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Castle Park

A few images from Castle Park in Frodsham in Cheshire. The late 18th Century house that you can see below was built on the site of Frodsham Castle which burnt down in 1654. The house and surrounding gardens were donated to the town of Frodsham in 1933. They are now owned and maintained by the local council as a public park.

Castle Park, Frodsham, Cheshire, England

Castle Park, Frodsham, Cheshire, England

Castle Park, Frodsham, Cheshire, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2015)


Chatsworth House stands a few miles northeast of Bakewell on the banks of the river Derwent in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District. Due to its location and architectural magnificence it is affectionately known as “The Palace of the Peaks”.

It has been home to the Cavendish family for nearly 500 years and is the country seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.  

We visited Chatsworth for Mum’s birthday back in August 2012 and it must be the third or fourth time I’ve been during my lifetime – it never fails to impress.

One of the true highlights is the stunning collection of sculptures – particularly the truly remarkable “Veiled Vestal Virgin” by Raffaelle Monti (1818-1881) with its almost translucent marble carving of the veil itself…..the photograph above really doesn’t do it justice.

Incidentally the “Roman Foot” (which dates to the first or second century BC) is assumed to be part of a colossal statue of a Greek goddess which would have stood approximately 11m tall. 

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



Hope you all had a good Christmas and Santa brought you lots of lovely, photography related goodies…..;0)

The shots below were all taken back in July, but for whatever reason I never got round to posting them at the time… fact I’ve got three or four other photo-shoots from earlier in the year that I’ve yet to process but will try to get posted over the next week or two.

Althorp has been home to the Spencer family for nearly 500 years. Their most famous member is without question Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales who tragically died in somewhat controversial circumstances in Paris in 1997.

I wasn’t particularly happy on the day we visited Althorp…..quite simply because we shouldn’t have been there!!

We had travelled down to Northamptonshire the day before so that we could be up bright and early to visit the English Heritage Festival of History 2012 – the largest annual gathering of historical re-enactment societies in the UK. Before you ask, no I’m not a re-enactor myself! However I do like my history (especially the military variety) and have wanted to see and photograph this event for some years. Unfortunately, due to the days of very heavy rain leading up to the event (and a torrential downpour in the early morning of the first day) the river running through the site burst its banks and the organisers reluctantly decided to cancel at the very last-minute.

So there I was looking forward to taking photos of Roman soldiers, Vikings, Medieval jousting, canons and muskets etc……and what I got was Althorp! Now don’t get me wrong, I like visiting country houses and Althorp is a lovely example of one and well worth a visit…..but bricks and mortar don’t really cut-it when what I had envisaged was a day of little-boy, lost-childhood, toy-soldiering indulgence. So I’m afraid (and a little ashamed to say) that I was a tiny bit of a grumpy bunny on that day. I had disappointment etched on my face…..:0(.

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

P.S. Incidentally if you want proof that the rain had been particularly heavy in Northamptonshire….if you look at the shot above with Althorp reflected in the water…..well that water shouldn’t be there!! I think I’m correct in saying that 2012 has now been officially classified as the wettest in England since records began. Lets hope for a better 2013…..

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