Thursday, 5 November 2009
Here's a wonderful old photo of another of the Victorian rides on Shipley Glen's Pleasure Grounds. This one was apparently called 'The Aerial Flight' - a kind of cable car ride between two huge wooden towers. Built in 1889, it was dismantled in 1920. There is no trace left of this now among the rocks and heather on the Glen, as far as I can tell. You can imagine how exciting it would have been to the crowds of Saltaire mill workers enjoying an afternoon out. It amuses me that they all seem to be wearing hats!
There is a fantastic view of the surrounding area, even from ground level, on this part of Shipley Glen, so the vista from this ride must have been amazing. There is undoubtedly something interesting about being up high. The modern day equivalent, I suppose, is the London Eye or the other similar 'wheels' that appear in various city centres from time to time (see my post of Manchester, 13 July).