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My name is Roy, I live at Otley in West Yorkshire and I am retired. I am not the best photographer and most of my pics depict the unusual.

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Reminiscent of Blackpool, one of Weatherspoon's pub's recalls Stanley Holloway's monologue : 'There's a famous seaside place called Blackpool that's noted for fresh air and fun and Mr & Mrs Ramsbottom went there with Albert their son.' Of course Albert was eaten by a lion on their visit to the zoo,

Am original Liverpool 'special' post box cast by Cochrane & Co of Dudley 1863.

Many thanks Darren.

A curious painting on the tower inside wall of the Parish Church of All Saints at Stamford in Lincolnshire has an inscription which reads :

All you that Do pretend to Ring: you under take a Dangerous thing: if that a Bell you over throw two Pence must pay Before you go. 1694

There is a charming memorial on the south aisle wall of St John The Baptist Church at Stamford. In Coadstone, a form of terracotta, it depicts a female figure mourning over an urn, probably the mother of one John Booth who died in 1799 at the age of 7 years. The incised inscription reads :

'To Him a length of Days in mercy God denied Who never gave his Parents pain but when he died'.

Although there seems to be no explanation, the inscription has been altered and originally began :

'To Him a length of Days the cruel Fates denied'.

On the end of Wisteria Cottage.

I bit tired like the adjacent pub now being converted to private house.

Old West Riding Constabulary police box preserved in grounds of police station at Wetherby.

The River Wharfe once divided the townships of Wetherby and Micklethwaite.

Littletown is a tiny hamlet now absorbed by the ancient Burgh of Dornoch in the north of Scotland. In a small garden there, a simple stone bearing the date 1722, marks the spot where the last witch was burnt in Scotland. Janet Horne had been accused of ‘turning her deformed daughter into a pony and having her shod by the devil!’ An information board nearby tells us : 'Janet Horne had been a lady's maid before she married but in 1727 she was old and confused. Early that year neighbours reported that she was using witchcraft to turn her daughter into a devil's pony. Janet and her daughter whose hand was deformed were imprisoned in Dornoch where they were tried and found guilty of witchcraft. Th daughter escaped before being sentenced but the mother was sentenced to death. The next day she was stripped, rolled in tar and placed in a barrel. A grim procession took her to this place where she was burned. She was the last recorded person in Scotland to die in this terrible way. Janet Horne's execution was marked by this stone. The date on the stone should be 1727'.


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