I know this is probably a bit sad, but I had never been on a tram before, so I was excited to see them in Sheffield! We therefore decided to have a trip out to Meadowhall just to go one one. We hadn’t actually looked to see if there was a Waterstones there (although we thought there probably would be). In fact, there are two – Park Lane and The Arcade. Having been to Meadowhall before, and not really wanting to do shopping we just went and photographed them and then got back on the tram and went back to the city!
The tram was wonderful – I wish we had them in the South West!
On the next leg of our trip to Sheffield we planned to stop at Eyam, also known as thePlague Village. We decided to stretch our legs at Buxton on the way. We walked up to the Opera House and found a pop-up Waterstones which was there as part of the Buxton Festival. As you can imagine it was very small… and rather cramped!
After leaving Buxton we did indeed stop at Eyam. We visited the National Trust property and then went into the church. We didn’t have time to explore the whole village and would like to go back. The villagers, suffering from an outbreak of plague, took the decision to quarantine themselves to stop the plague from spreading. Their selfless actions meant that they achieved their aim of containing the disease, but at the end of the outbreak the population had shrunk from 350 to 83. More people died in Eyam than in the whole of London.
After leaving Bradford we stopped in Huddersfield for breakfast – a very nice bacon and egg roll – or as the Huddersfieldians call it, a teacake! I asked what they call what we would call a teacake and they said “a current teacake” – so that clears that up then!
Huddersfield was much bigger than we expected. Wikipedia tells me that it’s the 11th largest town in the UK. One of Huddersfield’s most famous sons was The Right Honourable The Lord Wilson of Rievaulx KG OBE PC FRS FSS (better known as Harold Wilson) who was Britain’s Prime Minister and served in that office twice. There is a statue in his honour in front of the town’s railway station.
The Waterstone’s inHuddersfieldis a small shop in a rather bland shopping centre, but at least it was busy with shoppers. The Waterstones was rather quiet though.
I actually bought a book today! My family usually buy me Waterstones gift cards for birthdays and Christmases so I used some of it to buyWinnie The Pooh: The Best Bear in the World, which was brought out last year to celebrate Pooh’s 90th birthday. Gotta love Winnie the Pooh!
Our holiday continued with a visit to Leeds by train from Bradford. We visited Leeds in 2012 but didn’t really explore the city in depth. This time we did quite a bit of walking – the art gallery we wanted to go into was closed for refurbishment, but as the weather was so lovely we decided to stay mostly inside. We visited the wonderful Kirkgate Market (it recently featured on the news as one of the stalls was selling an item of pork that might be more suited to a bush-tucker trial…) and also the Marks and Spencer Archive which is free and well worth a visit. It’s a little way out of the town, being situated in part of the University campus, but very interesting and worth the walk.
The Waterstones in Leeds is a large store set over three floors and according to their website is Yorkshire’s largest book shop. I left Peter having a coffee here whilst I went to snap some shots and buy some postcards. I know it’s a bit old-fashioned now but I love sending them!
Lots of reading tables in this branch
The photographs below are from the County Arcade in the Victoria Quarter and the Kirkgate Market.
The second store in Manchester is much larger than the one in the Arndale – and much grander! The store’s website informs me thatDeansgateis “the biggest bookshop in the North of England”. It has rooms off the main building with sign-boards above the door and stocks over 80,000 books! I particularly loved the colourful children’s department and the funky cafe (sadly no time for a cuppa).
We were going to have a meal in the Printworks which is, as the name suggests, the site of a former newspaper publisher, but as our friend couldn’t make it we went back to our hotel. It’s an area we love though, so here’s a photo from our visit in 2014!
We went to Manchester to meet up with a friend for dinner. Unfortunately she was poorly, but it did give us the opportunity to snap the two Waterstones in the city! This one is in the Arndale Shopping Centre.
On our way to Manchester we visited the World Heritage Site ofSaltaire. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in this part of the world. Businessman Titus Salt purchased land to move his five factories and build a village for his workers to live in. Completed in 1851 the village was designed with the health and welfare of his staff in mind. Nowadays the mill building houses a David Hockney exhibition and several shops plus a cafe. Although not a Waterstones, I did buy a copy of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens to add to my collection from the book shop there!
We also stopped at the Baitings Reservoir near Sowerby Bridge where we walked across the dam. A great spot for a picnic!
We arrived in Bradford during the last couple of hours of their Literature Festival – quite by chance we stumbled upon a pop-up Waterstones. It was a beautiful day and theCity Park(definitely worth a visit) was packed with people enjoying the sunshine by splashing in the Mirror Pool!
The outside of the pop-up shop was covered with book quotes from authors including William Goldman, J M Barrie, Neil Gaiman, P L Travers, C S Lewis and J B Priestley to name but a few. The inside was very hot!
Obviously this pop-up store isn’t there any more, but it’s worth visiting the park anyway!