Posts tagged ‘Chapel’

Drum Castle

Drum Castle has been the ancestral home of the Irvine clan for over 650 years. In fact the estate lands were awarded to William de Irwin in 1323 by none other than King Robert the Bruce himself.

This particular castle was one of the main reasons why we wanted to visit Aberdeenshire in the first place……my wife is an Irvine and she wanted to see the family seat. I say “family” because although Liz was born and bred in England (along with her parents and grandparents) her great-grandparents were Scottish and came from the area around Forfar……only about an hour or so south of Drum Castle. Therefore, although we don’t know for sure, it certainly isn’t beyond the realm of possibility that Liz is related somewhere along the line to the Irvines of Drum.

Based on such solid ancestral connections, we did ask the National Trust for Scotland (who now own the castle and estate) whether we could have it back! After much laughter and a polite decline, they did allow Liz to sign the Irvine family visitor book instead…… all was well.

The final shot in the set below is of the Irvine family chapel. Liz has been planning this as a wedding venue for her nieces and nephews ever since we got back…..whether they like it or not ;0). 

Castle Drum, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Castle Drum, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Castle Drum, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Castle Drum, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Castle Drum, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

© Mark Simms Photography (2016)

Lichfield Cathedral 11

Lichfield Cathedral is home to the Staffordshire Regimental Chapel with its magnificent display of old colours and battle honours from the Crimean War, Second Sikh War, Second Burmese War, Persian War, Indian Mutiny, Zulu War and both World Wars:

Lichfield Cathedral 19

Lichfield Cathedral 20

Lichfield Cathedral 21

Lichfield Cathedral 22

The lineage of regiments serving in the British army can be quite long and involved with various reorganisations and re-namings taking place overtime. Pre-1751 regiments were known after their founding Colonel, after that each regiment was given a number and in 1782 these were formally associated with an individual county. For example, “Colonel Lillingston’s Regiment” founded in 1705 became the 38th regiment of foot in 1751 and the “1st Staffordshire’s” in 1782. In that year there was a second regiment associated with the county as well – the “2nd Staffordshire’s” (or 64th regiment of foot founded in 1756). In 1793 the 80th regiment of foot or “Staffordshire Volunteers” were founded and in 1824 the 98th regiment of foot known as the “Prince of Wales’s”.

The Cardwell Reforms of 1881 saw each regiment associated with a geographical location and comprising two battalions. So for Staffordshire this meant that the 38th and 80th regiments of foot were amalgamated into the “South Staffordshire Regiment” and the 64th and 98th regiments of foot were formed into the “Prince of Wales’s (North Staffordshire) Regiment”. The latter had its name changed to the “North Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s)” in 1921. In 1959 these were combined into the “Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales’s)” and in 2007 brought together with the “Cheshire Regiment”, “Worcestershire Regiment” and “Sherwood Foresters” into the “Mercian Regiment”.

Although I wasn’t born in Staffordshire (I’m a Cheshire lad) my parents were, and most of my remaining extended family still live in that County. My great-grandfather, Bartholomew Shryhane, served in the North Staffordshire Regiment during the First World War. Seeing action at Gallipoli, he reached the rank of Sergeant, before being discharged to Z Class Army Reserve on 11th November 1919. As a survivor of the Great War, I guess you could argue that he was one of the lucky ones……..although I can’t imagine that many soldiers returning home from that conflict would have seen it that way.

This is my last post on Lichfield Cathedral……it seems like a fitting place to end.

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

The Beauchamp Chapel

If Medieval tombs and effigies aren’t your thing, then the rest of this post probably isn’t for you……;0).

The Beauchamp Chapel (more formerly known as the Chapel of Our Lady) was built in the 15th Century to house the tomb of Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick (1382-1489) one of the most powerful political and military figures of his age. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of a Medieval chapel in England. Richard’s tomb can be seen in shots 7, 8 & 9 below.

From a photography perspective, the tomb I like the most (mainly because of the beautiful way in which the light fell upon its surface) is that of Ambrose Dudley, 3rd Earl of Warwick (1530-1590) and elder brother of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester and favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. Ambrose’s tomb can be seen in shots 2 to 6 above. The chapel as a whole is covered in shots 1 and 2.

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

Italian Chapel

The Italian Chapel on the small island of Lambholm, is without doubt one of the quirkier historic attractions that Orkney has to offer. It dates back to World War II, when a few hundred Italian prisoners of war, captured during the North African campaign, were sent to Orkney to work on the Churchill Barriers – a series of massive concrete causeways designed to protect Scapa Flow from German U-boat attacks from the North Sea.

The Chapel itself is constructed from two Nissen huts placed end to end and joined together, but thanks to the creative genius of the Italian PoWs, especially Domenico Chiocchetti, the mundane huts were transformed over time in to something considerably more beautiful.

Italian Chapel 1 Italian Chapel 2 Italian Chapel 3 Italian Chapel 4

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

Oxford 2 – Exeter College

Exeter College founded in 1314 by Walter de Stapeldon, Bishop of Exeter, is the fourth oldest of Oxford’s 38 colleges. It was the first of three that we visited during our trip, the others being Christ Church and Magdalen which I’ll post on separately.

The layout of Exeter college is fairly typical of all the others founded in the pre-Victorian era. That is to say that the main buildings (gatehouse, Porter’s Lodge, chapel, hall and residential rooms for both staff and students) are arranged around a quadrangle or “quad”.

Of all these buildings (examples of which are common to virtually all Oxford colleges) my favourite has to be the beautiful present chapel. Designed by the renowned architect George Gilbert Scott in the 1850’s it is a wonderful example of the Gothic Revival style of architecture, with a particularly fine set of stained glass windows.

Exeter has the distinction of being the first Oxford College to elect a female Rector, Professor Marilyn Butler in 1992…..not bad when you consider that women undergraduates were only admitted to Oxford for the first time from 1979!!

Arguably, Exeter’s most famous former student was J.R.R. Tolkein, author of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord Of The Rings”, who gained a First in English in 1915.

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2012). All rights reserved.

Haddon Hall – Part 3

Here are the last two shots that I’m going to post of our trip to Haddon Hall. Both of these were taken in the lovely 15th Century chapel. I had to compensate for hand-holding the camera in low, dingy light by increasing the ISO to 1600 – not ideal, but I still like the results.

Marble effigy of Lord Haddon

The marble effigy of Robert Charles John Manners, son of the 8th Duke of Rutland, who died in 1894, aged 9 – is a very poignant subject. The decision to convert to black and white and increase the contrast has worked well I think (the white marble effigy against the grey stone of the chapel walls was a monotone scene anyway) and adds to the sombre nature of the subject and setting.

The altar screen

The second is a detail shot of the centre panel of the reredos – the alabaster alter screen. I love the quirky expressions on the faces of the various characters and the now faded, worn colours must have looked stunning once upon a time.

I hope you like them…..!!


Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2012). All rights reserved.

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