Doesn't it look idyllic! Batley Park in West Yorkshire. I went there this week for the first time in almost sixty years.
My mum used to take me and my brother here when we were toddlers - we used to fish for tiddlers in this pond. And I remember the nearby museum with its array of stuffed birds and animals, birds eggs, things like that.
That must have been the Bagshaw Museum - not just by the pond, as I remember it, but a ten minute stroll away through fairly steep, wooded paths - much too tough for a five-year-old. My mum must have driven us from the museum up above to the pond down below.
This is the museum. It's a former mill owner's house and, yes, it still has a stuffed golden eagle and a snowy owl, and the whole wall of a room is taken up by a century-old recreation of sea birds breeding on a cliff, which must have kept an army of taxidermists busy for quite a while.
The museum now has much more to it - one floor of Batley local history (though alas no accompanying leaflet or booklet) and one floor which is global in aspiration. Plus the ornate billiard room of the Bagshaw mansion much as it would have been (minus the billiard table).
My dad went to Batley Grammar (founded 1612) - then a very different school, I imagine. But until this week I had never been there. Strange when I grew up just a few miles away. Apart from childhood visits to the park, I don't think I ever came to Batley.
If the name 'Batley Grammar' rings a bell, well, that's the school with a lot of Muslim pupils where a teacher recently showed a religious studies class a caricature of the Prophet. No, it didn't go down too well with many of the parents!
The other reason you may have heard of Batley is because Jo Cox was the local MP. She was murdered during the Brexit referendum campaign five years ago by an extreme right-wing Brexiteer. She was much liked and is warmly remembered.
And there's a by-election there at the moment - the sitting Labour MP has stood down as she's been elected a mayor, and there's intense speculation that this 'Red Wall' seat will fall to the Tories. If it does, it won't be because of voters switching from Labour to Conservative - but because the unscrupulous George Galloway will have won over sufficient local Muslim voters to deprive Labour of its fairly modest majority.
To judge by the tiny straw poll I conducted, Labour is likely to lose Batley and Spen. Galloway doesn't have much of a support base - but his campaign is very visible, and his name is known, and tolerably well respected, within the South Asian community.
But for me the visit was a chance above all to see a bit of Batley - a former mill town which specialised in 'shoddy' and the cheap end of the woollen trade and which seems to have bounced back better than most.
The town centre is smart - the sandstone has been cleaned up, and some of the buildings (the Methodist church, the Town Hall, the Carnegie library and art gallery) are impressive. As you can see -
Most of Batley's mills - those still standing - have also been spruced up and put to other uses. Some are designer brand discount stores - others are being used by the bed and bedding trade which is one of the biggest employers in Batley - others again are car sales depots or car repair workshops. I only saw one old mill which looked to be falling down.
The town has a large South Asian community: Gujaratis, Punjabis and Kashmiris, and overwhelmingly Muslim. There seems to be very little integration. But also little of the grinding poverty you see in some other former mill towns.
Batley isn't prosperous but it does feel busy.
The visit was also a chance for me to reacquaint myself with one of the things Yorkshire does best!
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