Every respectable Ossett textile mill had a chimney and usually a mill dam too.
So numerous and prominent were these huge brick structures that you might think that there had been a competition among those pioneering Ossett businessmen to see who could build the biggest and best mill chimney.
The smoke pollution from the mill chimneys was a constant nuisance and the stonework on Ossett Holy Trinity Church has been permanently stained by soot from the smoke from coal-fired steam boilers that powered Ossett's industry.
Several Ossett mill-owners were prosecuted in the 19th century because the smoke from their mill chimneys was regarded as a public nuisance.
Gawthorpe is a small village on the northern outskirts of Ossett with historic ties to Dewsbury and the settlement of Kirkhamgate (via the Gawthorpe Lane footpath) in Wakefield.
For many years, Gawthorpe was considered a separate hamlet, but in 1866, it was joined with Ossett and South Ossett to become Ossett-cum-Gawthorpe.
There were greengrocers, confectioners, butchers, blacksmiths, shoemakers, bakers, barbers and ale sellers who all plied their trade at the end of the 19th century.
Unlike landscape photography, you can't wait for the right light, a speeding train is gone in the blink of an eye!As a result, several factors have to be taken into consideration, such as type of film, angle of shot, focus, choice of lens - and, the most important of all: a fast shutter speed.Of course, success also depends on the vagaries of the weather! As a boy there was a handful of railway photographers I admired - even idolised - whose pictures appeared regularly in the monthly magazines. Morten; Mike Mitchell, Peter Batty, Andy Sparks, Bill Wright, Phil Spencer, John Stoddart, Keith Long, Alex (Mac) Mc Clymont; Dave Salmon; Roy Lambeth..a few words about copyright legislation The term 'labour of love' is an idiom that has become unbearably clichéd with overuse in recent years, but railway photographers deserve such an accolade, because had it not been for a small number of dedicated amateur cameramen a huge amount of our railway heritage would never have been recorded on film.