FERRYBRIDGE, Brotherton, North Yorkshire. Cooling towers at Ferrybridge Power Station form the background to this view of the Church of St Edward at Brotherton, North Yorkshire. The church was built in 1842. Three power stations were built on this site from 1926. The last of the cooling towers were demolished in 2022. Photographed by Eric de Mare, date range 1960 - 1980
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print by Eric de Mare showcases the juxtaposition of modern industry and traditional religion in North Yorkshire. The image captures the iconic Ferrybridge Power Station's cooling towers, which serve as a striking backdrop to the serene Church of St Edward at Brotherton. Built in 1842, this historic church stands tall amidst an industrial landscape that has evolved over time. The photograph offers a glimpse into the changing face of Ferrybridge, with three power stations having been erected on this site since 1926. It serves as a testament to the region's rich history and its ability to adapt to technological advancements throughout the years. Eric de Mare expertly captures this moment between 1960 and 1980 when both structures coexist harmoniously within one frame. The contrast between the towering cooling towers and the delicate architecture of St Edward's creates a visual narrative that speaks volumes about human ingenuity and resilience. Although these cooling towers were eventually demolished in 2022, this print immortalizes their presence alongside an enduring symbol of faith. De Mare's composition invites viewers to reflect upon how our ever-changing world can shape our surroundings while reminding us of our capacity for progress without forsaking tradition. In summary, Eric de Mare's photograph encapsulates not only a historical moment but also explores themes such as modernity, industrialization, religion, and architectural heritage against an evolving backdrop – all within one captivating image from Historic England.
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