrated its 20th anniversary since opening. On Thursday evening they held a special event at the VQ, with a singer, dancers, a formula 1 car to name but a few of the things on offer.

The highlight of the evening was a performance by award winning aerialist Nicole Pearson, who performed her act high up near the roof of the building. Nicole trained at the Ecole Nationale de Cirque, Montreal in Canada and is a professional aerial artist specialising in corde lisse.

When Nicole finished her performance and returned to the floor of the VQ I had a few words with her about what she does for a living and for some info for the blog. I also asked Nicole if she would mind getting up in front of the metal VQ sculpture near the entrance for a photo. Being the trooper that she is she asked if I wanted a handstand… So here in the above picture is Nichole in front of the VQ sign, I should have been a little further back for this shot, but she just went straight for it even though she was rather tired from hanging near the ceiling a few minutes earlier.

Thanks Nicole, you were great.

Church of St Mark, Woodhouse, Leeds

Church of St. Marks in Leeds.
This is a picture of the church of Saint Mark, Woodhouse, here in Leeds.

I have visited this old Waterloo church several times in the last year, I have photographed the churchyard of the church of Saint Mark in snow and with wildflowers in late spring.

Time has not dealt this tall Victorian church a good hand in the game of life, despite the fact that the builders used fine materials and good workmanship. Today it is besieged by vandals and since I last visited something has happened to a large chunk of the front wall. I am not sure of the cause, people stealing the stone or perhaps a vehicle crashing into this section, either way it is not looking good.

On a brighter note, the Yorkshire Evening Post recently ran a story “The fight to save a landmark Leeds church which has links to the Battle of Waterloo has ended in victory after a grant of £171,000 was offered by English Heritage to repair it.” So perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel for this Grade II listed church.

Fred Trueman – A Yorkshire Cricketer Unveiled

Picture of unveiling of Fred Trueman statue at Skipton.

This picture shows the unveiling in Skipton yesterday of a bronze statue of Yorkshire and England cricketer Fred Truman by his widow Veronica.

In the photograph can be seen Veronica Trueman, Dickie Bird former Yorkshire teammate, Graham Ibbeson the sculptor and Steve Butcher, deputy managing director of Northern Rail.

Fiery Fred as he was known was a true Yorkshire icon and a sporting great. Frederick Sewards Trueman OBE (6 February 1931 – 1 July 2006) was regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in history, he was first man to take 300 Test wickets.

The bronze statue showing Fred larger than life in full flow at the sport in which he excelled can be seen at the canal basin in Skipton, Yorkshire. The £90,000 Fred Trueman sculpture was funded by the Fred Trueman Appeal which was set up by Northern Rail and Craven District Council in 2007.

I was pleased to have a few words with Yorkshire born sculptor Graham Ibbeson, I think his statue of Leeds airman Arthur Aaron VC that stands at one end of Eastgate, Leeds is thought provoking and well done.

I also caught up with Look North’s (BBC) very own Crista Ackroyd, but I will save that for another day.




1704 Nunlow Steam Loco at KWVR

Steam Train Nunlow
Steam Train Nunlow

This image shows the 1704 Nunlow Steam Locomotive on the The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway ‘The Railway Children’ line near Oakworth Station.

Nunlow was built by Hudswell, Clarke and Company Limited an engineering and locomotive building company in Hunslet, Leeds in 1938. Hunslet, Leeds was a centre for engineering and locomotive construction from the time industrial revolution.

This steam train photograph is another taken by me at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway steam gala last week.






Warm Fire at Oakworth Station

This photo shows the nice coal fire keeping the ladies waiting room at Oakworth Station warm.

It is still quite cold here in Yorkshire and as I write this my fingers are cold and I really would like this fire in my flat.

As I wrote yesterday Oakworth Station here in Yorkshire was used in the making of the film The Railway Children and this year is its 40th anniversary. Today I learnt of the death yesterday of actor-director Lionel Jeffries who was 83. Lionel Jeffries directorial debut was his 1970 adaptation of E. Nesbitt’s classic The Railway Children, which starred Bernard Cribbins and launched the career of Jenny Agutter. Jenny Agutter was 17 when the film was made and her role of Roberta (Bobby) made her famous. The Railway Children was seen my countless families and made an impact on many people. This afternoon I spoke with a young woman (Roberta) here in Yorkshire, she was quite striking and I thought perhaps my photographer friend Lorne might be able to use her in a photo project he and I were discussing recently. Turns out Roberta was named by her mother after the Jenny Agutter role in the film.

