View from Beacon Hill

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Halifax Parish Church, Duke of Wellington's chapel

In sacred and honoured memory of the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the ninth serv. Bn the Duke of Wellingtons West Riding regiment who gave their lives for their King and Country in the Great War 1914-1919. The Battalion colours are placed in this church.
Click the following link to view the Duke of Wellington's Chapel in the Parish Church - A fitting tribute to our Duke of Wellington Regiment

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Poverty knock

Another classic old Halifax film.

An impressionistic portrait of Halfax, focusing on the large-scale demolition of old housing stock and remnants of the town’s industrial factories. Despite the promises of reconstruction and the relocation of many residents to suburban areas, we witness the deprivation that still persists when the film was made in 1969.
Benefitting from the funding of the BFI Production Board (intended to subsidise experimental and other non-commercial filmmaking), director Hugh Evans eschews commentary in favour of natural sounds and a rendition of a 19th century folksong, "Poverty Knock".

Click the following link to view

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Room At The Top

I am looking for any old photos or memorabilia of celebrities connected with Halifax.

I shall start with this picture of Donald Houston pictured outside All Souls church, Boothtown whilst he was in town filming Room at the Top in 1959.

Donald Houston - Room at the Top

The Pace Egg

The Pace Egg play is performed each year on Good Friday in the towns and villages in the Upper Calder Valley.  The name derives from the Latin word for Easter - Pasche. This film documents the street performances of the play in which the actors are dressed in traditional mummers costumes.
The film opens with a train passing though the valley and a title which reads, “The Pace-Egg.”  The commentary explains that the Calder Valley is an industrial highway at the crossroads of many of the larger cities of Yorkshire and home to a diversity of industry in its own right.  This commentary is accompanied with examples of the various motorways and industrial buildings in the valley including Calder Mill. 

The film then goes on to explain the history of the Calder Valley showing parts of the old towns, bridges, churches, and the early industrial factories near the water.  Children can be seen walking around the small lanes in an old town.  Additionally, sheep farms and the expansive moors which surround the valley can be seen.
Click the following link


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Halifax in the 50's

 Take a look at this great video of  Halifax 1950's and 60's
This reel of film consists of a number of different films taken around Halifax from varying years and film stocks.  Made by the Halifax Cine Club, the films included in this reel are in the following order:
Saturday Morning Out - Halifax
Mass Exodus - Halifax Wakes Week
Hairdressing Competition at Alexandra Hall
Steady As You Go
Hairdressing Competition for Men

This film captures a normal Saturday hustle and bustle in the city centre during the early 1950s.  It gives an interesting example of contemporary fashions and everyday life truly capturing the look and feel of the time.  Click here for video link

 This next link (below)is a film which dramatises the history of the textile industry and its effects on the city of Halifax complete with narration, music, and commentary. The film opens with a title card - History of Halifax and Wool Production Following the title card are shots of the countryside on the outskirts of Halifax, including some hills with sheep roaming in the open fields. There are two donkeys being led up the path, one by an older man, and one by a boy. Also on the hills of the countryside, a man hangs a piece of textile on hooks while the commentary tells of older forms of punishment specific to the textile industry from the 18th century.
Further effects of the industry are displayed by the various names of city streets and buildings in Halifax. This is followed by images of what modern day Halifax is like in the area surrounding the Parish Church. While the narrator does observe how heavily built up the city has become, he does also state that there is still room for recreation in designated park areas of the city. In addition to the modernization of Halifax, construction of the PN Wickly College for Further Education has also been documented.  Click here for video link

The next reel of film consists of a number of different films from varying years and film stocks. The films included in this reel are in the following order: A Motor Run (1929) Opening of the Old Holiday Home at Norland (1937) Northowram Hospital Opening (1934) Opening of Gorple Reservoir (1934) The Great Yorkshire Show at Halifax (1939) Billet of Soldiers in Halifax (1940) VE Day (1945) Snow Scenes in Halifax (c. 1940) Halifax Smoke (c. 1945) Halifax from Beacon Hill (1948) Around the Town (1953) Coronation Flowers (1953) Billy Smarts Circus (1953) Opening of Shibden Hall Folk Museum (1953) Procession to the Shay (1953) Laying of Church Foundation Stone (1953) Building of Crossfield Bus Station (1954) Fire in Bull Green Halifax (1955) Lord Mackintosh Given Freedom of Halifax (1954) Ice Skating at the Shay (1963
Another video link

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Calder and Hebble

The Calder and Hebble Navigation runs for about 21 miles between Wakefield and Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire.
It is open for navigation throughout its length. The section between Sowerby Bridge and Cooper Bridge forms part of the South Pennine Ring.
The "cruise" runs from east to west, but includes views of the canal looking in either direction.
Brighouse to Elland
Brighouse Basin

Elland Wharf
Elland to Sowerby Bridge

Friday, 20 February 2015

Calderdale Ramblers

Welcome to the weblog of the Calderdale Ramblers.


We are part of the West Yorkshire section of ramblers, the UK’s leading walking organisation. If you are new to ramblers we would like to invite you to join us as a member.

Members and non-members are welcome to come along on any of our walks. Please see the “Information” page for details of how the walks are run and what you should bring along on them.

Beacon Hill in winter