Posts from the ‘Architecture’ category

St David’s

St David’s with it’s Cathedral and ruined Bishop’s Palace is, by some measures, the smallest city in the United Kingdom….although in reality it’s no bigger than a large village/small town.

Named after St David, the patron Saint of Wales (who founded a monastic order on the site in the 6th century AD) the monastry (later cathedral) and settlement that grew up around it has been attracting pilgrims for over 1500 years….drawn by the Cathedral’s many relics including the remains of St David himself.

© Mark Simms Photography (2021)

Carew Castle

Much of what remains of Carew Castle today was the work of Sir Nicholas de Carew (who died in 1311) although it was slowly adapted over the next 250 years from Medieval fortress to Elizabethan manor.

Carew has a photogenic location situated next to a tidal mill pond.

Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

© Mark Simms Photography (2021)

Pembroke Castle

There has been a castle on this site in Pembroke since 1093, although much of what you see today dates back to the 12th/13th Century.

The massive 80ft high cylindrical stone keep is a particularly noteworthy architectural feature. Pembroke was also the birth place of Henry Tudor in 1457, who became the future King Henry VII, first of the famous Tudor dynasty of English monarchs.

It was a particularly wet and grey day when we visited Pembroke Castle last October, so I’ve tried to work with that in the processing of the shots below, making them a little darker and more contrasty than I would normally.

Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

© Mark Simms Photography (2021)

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