Posts tagged ‘Tudor’

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)

Bramall Hall

To celebrate Mum’s birthday, the weekend before last we went to Bramall Hall in Stockport.

Bramall Hall is a magnificent example of a Tudor black and white timber-framed manor house. The earliest parts of the building are actually pre-Tudor and date back to the 14th Century. However the bulk of the house is 16th Century, with 19th Century Victorian additions.

Like with many historic properties in the UK, taking photographs indoors is strictly prohibited, so unfortunately I only have exterior shots to share. This is a shame because Bramall is home to some lovely and quite well-preserved painted wall decorations from the Tudor era. If you’re ever in the vicinity then I highly recommend a visit and I would definitely join the guided tour, it really was excellent and is included as part of the entrance fee.

For those of you who watched the first season of the excellent BBC comedy drama “Last Tango in Halifax“, you may recognise Bramall as one of the locations that they used. Hopefully it will also feature in the planned second series as well.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

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