Saturday, 8 January 2011

Heritage Trail 6 - The Boathouse Inn


'Retrace your steps...' from Roberts Park back over the footbridge.  From this viewpoint you can see the old Saltaire boathouse from where, in earlier days, you could hire a rowing boat or take a cruise on the steamboat.  Nowadays it is a popular bar and restaurant, recently revamped after a fire all but destroyed it.  The canal is the other side of The Boathouse Inn and the church, seen through the trees, is on the far side of the canal.

The view to the left, of Saltaire's New Mill and the weir, is equally lovely and I have featured it several times - see here and here and last month on December 18, 'Lights' was a night shot of the view from almost exactly this spot.

There is also the most wonderful piece of film footage in the Yorkshire Film Archive online, shot in 1912, of people on the steamboat outside the Boathouse - see this link.  The relevant snippet is at 2 minutes 53 secs in to the film (2.53) if you don't want to watch the whole film (though I recommend it!)

[Roberts Park is No 3 on the plan]

11 comments:

  1. Fantastic film clip. Amazing how things have changed so little when you face youngsters with a camera. The switchback looks pretty formidable!

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  2. My word, there were a lot of people up on Shipley Glen! Having seen that, I'm not sure whether I would want them to re-open the tramway or not. It might attract a lot of visitors.

    It hadn't occured to me that The Boathouse had water on both sides. Ironic that it should be so badly damaged by fire!

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  3. This is great. I'm really beginning to get my bearings now :)

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  4. This old movie is fantasic! Have you noticed that EVERYONE is wearing a hat?!!and they stop when they see a camera filming! the funny comes also from the "security"..Today, there would be fences, sit belts and other things everywhere!

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  5. This blog must surely be a great boost to Saltaire tourism!

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  6. Absolutely love the film clip -- like a time machine!

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  7. Yes, the video was worth a visit, thanks.

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  8. These last two photos are lovely. Must be beautiful in the Spring time.

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  9. I enjoyed my visit "back in time" watching that film. It's so interesting seeing the men all wearing the same type of hat too, what's up with that?? ~Lili

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  10. Loved the old movie. That was the year my mother was born, so my grandma and granddad could have been in the crowd. Do they have any steamboat replicas on the river?

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  11. nice composition and a nice shot from a nice place!:)

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