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  • Day115

    Day 115: Liverpool to York via Saltaire

    June 10, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Time to leave Liverpool. It's been a lot more interesting and fun than I was expecting! Said farewell to our hosts and hit the road at the usual time, knowing that we had a lot of driving to do today. First stop was the UNESCO World Heritage site at Saltaire!

    Saltaire is a model village just outside the city of Bradford in Yorkshire, and it's listed for being a great example of Victorian-era paternalism. The owner of several local textile mills wanted to consolidate them all into one enormous mill, which he did in the 1850s. But because of the horrendous, squalid conditions in the slums of Bradford, the owner (Titus Salt) decided to build a town around his new mill to provide decent livelihoods for his workers.

    As the industrial revolution sites in the UK so far have been a bit of a mixed bag, I was actually a bit apprehensive about our visit, thinking that there wouldn't be much to see and that it wouldn't live up to expectations. Probably didn't help that it was a 2 hour drive in from Liverpool and we could spend most of the drive thinking about it!

    But when we arrived we were both pleasantly surprised. The town is very well preserved and quite lovely - neat streets with nice buildings in good condition, freshly painted and clean, lots of flowers in the small gardens out the front. The gigantic mill building is still there and looms over the town, but these days it's mixed-use: lots of offices, an art gallery, some fancy knick-knack shops, and a popular cafe where we stopped for lunch.

    Had another poke around the town where we could see the public buildings constructed for the village as well - a unique circular church, along with a school, hospital, library, and a couple of community halls. There was a football club and brass band for the men, sewing circles for the women. And noticeably, the one thing that wasn't built was a pub - Sir Titus was a very religious man and knew the dangers of drink among his workers. So he forbade pubs from opening in his town.

    Overall it was a really nice visit that we both enjoyed, certainly well above expectations! And as I said in my video, it's good to see that not all Victorian-era industrialists were Ebenezer Scrooge, and that some were genuinely concerned about the welfare of their employees.

    Back in the car where we drove around 30 minutes back into Leeds, as I had a minor pilgrimage to make. My father and my paternal grandparents all hail from Leeds, and dad had given me the address of where he lived as a kid (though they all emigrated to Australia when he was 4-5 years old).

    Managed to find the house with only minor troubles, took a couple of photos and some video which I sent on to the extended family on that side. Though a little more research revealed that although it was the same address, it was actually a different house - the complex had been bulldozed and rebuilt in the 1970s. Oh well! Interesting to see the location though.

    Back in the car where we drove another couple of hours north-east, to the city of York. This was to be our base for the next couple of days, as although York isn't UNESCO listed, it is very important to English history and the York Minster church is very famous and important.

    But since we arrived late in the afternoon and were both tired, we decided to just grab some supplies and stay in. The house itself is quite nice, it's a three-storey terraced house occupied by a young couple. Although they weren't around, they both seem quite arty - the guy had a music studio and the girl had a painting studio occuupying separate bedrooms on the middle floor. Lots of artsy decoration around as well, with a lot of found-furniture type stuff. And an extremely fast internet connection!
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  • Day36

    Haworth, where Gordon learns something.

    May 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    It seems my government school education may not have been complete. Around the 1800s Patrick and Alice Bronte had six kids while he also pumped out sermons to deliver as vicar of the church next door.

    Turns out that literally on the dining table in the next room Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte were pumping out absolute literary classics of the English language: Charlotte's Jane Eyre, Emily's Wuthering Heights and Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

    No literary seclusion for them though. Along the way they buried three siblings and their mother. In the end Dad Patrick outlived his wife and ALL SIX of his kids.
    What a life in Haworth, this little corner of Yorkshire. I'm learning....
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  • Day46

    Out and about in West Yorkshire

    October 1, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    It's Sunday today and I'm determined to have a last Sunday lunch in England. It's a bit of a gloomy day to start with, but had started to brighten up by the time we got ourselves ready to go.

    First stop was the Bingley Five Locks a series of locks on one of the canals. We've seen these before but they never fail to entertain. Funniest thing was one of the boats going down was someone we'd meet in Wales. They'd been on their boat for six months. That would be really testing the friendship!

    Then on to Saltaire Village. One of the most perfectly preserved Victorian villages. All built by one family for their Salt Mill. Factory, mill, church, school, hall, hospital and enough houses for 3000 people.

    I thought we could drive over the Yorkshire moors from here, but it turns out they are about two hours away and we couldn't be naffed driving that far. Luckily there is Ilkley Moor and Rombald's Moor both of which are only a few miles away. On the way though we passed through Burley in Wharfedale and saw the Red Lion Pub which looked promising, so I got my delicious roast lunch and a bonus of Jam Roly Poly for desert.

    Finally dragged our full bellies away and found the Cow and Calf a very windy mountain top on the Ilkley Moor, and then Rombald's, a heather and bog moorland at the end of a windy steep road!
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  • Day7

    Visiting Keighley

    February 13, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Stopped in to visit Mum, Dad and Tok Wan for a few days. It was really great to catch up with them, even with the various storms, leaky windows and travel difficulties caused by storm Dennis and subsequent flooding (Dad had to drive me to Bradford in order to get a train to the airport in time!)Read more

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Bradford, BRD