Posts tagged ‘Historic Properties’

Misty Cathedral

The top of the mighty Liverpool Anglican Cathedral semi-shrouded in a cold winter mist. It was a bleak image and so the decision to convert to mono wasn’t difficult.

Misty Cathedral

You may have noticed that I’ve made a few changes to my site – new colour scheme and a new brand image: matching logo, watermark and blavatar…..what do you think?

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Winter Church

There is something about churches and graveyards in the snow that I find particularly fascinating. I think it has something to do with those stereotypical Christmas card images that show churches nestled, all warm and cosy, in some idyllic English countryside landscape. Not that the three shots below would be suitable for a Christmas card – well perhaps the first one would – I think they are all too wintry and sombre for that.

Winter Church 1 Winter Church 2 Winter Church 3

Apparently there has been a church on this site since the 12th Century, and there is some evidence that there could have been one even earlier. The current church, St Bartholomew’s, was consecrated in 1886 by the Bishop of Chester (within whose Diocese it resides) and is a fine example of Victorian gothic-revival architecture. The church is built entirely of local sandstone.

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Blenheim Palace

I’m still catching up on photo shoots from 2012 that I didn’t get round to posting at the time.

For those of you that have been following my blog you will know that we visited Oxford for a few days back in September. On the way home we took the opportunity to call in at Blenheim Palace, just a few miles north of Oxford in the quaint village of Woodstock.

Blenheim markets itself as “Britain’s Greatest Palace” and it is easy to see why. The palace was a gift from Queen Anne to the 1st Duke of Marlborough following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. It is a masterpiece of the English Baroque style of architecture with parkland landscaped by the world-renowned “Capability” Brown. Winston Churchill, cousin of the 9th Duke, was born at Blenheim in 1874 and it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

As you can see from the images above, the day we visited was a perfect Summer day and as I’ve said before good weather is often the deciding factor for a successful day-trip in the UK. However Blenheim Palace is a truly magnificent stately home and I suspect would be well worth a visit whatever the weather. 

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York Minster

Last week we went to York for a few days for my birthday and not surprisingly the camera came along for the ride…;0).

No trip to York is complete without a visit to its magnificent Minster. Built between 1230 and 1470 AD, it is second only to Cologne in Germany as the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

The observant amongst you will no doubt have noticed that the majority of these shots are all of the Minster’s West Front. There are two reasons for this. First is that some other parts of the building (especially the east end) are undergoing a fairly major restoration and as such are completely covered in scaffolding and other building paraphernalia. Second, just as I was beginning to despair with the grey, drab and frankly miserable weather typical of mid-November in this part of the world, the clouds began to break-up just in time for the setting sun to bathe the west-end of the Cathedral in its warm late-Autumnal glow. I have to admit that I caught a bit of a break with the light on this occasion and that accounts entirely for the self-indulgent number of shots that I’ve posted on this one subject. However I could have easily posted three times this number…..so count yourself fortunate!!

Unfortunately getting lucky with an hour of lovely light was more than balanced by the disappointment of not being able to get inside the Minster for the whole three days we were there – it was closed for sightseeing because York University had taken over the venue for their 2012 graduation ceremonies…..bloody students…;0)

I’ve got a few more posts planned of our trip to York, so please watch out for those over the next few days.

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St George’s Hall

Built between 1842 and 1854, St George’s Hall is considered one of the finest examples of Neo-classical architecture in the world…..it is designated as Grade I listed. Scandalously it was allowed to fall into disuse and disrepair during the 1980’s, but thanks to a multi-million pound refurbishment it was re-opened in April 2007. It is now used for a variety of cultural, community, civic and corporate activities.

Without question it is one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings and stands at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter. It is certainly one of my favourites. However it does present the photographer with a bit of a problem…..its size is truly monumental. This coupled with the fact that it is surrounded by a number of other large and impressive buildings, streets, roundabouts and the general hustle and bustle of city life, makes trying to get a clean shot of the whole building virtually impossible.

The shots above were taken in two separate visits in October 2010 and July 2011…..that suggests to me that it’s about time I popped back for another crack at this architectural monster.

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