Day 13. Heritage

When you work in Salt’s Mill, a listed building in a World Heritage Site, what do you do for a photo associated with the word Heritage? This is Day 13 of the @hiddenbradford ‘bradforphotoaday challenge. See my first posting about it here – I started the blog on Day 3.

This is the one that I took at lunch-time and submitted as my 1 photo –

Albert Terrace

But that doesn’t stop me posting a few more here that I took. I have also deleted a load of others that were not even worth keeping let alone posting here. But then you might think that some of these aren’t worth posting.

These two proclaim that Saltaire is a World Heritage Site


I have seen several black and white photos with details in colour that have looked striking. But perhaps it needs a more dramatic subject than a station name.

B + W Heritage

When I saw all the bins lined up in this back alley I thought it would make a good photo. I should have had the time and courage to go along and line all the bins up.


These houses are getting to the edge of the Saltaire village and have front “gardens”. I should go and get a photo of the other styles of houses for completeness.


Here’s another view along Albert Terrace towards the mill chimney

Albert Terrace

Before I set off on my shooting adventure I went into the Information Centre in Salt’s Mill and asked if they could tell that if there was just one thing that had to represent Heritage in Saltaire what would it be. And this is it –

Salt's Mill

And just to help – they meant the mill and not the allotments.

Day 12. Station

See here for the first posting about this @hiddenbradford #bradfordphotoaday challenge –

This posting is a nice simple one with some simple photos. I have not been adventurous or inventive. Just a few photos of Saltaire station. This first one is the one I submitted as my entry to the challenge.


I had a wander around and took several photos and it was only after viewing them on my computer that I decided to submit the one above. It is taken from the top of the stairs of Salt’s Mill – taken through the mucky window.

This one was taken from the same place a few seconds earlier, with this one I zoomed in a bit.


I also tried to get further down the line towards Bingley, but all the gates to the Saltaire allotments were locked. I did take this one from the platform though –


I also went down the line towards Shipley and took this one from the Pace car park


On the way back I noticed that the big door (from my Day 10, Door blog) was partly open so I took a quick shot so you can better judge the size of it.



Day 11. Green

Here we go with day 11 of the @HiddenBradford #bradfordphotoaday challenge. You can read my first posting about it here –

The word of the day is Green, so here is the word.

The word

I realise now that perhaps I should have left a bit more of the surroundings in the picture to give it more context. This is at the end of the Green Lab at Pace in Salt’s Mill. There is a similar one at the other end of the office.

We had not been back in our office long after its refurbishment when I took a photo of several of the signs. Our office is called Yellow and prior to the refurb it had yellow walls. We also have Red, Blue, Orange, Purple, Silver, Bronze, Platinum, White, Gold and Platinum – in addition to the Green. Well at least we had – I am not sure if people will be moved back into Gold after a bit of reorganising. Prior to the refurb orange had an orange door leading to it, blue had a blue door, ditto for red, green and white. Yellow, as I said, had yellow walls. Bronze was in the space above the main revolving doors (see my Door blog here – and part of it has the old wooden panelling so you can sort of see where bronze came from. Now as part of the refurb the first few yards at the entrance to the offices have coloured disks round the lights in the appropriate colour. You can see a red one in the Tall Door photo in the Door blog. And at each end blue lettering spells out the colour name of the lab.

I used my photos, and Gimp, to make this image –


Perhaps from this you can tell that I have an engineering background. Art and its appreciation was never one of my strong points. But I have got a sense of humour. Chuckle, chuckle. I think.

For those wanting a different interpretation, here is some green –


Trees in the middle of a green and some, almost, green trees.

Day 10. Door

As you might guess there are several doors in a place like Salt’s Mill so for Day 10 – Door of the Bradford Photo a Day challenge for April (see here for my first posting about it – ) I chose to have some photos of them. The one that made, what I think of as, the nicest photo is the revolving door on the Vistoria Road side of the mill, and it is this one that I submitted to @hiddenbradford and the #bradfordphotoaday challenge.