In The Railway Children, Lionel Jeffries has left us with a marvelous monument to his life and work.

I had visited Oakworth on the keighley and Worth Valley railway to photograph some of the steam trains that are used on this volunteer run railway.

Ladies Waiting Room – Oakworth

This photo shows the ladies waiting room at Oakworth station on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The KWVR is today run by volunteers and is a marvel whereby the public can travel back in time on a railway with steam engines and lots of informative railway staff.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the cinema film The Railway Children and Oakworth station and indeed the whole KWVR feature in the film. I can still recall Perks shouting “Oakworth, Oakwoorrtthh” when a train pulled into the station. The actor Bernard Cribbens will always to me be Mr Perks the station porter in this marvelous film.

One of the things I like about my Leeds daily photo blog is that I can explore places that normally without my trusty Canon would be off limits. Todays post is one such place the ladies waiting room at Oakworth. It still has gas lighting and a working coal fire. When I entered there was a lady walker warming herself at the fireplace and I asked if she minded my intrusion and as you can see from the picture there was no problem.

As someone who travels on the modern railway often, I would really appreciate the old fashioned charm of this station rather than the cold charmless rooms available today.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – Steam Train

This photograph shows BR standard engine No 80002 on the KVWR track at Oakworth station seen during the Winter Steam Gala this weekend.

Whilst I am not a train spotter I can understand the romance of the era of the steam train and as a movie buff one of my favourite films is The Railway Children of 1970. This film is based on the book by E Nesbit from 1905.

I saw a screening of The Railway Children when Jenny Agutter came to the NMPFT (now National Media Museum) and talked about her film career, having been Roberta in the film.

Wildflower Leeds

Paul wrote: “This is a wildflower I found growing on some waste ground in Leeds city centre last summer.

I just could not face another winter photograph for this Leeds daily photo blog, I miss the sun. So today here is this little clover flower, I really like wildflowers, often like this one they are small but quite beautiful.”


Leeds City Museum, Millenium Square – Night

This is a night time view of the front of the Leeds City Museum building, located on Millenium Square in Leeds city centre.

This was the first time I got to try out my new heavy duty tripod and I am pleased with the results. The area marked out on the RH side in small blue lights is I think the outside area used by the cafe in the Leeds City Museum.

The Leeds City Museum overlooks the fine looking building that is the Leeds Civic Hall also on Millenium Square.

I featured a very similar day time photograph of the Leeds City Museum earlier on my Leeds in Yorkshire daily photo blog.



Temple Works – Holbeck, Leeds

Temple Works Leeds Holbeck
It does not look much in the photo but it was a dank and dull day when I took this photograph of the Temple Works main entrance at Holbeck, Leeds.

Temple Works is a former flax mill designed by Joseph Bonomi the Younger and built by John Marshall between 1836 and 1840 here in Leeds, Yorkshire.

Pillar Temple Works Leeds
Detail on Pillar at Temple Works Leeds can be seen in the above picture.

Temple Works also known as Temple Mill was based on the Temple of Edfu at Horus in Egypt with a chimney designed in the style of an obelisk. Marshall’s inspiration for the design of Temple Works was his interest in Egyptology. When it was built it was said that Temple Works was the biggest single room in the world.

During its heyday sheep used to graze on its grass covered roof that was designed to keep the humidity in the flax mill to stop the linen thread from drying out.

Temple Works is located in Holbeck which was a thriving centre of industry during the industrial revolution.

Today Temple Works is the only Grade I listed building in Holbeck and it is in great need of some serious restoration work. In December 2008 a pillar collapsed and a large chunk of millstone grit fell onto the pavement of Marshall Street. Hence the need for safety helmets when I got a chance to look around the interior of Temple Works in Holbeck recently. Part of Marshall Street Holbeck was blocked to traffic for quite a while while they propped up part of the roof as I noticed several times when I would try to go down this street in my car.

