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    • Day 87

      Halifax: Cloth-Making Center

      August 18, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

      Halifax has a long history of cloth-making. The hilly land around Halifax was unsuitable for farming except for grazing sheep. For extra income, farmers would spin wool and weave the cloth on home looms.

      Clothiers paid the carders (children), spinners (women,) and weavers (men), who would usually be able to make one 30 yard "piece" of wool per week. Then the clothiers would sell the cloth at the Piece Hall, a huge building built in 1779, with 315 trading rooms.

      Every Saturday, the bell would ring at the beginning and end of the 2-hour market time. Anyone caught trading outside of the 2 hour time period was fined. The rest of the week the building was locked and guarded, because cloth was so valuable--depending on quality, £2-6 per piece. In comparison, you could buy 320 sausages, 240 pints of beer, or 3 pairs of good shoes for £2.

      By the 1830s, mill production of cloth make the Piece Hall obsolete for the original purpose, and it became a public market hall. Now it is composed of many specialty shops, restaurants, and other businesses, and the courtyard is used for music events and festivals.

      The rest of the town center has some beautiful architecture, illustrating the wealth of the area.
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    • Day 1

      Yorkshire Sculpture Park

      August 12, 2023 in England ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

      The Yorkshire Sculpture Park occupies the parkland of Bretton Hall, near West Bretton, Wakefield, and is basically an art gallery with both outdoor and indoor exhibition locations. Internally, there are exhibits in an underground gallery, as well as at The Weston and the redundant Bartholomew Chapel.

      It was very interesting to see these and walk around the park.
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    • Day 81

      National Coal Mining Museum of England

      August 12, 2022 in England ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

      The National Coal Mining Museum is on the site of Caphouse Colliery (the name for the mine and associated buildings) which was worked from the 1700s until it closed in 1985. It reopened as a museum in 1988, to tell the story of coal mining in England, which actually began as surface mining in the 1400s.

      We went down the 460 ft. mineshaft the underground tour. It was very sobering to hear of the difficult working conditions that whole families experienced during 1800s. Men would do the mining, often while kneeling or side-lying. Women and older children would pull and push the carts of coal. When they signaled, young children waiting in the dark outside the trap door would open the door to allow the cart to be pushed through into the larger tunnel.

      In 1842, Parliament passed a law against underground work for boys under age 10 and women of any age. After the law was passed, ponies and horses were used for that work.
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    • Day 3

      Tag 3 in Great Britain

      July 18, 2023 in England ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Heute haben wir ordentlich Meter gemacht. Ausflug nach Nottingham und Besuch von Wayne Manor 😎 Das Haus von Batman aka. Wollaton Hall. Hier wurden viele Dinge ausgestellt. Tiere und Skelette. Highlight war das Skelett eines TRex 🥳 Von da aus wieder eine lange und aufregende Fahrt über die Bahn. Bis wir endlich einen Stellplatz fanden .. Sehr nett und schwer zu erreichen . Morgen gehts endlich nach Schottland .Read more

    • Day 35

      In family footsteps...

      May 23, 2017 in England ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      All my days I've heard of these people. Uncle Jimmy, Aunt Iris... Now we share meal, lounge, heart.
      All my days I've heard of these place names: Bradford, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, the Moors. Now they rise and fall before me, literally up hill and down dale.
      We have visited birthplaces for parents and family, playsites of children now past, gravesides of young and old.
      It's very full of heartfelt wandering and wondering.

      We stayed at a small campsite beside the Cock O The North pub. We ended up staying a whole week here as we gently recovered from all the frenzy of Europe. Jimmy drove us to see lots of family sites. We also hired a car for three days to see Haworth and York and revisit Hebden Bridge.
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    • Day 39

      Making Yorkshire + Yorkshire making me

      May 27, 2017 in England ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      How to make a Yorkshire city. Take Melbourne's Hawthorn with all its narrow wriggly streets and dense housing. Put it on top of Mt Dandenong. Add all 'Footascrays' factories down below. Leave it all out in the rain for 400 years. It's green and sandstone and chimneys and shopfronts all around.
      The countryside though, well that's entirely God's sweeping hand, lightly decorated by our ancient stonewall fences and some bemused sheep.