Revolving Door

There looks to be a nice bit of wood in there. An interesting feature of the out side doors, just beyond the revolving door, is that when they are open they fit into a recess so they look just like wood panelling.


With a building of the scale of Salts Mill some of the doors are also quite big. I believe this is the area of the mill where they had steam engines. It would be great if the whole thing opened but it is only the sides and centre parts that can be opened. Even then it is a big opening.


Even the normal doors inside the mill are on a different scale. This one is on the way out of Red Lab. The door might not be wide but it is tall. You can tell that it is near Red Lab because of the red circle round the ceiling light.


There are also several doors that open onto the canal and one of them has a hoist above it which would have been used to load and unload canal boats.

Canal side

Canal side hoist

The mill also has a history and has changed over time. One thing that shows this is the doors that open 4 floors above the solid floor below. Inside they are at least fastened together with steel strips to stop them being opened. This photo does not do it justice, there are another couple of levels to go before reaching the bottom.

High door

Edit: I now remember. When I first read the words for the challenge I thought that the door I had taken a photo of back in October 2011 would be a good one to use. However I was passing the same place early this month and noticed that the door is now much less interesting.

This is the door back in October with several signs screwed to it.

Door with signs

The interesting signs are

Bradford Estate Co Ltd
House Investments (Bradford) Ltd
Nothern House Investments (Bradford) Ltd
Southern House Investments (Bradford) Ltd
Eastern House Investments (Bradford) Ltd
Western House Investments (Bradford) Ltd
Western House Investments North Ltd
Western House Investments South Ltd
Laconia Buildings Ltd
Apsley (BFD) Ltd
Westway Buildings Ltd

I assume that is to severely limit the liability of each one.

But now, all gone (March 31 2012)

Door signs


Day 9. Transport

For Day 9 of the Bradford Photo a Day I have posted a photo of a boat on the Leeds Liverpool canal at Saltaire. This is a method of transport with quite a bit of history.

See here for my first posting about this challenge –

The canal itself is 127 miles long though it is only 65 miles from Leeds to Liverpool as the crow flies. It is also a very relaxing way to spend the time. The important decisions of the day are to decide whether to have an early lunch at the next pub or to carry on and have a later lunch at the next one.

Canal boat

This relaxing form of travel helps you to savour your surroundings and the speed means that you can see more of the wild life.


There is often a Robin in the area next to the path near the entrance to the Boat House. After a years absence a Mandaring Duck is back in the area but this time it has an American Wood Duck with it. They seem to be going round as a pair. Is that because they know they are both different to all the others or do they like each others company. Can they mate I wonder? What would their ducklings grow into?

Mandarin and Wood Duck

A short walk away from Robert’s Park is another old form of transport – Shipley Glen Tramway.


This is the oldest cable car in the UK (excluding cliff lifts) and was built in 1895. The two cars pass each other as one travels up to the top station –

Top station

and the other heads for the bottom station –

Bottom station

At the top of the tramway there used to be a fair ground and people had been known to turn up in their thousands on Shipley Glen. There is still some evidence of the fair ground. The most obvious being some dodgem cars –

Dodgem cars

These were used in an episode of Spooks a while back. It is then only a short walk to the Old Glen House and Shipley Glen where I seem to remember that beer was at one time delivered by helicopter because driving over the moor is not allowed. I think it was more a publicity stunt than anything. One of the previous owners was a helicopter pilot.

Old Glen House

Shipley Glen opens out into quite a flat area with steep drops down to Lode Pit Beck.

Shipley Glen Tree

This photo is more like the one I wanted to post for Day 6 – Tree but I had forgotten that it was up there.

Back with the transport now and this is a photo of the tramway at the passing point taken from the footpath that follows the line of the tramway from near Titus Salt School to Prod Lane Baildon. It is probably a lot quicker to walk along the path than it is to drive round.

Passing point

It is then back down to the bottom and back to Robert’s Park

Robert's Park

When the park is a bit busier it is best if this sort of exercise is done in the fields on either side.

And here is my ticket for the tramway