Sheep in Churchyard – Rawdon, Leeds

This photograph shows something I have not seen in many years, sheep in a churchyard being used as a lawnmower. This was quite a common sight in the Cotswolds where I lived as a boy.

There were several sheep in the Rawdon churchyard, but I think they were camera shy running off when they saw me.

The church in the photograph is Saint Peter’s Church, Rawdon, Leeds.

Rawdon is a village in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Saint Peter’s is the parish church, built in the 17th century by Francis Layton of Layton Hall and enlarged in 1864.

This is the 250th post on my Leeds in Yorkshire daily photo blog. When I first started this blog I would never think of asking someone to pose for me to photograph them so the early pictures were mostly buildings. Today I asked someone to pose for this blog, gave them my card to which they said “cool”.

The Leeds Library – Founded 1768

The Leeds Library MugI saw this mug, a penguin books – The Body in the Library, when I first visited The Leeds Library and I knew I really ought to use it in a photograph on my Leeds in Yorkshire photography blog.

I often passed the doorway to The Leeds Library, it was always shut and could perhaps be mistaken as an entrance to the building society adjacent.

Having run this blog for more than 6 months now I am much more likely not to put a closed door stand in the way of a chance of a few pictures. So having looked up The Leeds Library on google I emailed and asked if I could have a look around and take some photographs for the Leeds Daily Photo.

Founded in 1768 The Leeds Library is the oldest surviving subscription library here in the UK.

The Leeds Library
The Leeds Library

You can see the building that was built in 1808 to house The Leeds Library on Commercial Street in the heart of Leeds in the above photograph. The entrance to the library is just behind the blonde girl with the ponytail.

Today the building built by Thomas Johnson in a Greek revival style is grade II* listed and rightly so.

The first secretary of The Leeds Library was Joseph Priestley (13 March 1733 – 6 February 1804) who was an 18th-century English theologian, Dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher, educator, and political theorist who published over 150 works. He is usually credited with the discovery of oxygen.

Thanks to Claire for hunting down the mug and washing it for my photograph.

The Leeds Library can be contacted at this address and phone number:

The Leeds Library
18 Commercial Street
West Yorkshire

Tel: 0113 245 3071
Fax: 0113 245 1191

Bee Bole at Home Farm Temple Newsam Estate

This picture shows a bee bole with skep in the alcove, this being on the home farm at the temple Newsam Estate, Leeds.

Prior to the development of the modern beehive in around 1850, bee boles were the only practical way to keep bees here in the British Isles. The weather was just too bad so people used these bee houses to house their bees for the honey and beeswax.

In the days before sugar bee keeping was very common, also the wax was used for making candles, tithes/rents sometimes being paid in honey and or beeswax.

Bee boles are found across the whole of the British Isles. Other names were bee holes, bee shells (Cumbria), bee keps (Cumbria), bee niches (Derbyshire), bee walls (Gloucestershire), bee houses (Yorkshire), bee boxes (Kent).

This bee bole is not an original but was built by the Leeds Beekeepers Association on the Temple Newsam estate.

Civic Hall – Leeds, Yorkshire

Leeds Civic HallThis photograph is of the Civic Hall, Leeds in Yorkshire. The civic hall was opened by King George V on 23 August 1933.

The area in front of the building is Millennium Square, Leeds a flagship project to mark the millennium.

Arthur Aaron VC DFM – Statue Leeds City Centre

Arthur Aaron VC DFM Statue Leeds City Centre
The photo above shows a detail of the statue erected in memory of Arthur Louis Aaron VC, DFM (5 March 1922–13 August 1943) in Leeds city centre. Arthur Aaron was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

This statue on the Eastgate roundabout, commemorates Arthur Aaron (an old boy of Roundhay School)who was chosen by thousands of Leeds residents to be the subject of a sculpture marking the new millennium.

Arthur Aaron was a bomber pilot in World War 2.

