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The Bath Hotel from Convent Walk

I have vague memories of visiting this pub occasionally at lunchtimes when I was much younger than I am now, many years ago. It was a short walk from the building where I worked with a bunch of thirsty engineers. There would be, generally on Friday’s, sessions where I doubt many of the people were in any fit state to do any work when they got back to the office!

The Bath Hotel

Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Colorplus. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 23 September 2022.

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Rockingham Arms

Another GW690 photo from my recent walk around Wentworth. I’m posting early today as I have a dentist appointment later which might (probably will!) involve a tooth extraction, and I’m not sure whether I’ll feel like writing anything after that.

Rockingham Arms

Fujica GW690 & Fomapan 400. Shot at 200asa and developed at box speed by lab (in Xtol).

Taken on 20 February 2022

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The same subjects

Today’s photo is of The Fat Cat pub in Kelham Island. It’s a place I’ve photographed on a number of occasions as it always seems to catch my eye, especially if the conditions are nice, as they were on this day.

I think that, because I tend to choose Kelham Island for photography outings quite often – it’s close and easy to get to and I can usually find free parking. Plus it’s undergoing gentrification so change is taking place all the time – that an element of over-familiarity might have set in and that I’m drawn to the same compositions that attracted me on previous visits – the more obvious ones at least.

There will be countless other pictures to be made, but I need to look more carefully and draw them out I think.

A couple of earlier posts featuring The Fat Cat can be seen here and here.

Fat Cat

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & & Ilford FP4+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 10mins @ 20°

Taken on 15 January 2021

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Negative damage

I’ve spoken a few times recently about the odd marks on this roll of expired Tri-X Pan. I believe it expired in 2003, although that’s really a best guess based upon the fact that it came with some rolls of other film which were all dated that year. Given its age I perhaps shouldn’t be too surprised that defects have appeared, although I’ve shot older film than this (and a number of rolls of this same film from the same batch) without issues, so it’s not necessarily a given fact.

Anyway, I’ve been editing the marks out of the pictures in Photoshop for the most part, but this one resisted my efforts – or at least to an extent that I was satisfied with any restoration that I’d attemped – so I decided to leave it as it is. I’ve not removed any dust spots and there’s even another defect at the left side of the frame where the negative took some physical damage, possibly as a result of my struggling with the curliness of it!

Despite the marks on the image, it quite works with the scene I think. It maybe adds a little character.


Olympus XA3 & Kodak Tri-X Pan (expired 2003 – shot at box speed and pushed a stop in development). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 10mins @ 20°

Taken on 18 December 2021

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Derelict pubs

I’ve posted photos of abandoned pubs on this blog on a number of occasions before. So here are a couple more. The Durham Ox and Ye Old Harrow are within a stone’s throw of each other on Cricket Inn Road and Broad Street (these are effectively the same road, but the name changes partway along its length). The Durham Ox is in a sorry state of affairs with most of its roof missing and I suspect it will not be long before it is demolished. The Ye Old Harrow, while looking somewhat rough around the edges with broken windows, boarded up doors, and graffiti, appears to have been sold and will hopefully find new life in some form.

There’s a photograph of the Durham Ok made in 1981 by John Davies, which shows the pub in different times. The city was undergoing a lot of development at that time and over the next couple of dacades as a lot of the heavy industry gradually moved on and the city became more service-led.

No-one drinking now
So many pubs are now gone
Only shells remain

This way to the derelict pub
All out of beer
Ye Old Harrow

Nikon F80, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 24 July 2021

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Wig & Pen

A couple of photos of the Wig & Pen pub in Sheffield City centre. I don’t think I’ve stepped foot in here for thirty years! I remember going in occasionally on work’s nights out, but it never featured as a venue when out with my friends. It didn’t use to be red back then either, but it makes for a nice vibrant picture.

Stuck for a haiku?
Just make up some old rubbish
That will do just fine

Red frontage
Wig & Pen

Nikon F80, Nikkor 50mm f/18 AF-D & Fujichtome Velvia (expired 2003).

Taken on 13 June 2021

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The remains of the Farfield Inn

Another victim in the declining pub trade in the UK, the Farfield Inn stands at the western end of Neepsend Lane at the bottom of Hillfoot Road, not far from the busy route that is Penistone Road. There used to be pigeon lofts on the steep hillside along this stretch but those, like the Farfield Inn, have fallen into dereliction, their skeletal remains vaguely apparent in the brush that has grown to take their place.

“Fancy a nice pint?”
Would once have been said by those
Who visited here

Abandoned hostelries
Abandoned hostelries

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 9 May 2021

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A closed pub (but probably now re-opened)

This is the Yellow Lion pub at Aston. I think I’ve only ever been inside once, and that was decades ago, mostly because it’s out of the local area. On the day I made these photos it was closed, the second tranche of lockdown easing that would allow pubs to open for customers in outdoor seating yet to arrive. Now, I expect it will be serving people outside and, unless the situation changes, probably for indoor service later this month.

Yellow Lion

Some disappointment with my Plustek scanner has arisen. I’ve spotted it might have developed a fault as I’ve noticed feint vertical bars on some of my photos. While they are only noticeable on shots with areas of low contrast (clear skies and so forth), and not immediately visible unless you’re really looking for them, now I’ve noticed I can’t un-notice the problem. Oddly it only seems to be affecting colour negative scans – slides don’t seem to have any sign of the issue, and neither do B&W negatives. Whatever the case, I’ve sent a message to Plustek to see if there’s a way to fix the problem, but in the meantime I’ll just have to put up with it.

I’m feeling concerned
My scanner has a problem
I hope it can be fixed

Yellow Lion

Canon Sure Shot Supreme & Kodak Colorplus.

Taken on 5 April 2021