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Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Combe Hay

The Village of Combe Hay from Wellow Hill

Tuesday, 27 February 2007

Parade in Bath

Parade in Cheap Street Bath probably 1960’s
none of the shops still exist.

Monday, 26 February 2007


Tabitha tries the ear defenders
while Lottie clowns around

Sunday, 25 February 2007

Wedding Pictures

September 1970 Wendy sorts wedding pictures in our old Mini, during our honeymoon.
This started two days after our wedding as we opened our shop in the Abbey Church Yard on the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Friday, 23 February 2007

Tabby in a Box

David’s picture of a Tabby in a Box.

Thursday, 22 February 2007

Harris Hawk

The best side of Sam made it on to TV again today,
photographing this Harris Hawk that BANES
are using to clear Seagulls.

Pictures Copyright BBC TV / The Bath Chronicle

Wednesday, 21 February 2007


Is Granddad after my strawberries
or just trying to get in the picture!

Senior moment

Another senior moment
“Where did I park the Reliant Robin”

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Monday, 19 February 2007

Forever Friends Bear

"Look out Dad there’s a great big bear coming this way".

Sunday, 18 February 2007

The Mattock Girls

A few of David's new pictures
of Tabitha and Lottie.

Saturday, 17 February 2007

London by Night

Our Son-in-Law David has been on a computer course in London this week, and has used the evenings to photograph the landmarks.

A remarkable set of pictures with
a Canon PowerShot A610 and no tripod

Pictures Copyright David Mattock

Friday, 16 February 2007

Hook Ladders

Firemen display the use of hook ladders on the practice tower of Bath City Fire Station.
My Father was in the brigade during the Second World War, and was retired after injuring himself with one of these ladders.
The idea was to smash a first floor window with the spike on the end, climb the ladder and sit astride the window ledge pulling the ladder up to the next window.
They used wooden ladders for a modern example see this

Thursday, 15 February 2007

Bath Half Marathon

Some Bath Chronicle staff are running the Bath Half-Marathon on the 25th of March.
In particular news editor Paul Wiltshire has taken the challenge to raise money for Click Sargent.
Now I sit opposite Paul some days and always thought his only form of exercise was to walk to the kitchen to collect his lunch box.
So come on Sponsor him at and let’s all give him a gentle push with a donation.
This is an unusual view of the Chronicle team posing for a photograph; Paul is second from the right.

Wednesday, 14 February 2007

The Lansdowne Arms

The Lansdowne Arms on the Edge of the Bowood Estate
in Wiltshire serves excellent food.

And to keep guests amused they have this mystery object
outside the toilets, can you guess what it is.

Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Bath Assembly Rooms

The empty ballroom in the Assembly Rooms
was a real dancing temptation for this child.

Monday, 12 February 2007


Berkeley Power Station and Nuclear labs from the National Power Airship, a flight I shared with one of the last survivors from the R101 disaster in 1930 that killed 48 people.

Sunday, 11 February 2007

Bad Parking

April 2003 a fire engine has problems with parked cars.
Picture Copyright Sam Farr / The Bath Chronicle

Saturday, 10 February 2007

G-Wiz Electric car

Over the last few years I have photographed several electric cars, but I had never seen an electric car in use, apart from Milk floats.

Today I spotted this G-Wiz in Larkhall, it costs £6999 and runs for around a penny a mile.

The only snag is it’s range is only 45 miles, great in central London where you get free charging and can save £8000 a year in parking and congestion charges.

Friday, 9 February 2007

Goodbye Ian

Wendy and I were sad at the sudden-death of Ian Richardson, who was well known for his role as scheming chief whip Francis Urquhart in the BBC TV series 'House of Cards'.

He died unexpectedly aged 72 with his final performance as the voice of Death in the TV adaptation of my old friend Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather shown on Sky at Christmas.

Ian was a true gentleman and I last photographed him in September 2005 at Bath Theatre Royal.

As you can see from the picture he was always keen to help, even holding the reflector for the photographers to photograph his Co-Star.

As Wendy is a great fan of House of cards I dropped a picture back for to him to sign for her.

To her surprise he took it to her work and delivered it in person, he then posted us a handwritten note of thanks for the prints I sent him.

Pictures Copyright Sam Farr / The Bath Chronicle

Thursday, 8 February 2007

Wrestling in Bath

About six years ago Mad Eli organised a free wresting tournament in Kingston Parade.

To raise money for various charities, here are a couple of my snaps.

Pictures Copyright Sam Farr / The Bath Chronicle

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Story Time

Tabitha makes herself comfortable as Andy
reads to the Girls.

Photograph by Nicky

Tuesday, 6 February 2007


A Couple of Wendy's pictures of Lottie take today.

Monday, 5 February 2007

Prior Park Gardens Bath

The Palladian bridge at Prior Park Gardens dates from 1755