Looking through some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK that I hadn’t visited (just over half) I decided that driving up from Manchester to Northumberland would give me a chance to at least have a quick look at two. Even if the weather wasn’t great I could always plan out a shoot for a later date. Saltaire is a Victorian model village within the City of Bradford in West Yorkshire. Shown above is a close-up of the side of Salt’s Mill, which closed back in February 1986 and after much renovation today it houses a mix of business, commerce, leisure and residential use.
Visiting the railway station for a client a few years ago I stumbled across the old York Model Railway. It looked in need off a new sign and a fresh coat of paint. Obviously, looking through the window, it has now closed down. A quick search online tells me that it has now moved to a larger premises in Lincolnshire. It has been a couple of years since I have been in York station so hopefully it has now been made into a tea room or shop.
Nicknamed ‘The Drum’ this is the Student Union building for Sheffield Hallam University. At first I had no idea what this building was, on closer inspection it obviously houses a bar, cafes and shops for the students. Sadly I couldn’t explore inside as it was closed for the summer. I am sure this building would look really interesting at dusk or night time.
The Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul in Sheffield is an interesting combination of old and new. The East end of the current church is the oldest and parts date back to the 13th century. In complete contrast the Lantern Tower (on the left of this photograph) was added in 1966 when the church was rededicated. Improvements were made to the glass in the roof of the lantern tower in 1998, which are well worth looking inside to enjoy.