A little urban exploration in Doncaster…

24 11 2012

This house belonged to a Doctor who soon became the focus of the local media. This is the beauty that has been left behind and stood for the last 21 years. The building itself can only be described as magnificent in my eyes…such beauty just left to grow old…


A sunny afternoon at Spurn Point.

24 11 2012

Spurn Point (or Spurn Head as it is also known) is a narrow sand spit on the tip of the coast of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England that reaches into the North Sea and forms the north bank of the mouth of the Humber estuary. It is over 3 miles (4.8 km) long, almost half the width of the estuary at that point, and as little as 50 yards (46 m) wide in places. The southernmost tip is known as Spurn Head or Spurn Point and is the home to an RNLI lifeboat station and disused lighthouse. It forms part of the civil parish of Easington.

Spurn Head covers 280 acres (113 ha) above high water and 450 acres (181 ha) of foreshore. It has been owned since 1960 by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is a designated National Nature Reserve, Heritage Coast and is part of the Humber Flats, Marshes and Coast Special Protection Area.

In the Middle Ages, Spurn Head was home to the port of Ravenspurn (a.k.a. Ravenspur or Ravensburgh), where Henry Bolingbroke landed in 1399 on his return to dethrone Richard II. It was also where Sir Martin De La See led the local resistance against Edward IV’s landing on 14 March 1471, as he was returning from his six months’ exile in the Netherlands. An earlier village, closer to the point of Spurn Head, was Ravenser Odd. Along with many other villages on the Holderness coast, Ravenspurn and Ravenser Odd were lost to the encroachments of the sea, as Spurn Head, due to erosion and deposition of its sand, migrated westward.

The lifeboat station at Spurn Head was built in 1810. Owing to the remote location, houses for the lifeboat crew and their families were added a few years later. The station until very recently was one of only a very few in the UK which had full-time paid staff (the others all being on the River Thames in London).

In the First World War two coastal artillery 9.2-inch (230 mm) batteries were added at either end of Spurn Head, with 4-inch (100 mm) and 4.7-inch (120 mm) quick firing guns in between. The emplacements can be clearly seen, and the northern ones are particularly interesting as coastal erosion has partly toppled them onto the beach, revealing the size of the concrete foundations very well.

As well as a road, the peninsula also used to have a railway, parts of which can still be seen. Unusual ‘sail bogies’ were used as well as more conventional light railway equipment.

Hull Fair 2012

14 10 2012

Hull Fair is one of Europe’s largest travelling funfairs which comes to Hull-East Yorkshire, England for one week, from noon on Friday to midnight the following Saturday, encompassing the second Tuesday of October each year.

The fair is open every day between these days except Sunday. Unlike small local fairs, Hull Fair attracts rides, attractions and travelers from a wide variety of different regions from around the country. A couple of the oldest and yearly featured stalls include Bob Cavers fish and chip stall, Roast Horse Chestnut wagons and sweets stalls selling pomegrantes, toffee apples, candy floss and brandy snap.

The fair is one of Hull’s biggest traditions, as well as one of its oldest, having reached its 700th anniversary in 1993. Carrying on with such tradition, the fair is opened by the Lord Mayor of Hull on the opening evening, normally at 5 pm.

It first opened from 9 to 23 March 1278.

Hull & Barnsley Railway line

14 10 2012

So, 5 hours of walking and a duff sense of direction I eventually found what I was looking for. Last time I ended up in a disused quarry and watched some motoX riders with big ‘uns!!

After a little detour I found the disused Hull & Barnsley Railway line, now just a track used by walkers and the occasional sheep. The section between South Cave and Little Weighton still houses these little gems of history which we captured.

I walked through miles of beautiful countryside and woods. The thing that stuck out the most was how peacful it was 🙂

Once I found the right path, it led me straight to the western portal of the Sugar Loaf Tunnel. Sugar Loaf Tunnel is a disused railway tunnel on the former Hull and Barnsley Railway between Everthorpe (South Cave) and Little Weighton. The tunnel is 132 yards long and was built through magnesium limestone of Permian age, referred to locally as “chalk”. The bore has been cleared of rubble but quarrying is threatening the eastern portal and chalk has now encroached to within twenty yards of the tunnel. The tunnel is in very poor condition although access remains at both ends. Sugar Loaf Tunnel lies to the west of the much longer Drewton Tunnel and east of Weedley Tunnel.

Drewton Tunnel is a disused railway tunnel on the now closed Hull to Barnsley railway line The tunnel is cut through chalk and the tunnel lining is a mix of bare chalk walls and brick. The first rail traffic used the tunnel in 1885. Drewton Tunnel is 1 mile 354 yards, and lies to the east of the shorter Sugar Loaf Tunnel and Weedley Tunnel.

The western portal of Drewton Tunnel is almost entirely buried with landfill and is situated in a chalk quarry operated by Stoneledge. This end of the tunnel has considerable deposits of mud on the former track bed washed in by rainfall as a result of local quarrying operations. The eastern portal remains open although is protected with a security fence. The tunnel regularly experiences chalk falls as the lining inside deteriorates in the damp conditions.
The tunnel has five airshafts, the middle airshaft situated adjacent to Riplingham crossroads being the deepest. The area around this airshaft was used a temporary camp for navvies building the tunnel.

Drewton Tunnel was closed to rail traffic in 1958. Since closure landfill has threatened the eastern approaches to the tunnel. The 83 foot deep Little Weighton Cutting has been completely filled in, as have other areas of open space around the eastern portal.

Humber Bridge at night

6 10 2012

To nights experiment was with shutter speed and aperture settings. Something I studied at college but have never really experimented with since having my son. Getting out on an evening after dark can sometimes be difficult…but tonight was play time. A little ride out to the Humber Bridge brought enough moving images to get what I was looking for.

The bridge itself is quite a magnificent structure but this can’t really be seen on these pictures as it had become too dark. However, the light trails from the traffic on the A63 Clive Sullivan Way were fab and also the traffic travelling across the bridge itself.

Using a tripod was essential to take most of these and I even used my new toy….an infrared remote!!

I also managed to sneak a piccy of our visiting fair, ‘The Hull Fair’, in the distance. I feel this may be a separate trip later on in the week… 🙂

The Hudson Way/Kiplingcotes Railway Station

1 10 2012

Today ended up as a stressful walk with my 2 year old son and our 15 week old Ridgeback puppy. Knowing what your looking for is one thing. but knowing how to find it is another. It resulted in a 3 mile walk and then a 5 mile car trip to find what I was looking for, which was Kiplingcoates Railway station. The station was used 1847-1965 and formed part of the old York to Beverley line. In 1971 the section between Market Weighton and Beverley was bought by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and it has been developed as a recreational nature trail, called the Hudson Way after the lines founder; George Hudson. The old Station House is currently lived in and the old Signal box looks as though it’s being used as an art room.

Along the track I came across St Helens Well, it was here that the engine drivers would refill their water tanks, because of course they were driving steam trains. A stream appears mysteriously from under an arch formed by the roots of an old elderberry bush. It is also thought that the water that flows has healing properties and people would bathe at the mouth of the flow of water as it is said to be ‘bath’ shaped.

Photos taken with my Nikon D3000, although today it decided to play up, so pic’s arn’t great but capture some more East Yorkshire beauty.

Just playing around…

29 09 2012

Just trying to work my way around Adobe Photoshop and this is what I’ve created…

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