There is a particular type of house you often find in West Yorkshire towns and villages : stone terraces houses with a bit of a swagger. They are often set a little above street level so you can sit in your bay-windowed parlour and look down on the rest of the world. There will be a little wooden porch so you can shelter from the ever-present rain whilst your shake your umbrella off. And there will be little adornments, little pieces of unnecessary decoration which sets the overlooker aside from the mill-worker, the Council clerk from the railway porter.
And these little wooden banisters and traceries provide endless decorative opportunities for house painters. How many generations of Thornton house-painters have clung to their ladders whilst painting every twirl and curve in olive green are oak tan? Layer upon layer of paint matching the layer upon layer of generations that have inhabited these well proportioned rooms.
The houses on Wensley Bank, Thornton, have a fine prospect across the valley. You could look out of those windows and feel at peace with the world. And in the light of those windows you could get out your paint chart and plan what colour to paint the woodwork, what shade to mark the layer of your life.
This is the fifth part of the exploration of Thornton, West Yorkshire by Jennyfreckles and myself. We visited Thornton independently and used our cameras to record our own interpretation of the village. You can see how Jennyfreckles has approached the task by taking a look at her SALT AND LIGHT Blog.
There will be a break from this series tomorrow to make way for my Sepia Saturday post, but the final part of One Pin, Two Views will be published on Sunday.