Thursday, 19 February 2015

The good, the bad and .. the ugly


I tend to try to show Saltaire's 'best face' on my blog - and that isn't difficult because it really is a gem of a place. It is also, however, a living, working community and that inevitably means we have some rather ordinary bits and a smattering of neglected corners. This shop on the main Saltaire Road is just outside the World Heritage Site, in what is called 'the buffer zone'. Had it been in the village itself, I doubt it would have been given planning permission for this garish frontage. It's an off-licence and newsagent and sells a few basic supplies like milk and bread. The shop has been there for a long time but a few years ago it was taken over as a Bargain Booze franchise. So ugly...

11 comments:

  1. The store front is garish, I've seen a lot worse locally, but it goes with its catchy name. Is the local public house on the next street? And is its name the Gin Mill?

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  2. And what would Mr Salt think of it?! ;-))

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  3. There is a pub on the next corner, Jim, but it's called Fanny's Alehouse.

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  4. I like it. It shows where you live in its true real form.

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  5. Ugly, indeed, but life, its ownself.

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  6. Actually, I am glad to see what you consider a low in the community. If this is bad as it gets over there, you DO live in a Victorian paradise.

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  7. One day there'll be an urban museum celebrating the quaint beauty of such places! In the meantime we'll just have to enjoy the cheap booze.

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  8. I agree with John. That's an astonoshing photo though - love what you've done with it.

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  9. It does stand out Jenny but that's life, there will always be 'real' and thank goodness for it :)

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  10. Oh dear, unfortunately we have to put up with the ugly in order to best appreciate the good. Your photo does show a quite nice contrast though between the red and the grey buildings :-)

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