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N 61 B 3.0K C 20 E May 18, 2021 F May 25, 2021
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River Nidd, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

I was going to do a nice writeup about the history of this pub but thought sod it, why should I… it was shut when we visited!

Tags:   Knaresborough Mother Shipton Inn listed building Grade II public house pub shut River Nidd viaduct market town North Yorkshire

N 387 B 16.9K C 38 E May 18, 2021 F May 19, 2021
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River Nidd, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

We should have been out in our new car this week, but the delivery has slipped… apparently, it’s not been built yet. So nice of them to inform us 24 hours before the due date, but as they say - first world problems! Nevertheless, having booked the week off in anticipation we still decided to stick to our plans and venture out. Knaresborough only came to light after watching Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out in Yorkshire on TV a few weeks back. It’s looked very picturesque from the locations she visited and besides it’s got a great viaduct so what’s not to like.

Paul… before you ask, there will be a full account on the viaduct’s construction and history in a later posting.

Unlike Harrogate and York, which I suspected would be teeming with visitors after the relaxing of lockdown and more importantly… the pubs are now properly open so we opted for Knaresborough instead. Even after a coffee and a teacake (you wouldn’t believe the debate this caused in our WhatsApp group on the differences between a bun, barm, roll and said teacake… and not for the first time either!) the town was still pretty quiet.

Even these rowing boats wait patiently for their first customers of the day. Admittedly, it was out of bounds when I took this image but the owner let me through providing, I didn’t sue if I fell in on the wet slippy quayside.

By afternoon, the place was beginning to show the shoots of recovery with people wandering along the river side and cafes and pubs serving food inside and out. Even a few rowing boats on the river. It’s good to see a return to some kind of normal at last.

Tags:   Knaresborough River Nidd viaduct market town North Yorkshire 1

N 505 B 17.2K C 62 E May 18, 2021 F Jun 4, 2021
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Knaresborough, River Nidd, North Yorkshire

Spoiler alert… geeky history blurb up next!

The viaduct connects Knaresborough with Harrogate on the Harrogate line, in North Yorkshire, England. The line was built in 1848 with the Leeds and Thirsk Railway creating a branch from their line at Starbeck railway station to go through Knaresborough and connect with the line that was being built westwards from York as part of the East and West Yorkshire Junction Railway. Just as the viaduct had been almost completed, it collapsed into the River Nidd on 11 March 1848. The resultant noise of the falling masonry was said to have lasted for five minutes. Whilst there was no official inquiry, it is believed that the collapse of the viaduct was down to a combination of bad workmanship, poor materials and excess water in the swollen river below as a result of heavy rain over a period of two months. Despite the collapse, the centre span was still in-situ and had to be demolished before work could start again on a replacement viaduct. [I’m expected Terry and Mike to debate the frugalities and craftsmanship of Yorkshire folk at this point]

The fall of the viaduct necessitated a temporary Knaresborough railway station situated to the east of the present day station whilst a new viaduct was completed and the permanent station was built. The collapse of the viaduct allowed a considerable amount of stone and lime to enter the river. Due to the presence of lime in the water, thousands of fish were found dead over a large stretch of the river downstream. The contractors, Wilson and Benson, took the two railway companies to court as Thomas Grainger had been engaged to act as an arbitrator in the resultant argument about who should pay for the failed viaduct. Grainger decided that the railway companies should pay over £5,600, but that the two contractors must pay £2,389 and relinquish any further claims on property, materials or the right to build the new viaduct. The main complaint that Benson and Wilson had against Grainger was that he had been employed by both companies to engineer the railway line and stations, so they alleged a bias on his part.

A new viaduct was started in 1848 and used the same source of stone as the previous viaduct; a quarry at Abbey Crags, part of the Nidd Gorge through Knaresborough some 1 mile (1.5 km) to the south of the viaduct. The stone was quarried from the same Upper Plompton Grit that was used in the castle and other buildings in the town.

A replacement viaduct was opened on 1 October 1851 costing £9,803, and was constructed with castellated walls and piers to blend in with the ruined walls of Knaresborough Castle. It consists of four arches and three piers, the middle of which stands in the water. Railway mapping lists the viaduct as being 4 chains (260 ft; 80 m), but other sources list its length to be 330 feet (100 m). The viaduct is 78 feet (24 m) high, and each span is 56.9 feet (17.3 m) across in width.

The viaduct can be seen from the castle (looking upstream along the River Nidd) and is a regular viewpoint of the structure that has attracted accolades, though opinion is divided on the subject. In his 1967 survey of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Nikolaus Pevsner stated that the viaduct was "one of the most notable railway crimes in England. To castellate the bridge does not make it a picturesque object". Conversely, noted Yorkshire-born writer, J B Priestley, was in admiration of how the river reflected the viaduct and said that it "added a double beauty to the scene". In a 2015 poll conducted by the Dalesman magazine, the viaduct came at number 23 out of the 50 best views in Yorkshire. The viaduct is now a grade II* listed structure.

Personally, I love it, but the scene will look better in Autumn when the trees are changing colour… a note in the diary!

Tags:   Knaresborough Knaresborough Viaduct 1848 1851 River Nidd railway Harrogate Line market town North Yorkshire 1

N 46 B 2.3K C 11 E May 18, 2021 F Jun 14, 2021
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Knaresborough, River Nidd, North Yorkshire

It’s a pretty picture so why not…

Tags:   Knaresborough River Nidd Claro Laundry wash day boating market town North Yorkshire

N 80 B 2.7K C 31 E Jan 22, 2022 F Jan 28, 2022
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Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

Been on my bucket list for quite some time. Didn’t bother checking the weather conditions… just went for a morning out and the compulsory full breakfast in Hebden Bridge afterwards. Was taken back by the recommended car park at Clough Hole… very hilly and sections of single-track road leading to it. It’s only ¾ mile walk to the actual mill from the car park, but very steep if you take the direct route down the boulder steps or the meandering longer route… either way I was knackered on the way back. Need to restart my fitness campaign again!

Having said all that, quite happy with how this has turned out. Better conditions and this would make a stunning print, especially with winter snow on the ground.

Tags:   Gibson Mill Hardcastle Crags Hebden Bridge National Trust cotton mill Abraham Gibson 1800


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