Saturday, 24 March 2012
A quaint row of old houses on Alderscholes Lane in Thornton, typical of the area with their solid stone walls and slate roofs. I'm not very good at dating property but I imagine these were built in the mid 1800s, making them similar in age to the early parts of Saltaire. When built they didn't have bathrooms. Just across the lane there are what were originally stone 'privvies' - draining directly into the little beck (stream) that runs through the valley. I imagine facilities are rather better now! The railway viaduct beyond was built in 1873. It must have been quite a sight to see steam trains chuffing along overhead.
This is the Thornton Challenge - in which Alan Burnett and I agreed to explore the same village at different times and from our own perspective and then share what we each 'saw'. For Alan's eye view, over the past few days, please go to his blog NEWS FROM NOWHERE. Though today he's taking a break to post his usual 'Sepia Saturday' entry - and that's well worth a look too.