Thursday, 2 May 2013

Hallam's Yard, Skipton


Skipton has lots of sweet little hidden corners and is one of those towns where the new has, on the whole, been skilfully blended with the old, so that it retains a very pleasing and attractive feel. Unlike some towns, residential areas extend right into the town centre.  This lovely row of old stone terraced cottages, known as Hallam's Yard, is right beside the Springs Branch of the canal. Hallam's Yard is one of the many narrow cobbled passageways and courtyards that radiate off the High Street like ribs. Historically, these narrow passageways were once strips of medieval landholdings known as tofts and crofts. The toft was where the peasant house was and the croft was its little field, where the family grew vegetables. Traces of this arrangement can still be detected in many English towns and villages.

10 comments:

  1. That's how I like to see England: small villages , broad and narrow streets, small discret gardens, old stones ..

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  2. What is particularly striking about this splendid shot is the lack of those horrendous plastic wheelie-bins.

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  3. This shot could have been taken hundreds of years ago. It is good to see it kept as it was.

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  4. blending the new with the old...I love that. The overall feel is wonderful that way! Gorgeous shot here!

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  5. The stonework used in these buildings really does give that timeless feel Jenny, hard to tell where old stops and new begins..that's what I love about small English towns and villages. So completely different to our sprawling suburbs here in Oz.

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  6. How sweet ! I am in love with these old little towns or villages in the UK, where the time seems to have stood still.

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  7. The only visible modern touch is the street light! Super.

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  8. Alan has beaten me to it. Those bins are conspicuous by their absence!

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  9. There were no bins but I will confess to 'removing' a couple of TV aerials from the roofline!

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  10. It looks so pristine. Like a neighborhood from a previous century.

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