Through the Arch Window – Views at Fountains Abbey

Easter warrants the simplest of crosses in the hall at Fountains Abbey

The complexity of the construction at Fountains Abbey makes you consider what might have been without the dissolution in the 16th century. Arch way lead to arch and yet another arch!

Framed by the remnants of one window are the impressive ruins of the Cistercian monastery at Ripon

The moss and ferns give atmosphere to the steps many monks would have taken out of the main abbey hall.

March has not yet awakened the leaves on the branches. Spring would be an exciting time for the monks and shepherds who would have been hoping for a good crop of lambs for future wool production. Wool and sheep were the source of most of the abbey’s wealth.
This view was too stimulating to ignore even though it of arches and buttresses rather than just arch windows.

Photos Burnsall – Yorkshire Dales

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Burnsall is a quintessential Yorkshire Dales village. It is surrounded by high fells offering great views of the village, river and landmark bridge. The three arched bridge crosses the River Wharfe and provides an interesting focal point. Continue reading Photos Burnsall – Yorkshire Dales

Leeds Reflections – Window Shopping

When you want to see your local city from a new angle look carefully at the windows of modern buildings. Since glass and reflective materials became the  cladding of choice for constructors and architects there are many visual delights and photo opportunities. It may take a moment to see the buildings reflected in the windows of this Leeds University block but the pattern will soon show.

 

Some think that the first double glazed windows were installed  at Tan Hill, Great Britain’s Highest Inn. In fact that was just the place where the farmer and TV presenter ‘Ted Moult’ fronted the advertising campaign for window shopping. Talking of window shopping the Trinity center has window views and photographic opportunities that will deflect you from spending money in the 120 or so shops and retail outlets.

More distorted reflections in this picture’ of Holy Trinity Church an early 18th century grade 1 listed building constructed in 1722. Reflecting on the Trinity shopping I note it will have been open for 5 years in March 2018. The church has been open a good deal longer.

Pylons


A landscape fit for Pylons moving electricity around the county.


A portrait of a pylon standing erect around Bolton Woods quarry in West Yorkshire


It isn’t the barbed wire that is dangerous but the wires above that can be shocking.


Gloomy clouds massing over Shipley. Very unfair on Shipley a post industrial town that needs all the sunshine and good luck it can muster.

Bradford October 2017


Bradford has a museum to be proud with the National Science and Media Museum. The author and a friend are pictured taking advantage of one display that showed thermal images of visitors. The white eyes are the hottest and I am the one with the ‘ruddy’ complexion 

When the sun is shining the glass walls of the Broadway center reflect the old and the new with the Wool Exchange seen from a new angle. The complexity of the photographs of buildings reflected in windows was pointed out by painter William J (Bill) Gall to a Thursday Oil Painting group at a recent tutorial.

With a bit of luck Ivegate is starting to perk up and the Bradford ‘Boar’ was looking good, in the autumn sunshine, on top of the Old Crown. Let us hope it is returning to its former glory.

West Witton – Grave Situation


Below is the church of St Batholomew in West Witton where the churchyard (above) was consecrated in 1752.

The majority of the grave stones follow a dales tradition of using uncarved local stone as  markers or memorial.

When shown together these numerous limestone markers give testament to times and people gone by make an impressive display.

The church contains this Victorian stained glass, a carved  stone Saxon cross now on display above the pulpit and a traditional lychgate.(below)


A tribute to the local district nurse