Streets Apart

11th January 2020 Word/Photo Challenge The Street

“Even the poorest street is rich with people on it and even the richest street is poor without people on it!” –    Mehmet Murat-ildan

Over on GC and my site Weekly Prompts the weekend Word/Photo Challenge is The Street. The idea for the challenge came to me when I was looking through old photos. I spotted a photo from the Saturday photo challenges that WordPress used to issue,  a challenge where we were asked to post a photo of the street where we lived.

GC and I made our challenge more flexible with a request for anything from anywhere, word or photo, however, the old WordPress challenge got me thinking about the differences in the areas where each of us lives and even on the streets right on our doorstep. 

Creskeld NorthDriving down through my village, I never fail to admire the varied and characterful styles of the detached homes that were built in the 1930s. These ones have a small frontage with very large rear gardens.

Creskeld Lane

On the south eastern edge of the village, just down the road from the above homes, excavations have begun to build an estate of 300 homes.

Extending the size of our village has not gone down well with locals, and I doubt that any of the new homes will have the style and individuality of the ones above. Especially if the ones below that are situated at the bottom of my lane are anything to go by.

Bottom of the lane


Bottom of the lane 2The smithy

One wonders what the planners were thinking, especially as the newer houses are directly opposite the row of Weavers Cottages that were built in the 1800s and the Old Smithy that dates from 1687, any attempt at sympathetic visual harmony is sorely lacking.

FootballAfter taking the village photographs I took a ten-minute drive to the supermarket. Opposite the supermarket is the end house of a row of terrace houses. Look carefully, Football is actually the name of the street!

Harper Rock YeadonThe next street down from Football is this row of houses. Last year son Joss and I took a look around one of these. I can’t help comparing the ones above with the row of cottages at the bottom of my lane where one is for sale at almost £100,000 more than the ones shown above. What a difference a ten-minute drive makes!

(C) 2020 Word/Photo Challenge The Street from Weekly Prompts.

19 thoughts on “Streets Apart

  1. Murphy's Law

    Location, location, location. It’s the same here. You’ll see a few somewhat run down homes and then a brand new state-of-the-art home! Beautiful old stately homes are mixed in with mobile homes. And street names? I think someone’s imagination has run amok!! Lol.

    It seems some beautiful neighborhoods aren’t preserved any more. What a shame.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. The government tells us there is a shortage of affordable housing, and land must be released for new builds, but there is no way that the ones in our village will be affordable. Take the lovely old row Weaver’s cottages, beautifully restored inside, but the one for sale is priced at £300,000 it’s outrageously overpriced.

      I do love those old stone houses with history attached.

      The village normally does well at blending old and new, and planning is very strict, mobile homes wouldn’t be allowed, the planning needs to be strict if the village is to retain the title as the most desirable area. Sadly it wasn’t strict enough with the development at my lane end where it meets the village.

      As you will have noticed from a previous post, my higgledy-piggledy house is outside of the village and not overlooked, otherwise we might not have got planning permission for our extensions.
      Thank you Ginger 🙂

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  2. Older homes, to me, had such charm that is so lacking in newer homes–no matter how hard they try. We have newer homes downtown (where I would love to live) that are priced ‘affordably.’ It’s a running joke as to who are those who can afford these overpriced homes!

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    1. Older places do charm, but a bit like an old car they always seem to need repairs.

      When son Joss was searching he realised he could buy a fabulous house at the other side of the city for next to nothing, but it’s just not an area where he wanted to be.
      He settled for a small terrace house 15 minutes away that just squeezed into his price range, and near enough to the family, but in a nice just about affordable area.
      Thank you Lois.


    1. When the World Championship cycle race, the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire come through your village it’s amazing what is achieved by the Highways department!

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    1. Oh, I so agree. My house is a 1930s build but with later extensions. It looks totally different at the front because the extensions are to the rear and cannot be seen from the front.

      When building the latest extensions I was surprised to see at how things have improved since our last one thirty five years ago. Especially insulation and improved double glazing.

      The trouble with Modern builds is they have such small rooms and gardens.

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    1. I like them too, the 1930s style homes in my village are very English middle class, but like everywhere else, the English also have poorer housing in much poorer areas. Thank you for your comment Tatiana, always appreciated 🙂

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  3. Yes, what a difference a street makes!
    I think the architecture in some of these homes is so wonderful!
    It can be a conundrum…new homes aren’t always made well (sometimes they skimp on things)…and old homes can need major repairs at some point. But I still think the older styles have character and beauty. 🙂
    And the prices of homes today…eek! 😮
    HUGS!!! 🙂


    1. You are so right about the price of owning your own home, without the bank of mum and dad most youngsters wouldn’t have a chance these days.

      You’re also right about the architecture and character of the older homes.
      I like the idea of building a new home in the style of the older pre-war properties such as the 1930s, but with a major difference. It would be an environmentally friendly ‘green’ home run on entirely renewable energy.
      Too late now, the chance has gone. I could have sold up and started again When my husband died, but I chose to team up with my eldest and stay here instead.
      Thank you Carolyn 🙂

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  4. Such a difference in architecture. And yes, I can’t imagine the changes have pleased the locals. 300 homes at a time does not bode well for any individuality!


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