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
The Standedge Tunnel, on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, is the longest (5 km), deepest (under the Pennines) and highest (above sea level) canal tunnel in Britain. There is nothing remotely like it in Ireland, where the only canal tunnel was a miserable effort on the Ulster Canal in Monaghan town.
The western entrance to the Standedge Tunnel: the Diggle portal
Inside the tunnel (2005)
Light at the end of the … (2005)
The eastern end at Standedge, a short walk from Marsden
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal in Slaithwaite, downstream from Marsden
The “large village” of Marsden (home to the Riverhead Brewery) is close to the Standedge portal. It runs an annual jazz festival and, in 2017, it had the Norwegian cellist and composer Maya Bugge create, perform and record in the Standedge Tunnel.
The recording, No Exit, is now available on Bandcamp for a mere STG£10 (digital) or £12 (CD). There are five tracks:
- Lullaby for Standedge Tunnel
- No Exit.
Posted in Canals, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Foreign parts
Tagged cello, Diggle, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, jazz, Marsden, Maya Bugge, Slaithwaite, Standedge, tunnel