Friday, 27 July 2018

A flying visit


Before my holiday, I paid a flying visit to the village of Kildwick, a few miles up the valley from Saltaire. It was a roasting hot, sunny day so I only took a short walk. The village hugs the banks of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, although higher up the hill is a fine Jacobean manor house called Kildwick Hall, built in 1642 and in private ownership.


It is a nice little village, mostly residential properties, with a good pub and a large church. The village has historic links to the priory at Bolton Abbey. Below the village, in the valley bottom, the main road from Keighley to Skipton crosses the River Aire and in the 1300s Bolton Priory paid for a stone bridge to be constructed here, the oldest stone bridge in Airedale. (It's not the one in my photo, which is a canal bridge.) The bridge still stands at the entrance to the village, though the main road has since been diverted onto a bypass to avoid the bottleneck that the village became.


This stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal from Bingley to Skipton was the first section to be completed, in 1773.


8 comments:

  1. Sure looks very English. I like how you shot the old bridge.

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  2. Kildwick has always appealed to me. The small aquaduct is well hidden and barely noticeable from the canal.

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  3. Great looking village and canal. It does look hot though.

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  4. Super set of four pictures summing up the beauty of the canalside village.

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  5. A pretty, idyllic place! That bridge shot's my favourite.

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  6. You have so many picturesque villages near you. That last image of the bridge and its reflection is special.

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