Monday, 10 January 2011

Heritage Trail 8 - Albert Terrace


'Retrace your steps to the railway bridge then turn right down Albert Terrace...'  Albert Terrace is one of the oldest streets in Saltaire and still retains its original setts (cobbles).  Some of the houses along here are three storeys high and were originally intended as shared lodgings for young single workers, but they apparently preferred lodging with families so, before long, these too became family homes.  Overlooking the railway, church and open countryside, they have a very pleasant aspect.

When I set out to take these Heritage Trail photos I decided that, even though I wanted to give a sense of the history of Saltaire, I would not deliberately avoid evidence of modern 'clutter' - so I didn't try to find angles that excluded all cars, litterbins, streetlights and so on.  Hence there's a wheelie bin right in the middle here!.....But it would have been a better photo without it, so I think I should have gone and pushed it round the corner after all!

[Taken from just past the railway symbol on the street plan]

19 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny!

    I absolutely love the angle of this photo (I did notice the wheelie bin, but it has not detracted from your image). Cobbled streets are so quaint, but I've read they can actually be quite noisy and bumpy to drive on? Is this true?

    You are really doing a marvellous job, Jenny. I look forward, each morning, to visiting your blog and continuing on the next part of this delightful walk! It's really like having a mini-holiday :)

    Hugs,

    Des xo

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  2. Yes, I try to take uncluttered shots, but it's not always easy to escape the traffic, for example. This is a really nice angle, and you've given me a new word, "setts", for cobbles. Might come in handy for a crossword one day.

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  3. The bin is the only clue to tell us that we are in a modern time. And as you made it in b&W, it does not shock too much. The stroll is still rich and interesting, and the picture tells a lot.

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  4. And got accused of moving a wheelie-bin without the permission of the owner!! You can get locked up for that kind of thing.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this photo, Jenny.
    I love it!
    The historical and modern elements in this photo work perfectly together. :)
    Great angle!

    B xx

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  6. I have walked past the end of Albert Terrace a few times, but never down it. I will rectify that at some point.

    I would be very interested to kow how you 'sign' your photos.

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  7. Like the granite walls, pavement and old cobbled road - you've only 355 days to go on the project!

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  8. I liked the poems on the underground too. I have a book with a selection of them.

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  9. Your photos are so classic - wonderful!

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  10. Hello and happy New Year!
    Knicker elastic, eh? :-)

    I love how the eye is drawn past the irregular construction right to the end of what looks more like a tower, with that perfect line of cobblestones...

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  11. HI Jenny, another beautiful angle of Saltaire.. I love how the whole village is built of the same brick.. and I can't see any cars. Carla

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  12. So beautiful. History in every step.

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  13. My eye was drawn to the wheelie bin straight away! Ha ha ha - knicker elastic!! When I was little, my knickers were "relegated to "sleeping knickers" when the elastic "went" in them. I had a horrendous day at junior school once when I accidently wore my sleeping knickers!!!! xxxx

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  14. I love 7 and this one. The road is something I have never seen in person and very lovely.

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  15. My eye was so focused on those wonderful cobblestones. I did not even notice the bin until you brought it to our attention. What a lovely scene. ~Lili

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  16. Great picture! I love all the angles and rectangles.

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  17. This is such a good series, Jenny. The bin isn't a big distraction, yet moving it out of sight would have taken just seconds, so on balance I go for moving it out of view.

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  18. Nice composition here. And of course the story behind it intrigues me.

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  19. A lovely historical street made very dramatic in black and white. The cobblestones are so so so much a reminder of the past. "Photo shop it out" is usually the answer to unwanted wheely bins.

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