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369 steps above Halifax: atop Wainhouse Tower

Enjoying a bird’s eye view from the top of the Wainhouse Tower at Skircoat Moor on the outskirts of Halifax this Bank Holiday Monday. 

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astride_wainhouse_towerThis iconic building is maintained by Calderdale Council, and is open to the public on ‘high days and holidays‘. It affords a fantastic viewpoint across the local area, and is rightly popular with thrill-seekers and those with a sense of historical curiosity. There are 369 steps in order to reach the public gallery which encircles the tower near the top.

wainhouse_details-1I originally climbed the tower almost exactly five years ago, on a previous May Bank Holiday, and shot a series of panoramas. At the time I was pretty pleased with the results: however I’ve gained a lot more experience, and use much better kit since those days. Also I’ve wanted for a while to try out a nifty technique to ‘hide’ the building from the final 360°.

So when I got the chance to take up some friends who were visiting, I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to revisit the view. I travelled light this time too – no tripod or panoramic head was needed to make this photograph – as I’d learned the hard way climbing all those steps with a full pack of kit is hard work!

The result of ascending the tower once again is this high resolution panorama, which allows the viewer to look all across Halifax, the lower Calder Valley and beyond. Zoom in, look around, and have fun checking out all sorts of places which might catch your eye as you peek about…

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Technical info: photographed using Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 8-15mm f4 fisheye zoom lens; RAW shot as dual ISO using Magic Lantern firmware, then processed with LR CR2HDR, Lightroom 5.4. Stitched with PTGui Pro 5.2.0, output using Pano2VR Pro 4.5

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Wainhouse Tower, Halifax: a splendid Victorian Folly

Since moving to Calderdale I’ve been curious about this magnificent but somewhat incongruous tower which sits on the hillside at Skircoat Moor, between Halifax town centre and Sowerby Bridge. I drive past it on my daily commute, and enjoy how it stands proudly above the clouds which wreath the hillside on misty mornings, and how it’s beautifully illuminated at night.

I’d heard Wainhouse Tower was originally designed as a chimney for a local factory, but never used; and had also heard it had stairs inside it, leading up to a viewing platform which afforded stunning views of the surrounds. Intrigued by such snippets of information, I read more online and discovered that Calderdale Council, the present owners, had recently completed renovations to the ornate stonework and several public open days were held. Needless to say, I had to visit and try to capture some of its glory in 360°…

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