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Skelton Grange power Station.


Skelton Grange power Station.
Description:
Ist August 1983. View of Skelton Grange Power Station looking from Belle Isle towards Stourton. The street in the foreground with parked car is Winrose Grove. In the middle distance, a car can be seen travelling on the M1 urban motorway, which would later be re-designated the M621 following construction of the A1 - M1 Link in the 1990s. Beyond the motorway is the freightliner rail terminal. The power station closed in 1994 and was demolished in 1998.

User Comments:

Name:
Peter Jackson

Comment:
Looking at the photo now its hard to remember Skelton Grange looked so close, I lived on Belle Isle Road and used to come up the hill shown delivering papers for Charle Anderson and the power station seemed well in the distance.

Date:
30-Jul-2013

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petermj67@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Peter Jackson

Comment:
Had a closer look at the photo and am convinced its been tampered with, the definition between the power station and the houses are such it just does not look right, also all the concrete structures just behind the street lamp is where Woodhouse cemetary is. The scene is not how I remember it and not as it was. Just trick photography nothing more. Hope more comments follow.

Date:
30-Jul-2013

Email:
petermj67@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Vern

Comment:
I see Mr. Jackson's point but I'm not convinced that this a doctored photo. Winrose Grove slopes downhill and with such a massive object centred in the pic it's possible that there's a fair degree of foreshortning. I had friends on the Winroses and Newhalls as a kid, and SG looked massive from there - but then again, everything does when one is a kid and it's 40 years ago! I lived not too far away (Manor Farm Way) and it seemed very close from my bedroom window.

Date:
19-Aug-2013

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Name:
John Bean

Comment:
I agree with Peter, this shot appears to be foreshortened the power station from here would be at least 2 miles away. The Yorkshire Copper Works would be extreme right roofing showing quite a few of their chimney tops just bottom of the house roof slope on the right.

Date:
19-Aug-2013

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beanj@btinternet.com

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
I seem to remember this Power Station when it was first built. If my memory serves me correctly, there were only two cooling towers at that time. Was it the late 1940's /early 1950's???

Date:
22-Aug-2013

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
chris gore

Comment:
had a temp job there in 80s stripping asbestos for a sheffield firm i remember it was a fair drive up from the main road i think for the chimneys to tower over background the back half of picture was taken at a lower nearer level.

Date:
05-Jan-2014

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Name:
Paul Crowther

Comment:
I know this view well, and could see Skelton Grange from my bedroom window. It looked a lot closer than it actually was because of the elevation of the land. Oddly, when my brother was driving me down Middleton Road a few years back (long after the demolition),he remembered how close, optically speaking, the Station had always seemed to be to Belle Isle

Date:
02-Jan-2015

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Name:
Brenda Tebbs

Comment:
I worked here as a junior clerk 1954 -1957.

Date:
16-Feb-2015

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Name:
chris tarrant

Comment:
This is not a retouched photograph. The depth of field is spot on, and I can see no earthly reason why anyone would need a 'doctored' photograph of SG

Date:
17-Apr-2015

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Name:
Steve Jones

Comment:
I took this photograph in 1983, and made the print myself. I can confirm that the image hasn't been 'doctored'. I used a 35mm camera with a 200mm/f4 telephoto lens. The relatively long focal length explains the foreshortening seen in the image. Steve Jones

Date:
28-Apr-2015

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Name:
Peter Jackson

Comment:
I agree, I don't think the print has been doctored, for had Steve moved his camera a little to the right perhaps Buckingham Palace would also have come into view complete with the same faded image as the Skelton Grange photo.

Date:
10-May-2015

Email:
petermj67@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Vern

Comment:
Impressive sarcasm Mr. Jackson. Well, for those who like it anyway. Instead of such vague statements as "it doesn't look right" and it's not how I remember, why don't you use your obvious knowledge of photography to point out the technical aspects of the picture that prove your theory? Since you're so sure of yourself I'm sure you wouldn't mind enlightening us mere laymen with your extensive theoretical skillset.

Date:
05-Jun-2015

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Name:
Vern

Comment:
If Peter still needs further persuasion as to the veracity of this photo - and a Damascene conversion seems unlikely - this other photo on this site, number 20111010_172755 also taken in the mid-80s, may be of interest. Comparing the two, I still see no sign of forgery in Stephen's photo.

Date:
10-Jun-2015

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Name:
Peter Hill

Comment:
It was probably taken using a long lens which can give a false impression of distance

Date:
17-Jun-2015

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Name:
chris gore

Comment:
i have been to skelton grange hundreds of times also worked there also my dad worked and retired there took pics from miggy belle isie stourton grange and never seen it as close with houses in foreground i think it is a very clever piece of photography which will divide opinion as we all have different memories

Date:
30-Jul-2015

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