On 12 August 1943 during a raid on Turin, Italy, Flight Sergeant Aaron’s bomber was hit by gunfire. The Stirling was very badly damaged; Three engines were hit, the windscreen shattered, the front and rear turrets put out of action and the elevator control damaged, causing the aircraft to become unstable and difficult to control. The navigator was killed, other members of the crew were wounded, Flight Sergeant Aaron’s jaw was broken and part of his face was torn away. He had also been hit in the lung and his right arm was useless. Despite his terrible injuries he managed to level the aircraft out at 3000ft. Unable to speak, Flight Sergeant Aaron urged the bomb aimer with gestures to take over the controls. The crippled bomber made for the nearest Allied bases in North Africa.

Aaron was then assisted to the rear of the aircraft and given morphia. After resting he insisted on returning to the cockpit where he was lifted back into his seat where he made a determined effort to take control and fly the aircraft although his weakness was evident and he was eventuall persuaded to desist. In great pain and suffering from exhaustion he continued to help by writing directions with his left hand.

Five hours after leaving the target fuel was now low, but Bone airfield was sighted. Flight Sergeant Aaron summoned his failing strength to successfully direct the bomb aimer in belly-landing the damaged aircraft in the darkness.

He died nine hours after the aircraft touched down, he was 21 years of age.

The scuplture was unveiled on Saturday 24 March 2001 by Malcolm Mitchem, the last surviving member of Aarons aircrew. The statue of the young bomber pilot was commissioned from Barnsley artist Graham Ibbeson, who aslo made the well known statue of Eric Morecambe the comedian.

Statue Arthur Aaron Leeds

The photograph above shows the entire sculpture, viewed towards Eastgate, Leeds.

The sculpture features the bomber pilot as a young man, who had just graduated in architecture at the University of Leeds, standing at the foot of a tree, up which are climbing three children progressively representing the passage of time between 1950 and 2000, with the last a girl releasing a dove of peace, all representing the freedom his sacrifice helped ensure.

Leeds Photographer in Headingley

Leeds / Headingley

I called into Cafe Lento in Headingley to get some photos for a future post on the Leeds Photo Daily and little later whilst I was drinking a delicious latte this chap came in. He is James Hardisty a photographer with the Yorkshire Evening Post. James was at the Lento to get some photographs for a feature the paper was doing. I said hello and it turns out he knows my friend photographer Lorne Campbell, we swapped cards and James let me take his picture.

Leeds / Headingley

James was kind and asked if I was happy with the pics I had taken, knowing he was against the light in the doorway. So I took another of him outside photographing the front of the cafe.

I will post more from the cafe Lento in Headingley, Leeds tomorrow.

Abbey House Museum – Kirkstall, Leeds

Abbey House Museum Nursery, Leeds
The nursery at the Abbey House Museum in Leeds.

The photo above shows one of the rooms in the Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds this room is a recreation of a Victorian nursery of around 1880, I love the wheeled cow.

Abbey House Museum in Leeds
Abbey House Museum

The photograph above is a view of the Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds in Yorkshire.

Abbey House was built as a gatehouse to Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds built by Cistercian monks who started building Kirkstall Abbey in 1152. The monks were given the land by Henry de lacy, a descendent of Ilbert de lacy who was given land around Kirkstall by William I, best known today as William the conqueror.

The gatehouse is the oldest part of Abbey House and today houses the cafe. In 1539 King Henry VIII disolved the monasteries, the monks were forced out of the abbey and it fell into ruin. The last abbot, John Ripley, made the gatehouse, Abbey House, his home until his death in 1568. From then on the house became a residence to notable Leeds families. In 1925 the house was sold to Leeds corporation, becoming a museum in 1927.

Over the next few days the Leeds photo daily will explore more of the Abbey House Museum, Leeds and also Kirkstall Abbey, both of these are around 3 miles from Leeds city centre along the A65.

John Dyson – Time Ball Buildings in Briggate, Leeds

Time Ball Buildings in Briggate, Leeds
Time Ball Buildings in Briggate, Leeds

When John Dyson created Time Ball Buildings in Briggate, Leeds in around 1865 I think I am safe in saying the cost was not high on his list of priorities. Once seen this building is not easily forgotten, I recall seeing Lucinda Lambton enthusing on TV about Dysons some years back. Inside it is simply wonderful, it is now a restaurant Georgetown at the Dysons Clock Building The staff were kind and let me stroll around their nice interior. I cannot comment on the food, but I think for a memorable meal this has got to be a must. There is another photo here.