      Yorkshire making me: that's God's particular way in my story, in the forming and loving that flowed to me through many generations of Yorkshire folk. Here both my mum and dad learned simplicity, generosity, and striving. From here dad and five of his eight siblings stretched their wings globally through action in WW2 . That ultimately led to emigrating to Australia, which led to me.
      Here mum and dad also learned faith in God's vast grace. That gift continues now as well.

      I do so wish I could tell mum and dad what I'm doing and seeing and feeling. That opportunity has passed, as now they have both died. Yet for now I can still share with my dad's brother and mum's sister. The looks and mannerisms and values have all prevailed across the decades. I can still sense this distinctive Yorkshire life in them as we listen laugh and wander. And I sense this Yorkshire life in me, making me still.
      Thanks mum. Thanks dad. Thanks God.
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    • Day 4

      Paxman training to learn how to train

      January 8, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

      Have been in the training session from 8:30 am til 6 pm when we will all go for dinner with Richard Paxman and the training staff. Maintenance training will continue tomorrow then technical training Thursday and Friday. It turns out I’m pretty good at providing clear instructions. Let’s hope when they test us on Wednesday when we do a complete presentation , it will be just as good.Read more

    • Day 13

      Take it Easy

      August 8, 2018 in England ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      We are having a day I. Bristol today as we are going to the Hippodrome tonight to watch the musical SHREK. We are doing the Harbourside walk today to take in the estuary and the boats and old marine buildings. We stopped for lunch at one of the restaurants and ordered two sharing boards with delicious dips and a hot cheesy dip. We ate far too much as it was so scrumptious. Ann and I celebrated our day out with a glass of Proseco. Why not ? We are on holiday. The walk was very interesting and took in a great deal of Bristol’s history. I also managed to catch a few Wallace and Grommets on the way. By the time it was time for dinner nobody was really hungry so we ordered another sharing plate. This consisted of a ploughman’s and nachos. Michael had started to feel queasy by this time as he had eaten too much bread and cheeses.

      We headed off to the Hippodrome and had a drink in the bar before the start of the show. I felt sorry for Michael as he is quite tall and the seats in the theatre did not have enough room for his legs. So with his tummy cramping and his legs cramping it was not a good evening. Michael spent the second half of the show standing up at the back. The journey home was critiquing the show which we all agreed was not up our street. It was great for kids and more like a pantomime than a show for both adults and children. Plus the songs were not memorable and the story was too close to the film so no surprises. But I am glad I have seen the show. We all disappeared to bed as soon as we got nome, it was a busy busy day.
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    • Day 6

      Beautiful English Gardens

      May 29, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

      Summer in England brings forth such beauty! I'm seeing lots of flowers I recognize from my and other people's perennial gardens in Minnesota.

    • Day 16

      Shut Up and Drive

      August 11, 2018 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      It’s time to leave the Lockett’s and head to London for our four day whirlwind tour. Ann has gone to the gym for her daily dose of exercise. Ann is a gym junkie of the highest order. There is one day of the week she doesn’t go to the gym,but she has a walking machine at home that she makes up her steps on. The home in Stone Lane is open for inspection today so we have to vacate and go and have a coffee at ten. Luckily there is a cafe within walking distance. The house is clean,tidy and ready for inspection. Our bags are packed and we are ready for our next train journey to London Paddington. We will meet up with Tabby, Ollie, and Audrey for our next adventure.

      Ann dropped us off at Bristol Parkway and off we went,happy to be on our next adventure. We arrived at London Paddington at 12.30, purchased an Oyster card and set off on The Hammersmith line to Kings cross. The number 91 bus was right out side the station so by 3.30pm we had landed in Crouch End. After twenty minutes of trying to find number 71 Miguel phoned Tabby and we realised we were only two months mutes from the apartment. We are now safely in the apartment,relaxing and waiting for Tabbys friends Tracey and Lisa to visit.
      As the kids hadn’t eaten Miguel and I took the kids to the pub next door. A lovely pub called the Railway, and left The girls to catch up on their memories. By ten thirty I was knackered and went to bed. Goodnight diary.
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    Kirklees, KIR, Кърклийс, கிர்க்லீசு, کرکلیز

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