Picture of the Day: Coke Head, Monkton, South Yorkshire, UK

Industry

There was a time when the skyline in Yorkshire was peppered with sights such as this. Pit heads everywhere as industry stripped the seams of coal to power the country and industry. Now, only a few mines remain and most of them are open cast, looking nothing like the one in the photo. 

That said, the pit heads of the colliery we see in the picture above were, at the time, not functioning either. Today’s picture, taken in 2010, shows Monkton Colliery Coke Works and the chimney stacks chucking out the smoke show the only evidence what the site was actively producing – coke. Though not the drinking or snorting kind, the kind used in smelting and power generation

I regularly drove past the coke works when I lived in the area and I still remember the nasty smells and weird yellow tinge everywhere seemed to have. The closer to the stacks you got the yellower and smellier the atmosphere and surroundings. Who knows what it was doing to your lungs?

Nostell Steam Rally

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Today was such a lovely day it was agreed that tools should be downed and that a visit to the Nostell Steam Rally would be in order. Now don’t get me wrong; I am not some weirdo steam enthusiast that wanks lyrical about steam. I’m not. I like steam engines. I can stand and watch their technological wizardry for hours. But if I never saw another steam engine then I wouldn’t be bitter. I’d be a bit sad maybe, but I wouldn’t like like “OMG! ONOES! T EH steamz0rzzzz WTF!”

Still, I do like a good gathering of people that like to display their weirdnesses. At £6 entrance fee, it was reasonably priced. I got to see lots of steam engines (from ickle tiny ones to HUGE “mo’fo’ get out the way or it will squish you” ones. Also in the bargain was a vintage car rally. There was a time when Ford Granada’s were common place. Now they are classed as vintage! This also goes for Capris which, rather bizarrely, have an owners club based in Leeds. See that sort of passion, I cannot understand, but still some people like that sort of thing so who am I to judge.

So I took some piccies and some video but my camera phone has been playing up recently (How fortuitous. It was working like a dream last week and now that I’m in range of my contract expiring it has started to goof up, funny that isn’t it? No doubt if I ring Orange up and say “Oi My phone is knackered!” they would say “Oh well seeing as your contract runs out in July why not upgrade and have a new contract with it. Yeah right) so I have no guarantee there is sound on the videos.

So without further ado (and because I’ve got a 16oz Rump steak with my name on it in the fridge) may I present the photos that came out.


Nostell Priory


The entrance to the rally


Steam things


A steam powered thing


Yet another steam powered thing


It’s a Capri, it might as well be steam powered. Did you know Ford used special rust generating steel to make Ford Capris?


A bus (petrol or possibly diesel powered but for the purposes of this post please imagine it is steam powered)


Tractors. There be farmers around somewhere.


Look mum! Steam things!


Steam powered birds of prey!


A steam powered mini (ok maybe not but it’s a minimini)

A steam powered organ thing

Another steam powered organ thing

Yet one more steam powered organ thing