It’s all go in West Yorkshire. I think of Yorkshire as the British equivalent of County Cork: it knows it’s the biggest county and the real capital and is quietly confident of its own superiority. So Yorkshire folk won’t have been in the least surprised to find that HM the Q has appointed a West Yorkshire man, Simon Armitage, as her Poet Laureate: only right and proper, they’ll think to themselves.
But he’s not just from Yorkshire, not just from West Yorkshire: he’s from Marsden, on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. And the HNC between Marsden and Huddersfield has inspired a garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, which will use two pairs of gates from the HNC.
Huddersfield has many claims to fame: the railway station, the statue of Harold Wilson and, of course, the Magic Rock brewery, to name but three. I do hope the poor benighted folk of Chelsea will appreciate what they’re getting.
[h/t The Gaffer]
Posted in Canals, Extant waterways, Foreign parts
Tagged Chelsea, HNC, Huddersfield, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Magic Rock, Marsden, Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, Yorkshire
… [I do hope I’m using the idiom correctly: I gather it’s the latest phrase the young folk use to applaud some worthy person or initiative] for Ian Jack in the Grauniad, for his piece on Huddersfield, where one pushes one’s boat through canals broad and narrow. whereof there is much to be learned (and fine things to be seen) on the Pennine Waterways website.
Stalybridge, mentioned in the article, is where “It’s a long way to Tipperary” was composed and first sung.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Foreign parts, Industrial heritage, Natural heritage, Politics, Scenery, waterways
Tagged beer, canal, England, Harold Wilson, Head of Steam, Huddersfield, Pennine, scenery, Slaithwaite, Stalybridge, Tipperary