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Hebden Bridge by night

By philtaylorphoto  
8 October 2018. Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The Calderdale town of Hebden Brige seen from an elevated viewpoint showing the unusual 3 storey stone built buildings rising up from the valley floor.

Tags: Landscape Yorkshire Bridge Night Architecture Buildings Calderdale Hebden bridge Northern england Hebden Stone built

Voters: Spkr51, mikekay, mogobiker and 20 more



Spkr51 7 United States
26 Oct 2018 12:23AM
Beautiful !!!!!
dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
26 Oct 2018 8:45AM
It couldn't be anywhere else - a classic view, though I've not seen a night shot before. Beautiful...
Joline Plus
17 38 59 United States
26 Oct 2018 1:30PM
I like this even more than your mono view of this scene. The golden glow makes it seem like a town out of a fairy tale.
dimalexa 6 5 Greece
27 Oct 2018 1:37AM
Amazing image!
dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
27 Oct 2018 11:48AM
And the name that has been escaping my mind... Denis Thorpe...
philtaylorphoto 21 334 2
27 Oct 2018 12:33PM
Ah, almost correct.

Dennis Thorpe took his picture in snow from a lower viewpoint off the cobbled track that heads up the hill from behind the town hall and the hardware store. It's now impossible to repeat it, as to do so, you need to stand on a wall behind someone's house: except the wall now has a big fence on it, and over a 30 year period trees have obscured the view..

For completeness, the original was printed by Steve Allen who worked as a darkroom technician at Guardian Media in Spinningfields, Manchester. He printed many of Dennis' famous Ilford Award winning pictures, along with work by the late Don McPhee. Once black and white finished, and the world went first colour in roller transport machines he went on to because scanner operator, then PhotoShop retoucher. As we shared facilities at the Guardian group he would sometimes work on my food column pictures.

Anyway, before this turns into what a jazz musician ate on the morning of a famous recording session, here's the source of my inspiration.

Years ago, Martin Part won a Kodak (remember them) competition with a similar picture to this one. There's a wider angle one in an exhibition that was recently in Hebden Bridge Town Hall by Parr. It's in his early book, The Non Conformists, which can be picked up for a song on Amazon.

TBH, it's simply a matter of locating the modern viewpoint, using a tripod (you can steal my EXIF info), and away you go.

That said, it's a magical view, there's plenty of wacky New Age magic going on there. Local builders worry more about Feng Shui than wiring and building regs, and it has the highest percentage of lesbians of any town in the UK. The sheer diversity, and frankly oddness makes it one of my favourite places.

Shoreditch and Glastonbury both have embassies there.
dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
28 Oct 2018 2:26AM
An eclectic set of facts - and a very detailed knowledge... I had friends who lived in the area in the mid to late Seventies, at one time up oast Heptonstall in one corner of a large house, and I stayed there once or twice.

Oddness is definitely good!
philtaylorphoto 21 334 2
28 Oct 2018 9:23AM
Steve now works as a photographer for the Manchester Evening News

After a reshoot of this, I drove up to have a look at Heptonstall in the dark. I'm seeing plenty of potential there.

Stories of Hebden oddity abound, like the local plumber who now works upcycling copper pipe into lampstands. The chippy where the noticeboard has business cards for a variety of services such as 'soul recovery' and chemical free cleaning.

It doesn't have the conformity of Hipster culture, the area has been eco friendly for years, so it's natural rather than trendy. There's been a campaign to keep supermarkets out, but it would appear that the CoOp is acceptable.

The mystery for me, is how does the place function with so many cafes and niche eateries. Do they just eat and drink in each others places.

I"m told that one of the pictures from this session is the Hebden Bridge Times letters page readers picture this week, with a reminder to reset four sundial made from a repurposed 1960s Morris Minor wing.
dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
29 Oct 2018 8:08AM
We need more of Hebden Bridge, and less of Westminster.

I'm seeing Theresa May repurposed as treasurer of the Women's Institute, and Boris as a fluffy doormat.

You're bringing out my silly side, Phil. Thank you!

philtaylorphoto 21 334 2
29 Oct 2018 11:01AM
Yep, page 2 of the Hebden Bridge Times. Bet it's printed on recycled paper.

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