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The Town Hall. Designed by William Bakewell of Leeds, the Town Hall, with the adjoining Free Library and Assembly Hall, was built between 1906 and 1908 for Ilkley Urban District Council, formed in 1894. The Carnegie Trust paid for the Library. The Winter Garden was added in 1912.
Station Road, Ilkley, United Kingdom
La Butte aux Cailles. Pierre Caille achète ici en 1543 un coteau planté de vignes dominant la Bièvre. Il laissera son nom à ce petit territoire agricole, dont l'histoire est à peine bouleversée par l'atterrissage forcé du premier aérostat portant le marquis d'Arlandes et Pilâtre de Rozier, en 1783. La butte est alors couronnée de quelques moulins; l'un des deux derniers subsiste sur cette placette, jusque dans les années 1860. L'on y creuse aussi des carrières de pierre et de glaise. Entre la Révolution de 1848 et la Grande guerre, la Butte aux Cailles est colonisée par des chiffonniers et des ouvriers du cuir. Ce village sans église se peuple de fermes, d'ateliers et de commerces, dans un esprit de convivialité et de liberté.
The Butte aux Cailles. Pierre Caille bought here in 1543 a hillside planted with vines overlooking the Bièvre. He left his name to this small agricultural territory, whose history was barely altered by the forced landing of the first aerostat bearing the Marquis d'Arlandes and Pilâtre de Rozier in 1783. The mound was crowned with a few mills; one of the last two remained on this plot until the 1860s. Stone and clay quarries are also excavated. Between the 1848 Revolution and the Great War, Butte aux Cailles was colonized by rags and leather workers. This church-free village is populated by farms, workshops and shops, in a spirit of conviviality and freedom. [AWS Translate]
Place de la Commune de Paris, Paris, France
St. Hilda's Church (1840) St. Hilda's Parish Church stood on this site for over 120 years, serving the community to which it gave its name. It was designed in the Gothic style by the architects J & B Green of Newcastle upon Tyne. The foundation stone was laid by Mrs Hustler of Acklam Hall on 24 July 1838. The first service was held on 15 May 1840 and the building was consecrated by the Bishop of Durham on 25 September of that year. The congregation declined in the 1960's and the building itself began to deteriorate. Sadly, it was demolished between 1969 and 1970. This plaque stands near the site of the altar by the east window, which was presented to the church by John Vaughan in 1867. The plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of Middlesbrough, Councillor Marje Barker on 25 September 1990, the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the church.
?, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Texas Historical Marker #8799
Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church. Organized in Illinois in 1833 by Daniel Parker. Members moved to Texas. First meeting in Stephen F. Austin's Colony, January 20, 1834. Log church built December, 1839. Old graveyard adjoins. Present church fourth on same site. Continuous worship since 1834. Daniel Parker, Pastor 1833 - 1844. #8799
?, Elkhart, TX, United States
Polish paratroops to the Royal Burgh of Elie & Earlsferry as a token of friendship and gratitude 1940-1943
Town Hall, Earlsferry, United Kingdom
Cockington Court manor house of the Squires of Cockington from Saxon times to 1932
Cockington Court, Torquay, United Kingdom
The Parish Church of St John [full inscription unknown]
St John's Square, Church Street, Blackpool, United Kingdom