Sunday, 25 May 2014

Church of All Saints Helmsley

Helmsley is in North Yorkshire, a lovely village or small town with a good market on Fridays local shops and nice pubs
Church of All Saints Helmsley
A link to Wikipedia,_Helmsley

Church of All Saints Helmsley
Pictures taken back in 2012 sorry I`ve just got around to showing them. (I have a back log to get through)

Church of All Saints Helmsley

Church of All Saints Helmsley

Thursday, 22 May 2014

World Goth Day 2014

Happy World Goth Day.
Selfie taken today for World Goth Day using timer.
  Had to work in the rain, but when it stopped
I could put on my best to rake the drive

Following on from my last blog
this is where I was working today

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Yorkshire - Goth`s Own County

A Yorkshire Morning
On the eve of World Goth Day here`s Some of my favourite Gothic places in my home county Yorkshire.

Used to be my place of work on Thursdays. The most Gothic House/Garden that I work at and I love it. Grade I listed with origins from the 17th century, to work at a house like this seems almost an honour. Just over the main road is St. Andrew`s Church also designed by Edward Buckton Lamb

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey
Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks
  Natural rock formations of wonderful and weird shape some up to 30 metres high. Caused by Millstone Grit being eroded by the Yorkshire weather over several million years. I think it`s a great place to stand on top, let the wind blow your long coat and act like a Vampire / Vampire Slayer.

Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey

Goathland / North Yorkshire Moors Stream Railway
The train station (Which is on the preserved North Yorkshire Moors line that takes you to Whitby, by Steam train)   has been used as Hogwarts in Harry Potter, so plenty of “Goth Points” there, but go down the little lanes and paths, find the World`s smallest pub or go down to Aborts House Farm, then you can feel the Gothness.

Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey
  Only a short walk from where I grow up. This used to be my playground

Lawnswood Cemetery

Lawnswood Cemetery
  One of the biggest Cemeteries in Leeds. This is my favourite memorial. to Sam  Wilson. View my Blog Here 

The North Yorkshire Moors

North Yorkshire Moors
  Full of Standing Stones and Medieval Crosses

Thruscross Cemetery

Thruscross Cemetery
  No Church or any buildings bleak barren landscape I think this could be my favourite cemetery  Here`s a link to my Blog


A view of Whitby
  Even, or maybe more so when it`s not the Goth Weekend. Whitby is totally Goth, you feel it before you park the car, or if you came by Stream train (See above) Forget the idea of posing in St Hilda’s Church and unless you`re rich the cost to get in to the Abbey is outrageous go down the back streets find the little shops especially Spiritual Connections run by Lisa and Barry on Grape Lane. Or Glyn ceramics on Silver Street. Go in the small pubs, Try the real ale, find the real Whitby, find the real you.

York (City)

Haunted House at York
With a history dating back to 71AD York as a lot to offer :-
Jorvik Viking centre
York Minster
York Castle Walls & museum
The York Dungeon
4 different Ghost walks nightly
Home to DV8, Goth festival.

Happy World Goth Day

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Bad Pollyanna Street team

I have joined the Bad Pollyanna Street team, what that means is that I am helping to promote the band, or in their words “As members, you'll be helping us in our quest for global domination through various means including promotion and content creation.”

So This Weeks Tasks
    Show Promotion: An image with our upcoming show listings. We would like you to share this image across any social network that you're on. Be sure to copy and paste the following information so that people know where to get tickets:
"Tickets available here:"

They`re introducing a referral scheme to all street team members. Essentially, if I recommend them to someone and they make purchases through their online merch store – I`ll get a bunch of awesome free goodies! Note - this does include ticket sales, hence why this week's task is so important!

Here's how it works:

When my friends make a purchase, they must put my name (I use my day name Alastair Appleby) in the 'order notes' box during their purchase on - they will then keep a list of however much the sales amount to, sending me my goodies at these intervals:

Sunday, 4 May 2014

My Grandparents Grave

I have a waiting list of cemeteries that I have visited and mean to write a Blog on, but you`ll see why this one jumped the queue.
Holy Trinity Church Meanwood
On Friday I was working in a part of Leeds that I don`t often, and I realised that I was not far from where my Grandparents are buried at Holy Trinity Church Meanwood. So after I had finished I drove down to the Church and had a look around for their grave.

The Entrance Holy Trinity Church Meanwood
It took quite a while but it is located by the wall north of the Church almost now under a Holly tree and covered in fallen leaves.

My Grandparents Grave as found
I am a gardener and had my tools in the car so I soon tidied the area up and pruned the Holly tree. I also went out and got some flowers.

My Grandparents Grave, after
But I was totally horrified to see the date of my Grandmother’s dearth was wrong by ten years, and I`m not sure how I go about getting it altered?

The headstone reads,
In Loving Memory of A Dear Husband and Father
Who died 19th May 1959 Aged 63 Years.
Till We Meet Again.
Ethel May Appleby 1901 – 1986

Which should have been 1976.

I think that  it was not until 1986 that my Grandmother’s name was added. My farther just never seemed to get around to those things.

Holy Trinity Church Meanwood
The Cemetery is very over grown with some graves been overtaken by trees and wild bluebells. I guess the church just does not have the money or staff to look after the grounds.

Holy Trinity Church Meanwood
Holy Trinity Church Meanwood is a grade II listed building. The architect was William Railton (1801-1877). He was Architect to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners from 1838-1848 and also designed Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, London, 1839-1842. He practised from Regent Street, London The clock was added in 1850 - designed by Edmund Beckett Denison, QC, MP (who later became the 1st Baron Grimthorpe in 1886)

Grooving In Green + October Burns Black + Auger at Carpe Noctum, Leeds

I had looking forward to this gig ever since I knew about it, but on Saturday morning I didn`t feel up to it especially with having to wor...