Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Daylight Robbery



Many of the properties in Wirksworth have windows  that have been bricked up, moved or modified, some might been sealed in response to the window taxes of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Window, bricked up

This may be the origin of the expression ‘daylight robbery’, or maybe not who knows; or perhaps  the reason  was a change of use, a little modernisation here and there, remodeling of a building as its use and fashions changed.

Window relocated

Some are there for show, if not illumination

Window painted

Some are a bit fancy, but are now in need of a stone mason

Window x3

Please don’t think the town is in a state of disrepair, it isn’t; I’m just drawn to taking photos of the old and the weary,

Window white

the weathered

Window weathered

and the humble

Window, potting shed

From a collection of posts about the Derbyshire town of Wirksworth,

they start here

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From a collection of posts about the Derbyshire town of Wirksworth,

they start here


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

2 thoughts on “Daylight Robbery

  1. I can see some easy Crime Detections in those broken windows; I’ll be up with a CID team presently!

    • Do you win the prize for detecting the broken window or apprehending the perpetrators?
      I think those responsible for breaking some of these windows are probably down the post office collection their pensions rather than their Giro’s

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