Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Houses

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Poplar Row, Darley Abbey, Derbyshire

Much sort after property with big price tags…that may be the case today but these terraced houses and there neighbours had a very humble beginning.

They were built for Mill Workers in the nearby Mill Darley Cotton Mill complex.  The mill dates back to the 1700’s and the houses above are just some of about 130 houses of various sizes and style built by the mill owners, the Evans Family. Over about 50 years they built in effect a factory village complete with school and the usual village amenities.

Look at the top floor and the row of windows…shorter than the lower floors.  Invariably in these workers houses that top floor was one long work room, often for weaving and spinning.

Not all the houses were as large and that variety adds some extra charm to the village. But the majority are in the terrace style…

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Darley Mills, like most of the mills of that era required a guaranteed supply source of water. Darley Mills is just one mill complex built alongside Derbyshire’s River Derwent. Darley Mills is part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley World Heritage Site.

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Darley Mills and the River Derwent, Derby

World Heritage status has attracted many visitors but don’t rush to explore the interior.  Darley Mills has not been a working mill for many years and has had a reincarnation as a business complex for many smaller companies. There is a Restaurant and a Wedding Venue but otherwise todays businesses range from Insurance Companies, Martial Arts Studios, Tool and Pattern Makers and Motor Engineering specialist.

I hope you like my suggestion for this weeks B&W Photo Challenge.

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You can see what others have suggested on this link:-

https://ceenphotography.com/2017/12/07/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-houses-2/

8th December

(C) David Oakes 2017

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WP Weekly Photo Challenge…… Peek

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 Peep Hole

A very solid Oak door designed to keep out intruders…… an Iron Spy hole allows visitors to be safely vetted by taking a ‘Peek’

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Just a suggestion for this weeks WP Photo Challenge – Peek.

You can see what others have suggested on this link :-  https://angelafurtadophotography.com/2017/11/02/weekly-photo-challenge-peek/

The Doorway above is at Vale Crucis Abbey, Wales

2nd November

(C) David Oakes 2017

Silent Sunday….a Time to Relax

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Sunday for many of us is a time to relax and put our feet up (well maybe not everyone and maybe not every weekend).  As the weather forecast for today is not that promising I guess a pot of coffee, some relaxing music on the CD player and a good book may just be the solution.

Sadly my Library of books is not as old, interesting and lavish as the Family Library at Alnwick Castle….  Oh for the chance to explore these shelves.

3rd September

(C) David Oakes 2017

 

Silent Sunday…..So Off to Church

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Valle Crucis Abbey, Llantysilio, Wales

Not really a Church this weekend but an Abbey. It is Valle Crusis Abbey and can be found in a deep sheltered valley at Llantysilio near to Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales.

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Built circa 1201 under the instruction and sponsorship of Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor the Prince of Powys Fadog it was a Cistercian Monastery.  For much of its working life the Abbey was prosperous and productive agriculture centre and the main occupation of the inhabitants who numbered maybe a couple of hundred at its height.  It survived the bitter and bloody Welsh Wars of the 13century and later the Abbey also enjoyed a reputation for a welcoming hospitality for travellers and the needy.

Its downfall was in 1537 and the Dissolution of the Monasteries on the order of Henry VIII.  After that it became and remains a ruin (though part of the Chapter House was later converted for a time to  Manor House).

We are lucky that the main structure still survives which allows us to gain a true feeling of the original size of  Valle Crucis as well as much of the detailed stone Tracery, Vaulting and Corbelling. The Abbey is now well cared for by CADW the Welsh Heritage Organisation with a rather good exhibition centre telling the story of Valle Crucis.

 

27th August

(C) David Oakes 2017