E.J.Wilkins

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Christchurch


The Castle


It's beneath the + - here -

There are two buildings that comprise the ruins of the castle, this one the Keep, the other is the Constable's House which you can see tomorrow.

The castle was originally built as a defensive mound topped with a wooden tower at the time of the Norman Conquest, this is all that remains of the stone keep which was built towards the end of the 12th century.

An article (well worth reading in full) on the - Christchurch Local History Society - web site says :-

...the Civil War saw Christchurch Castle still in military use. It withstood a close siege in January 1645. After the war it was slighted and walls pulled down to avoid its reoccupation by Royalist supporters. Hence the castle had military potential for some 600 years and the site has survived for over 900 years.

That's why there is so little left, which is a pity.

Taken last week, this is almost he only bit of blue sky I've seen for weeks, it lasted a very few minutes.

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Christchurch


The Castle


It's beneath the + - here -

There are two buildings that comprise the ruins of the castle, this one the Keep, the other is the Constable's House which you can see tomorrow.

The castle was originally built as a defensive mound topped with a wooden tower at the time of the Norman Conquest, this is all that remains of the stone keep which was built towards the end of the 12th century.

An article (well worth reading in full) on the - Christchurch Local History Society - web site says :-

...the Civil War saw Christchurch Castle still in military use. It withstood a close siege in January 1645. After the war it was slighted and walls pulled down to avoid its reoccupation by Royalist supporters. Hence the castle had military potential for some 600 years and the site has survived for over 900 years.

That's why there is so little left, which is a pity.

Taken last week, this is almost he only bit of blue sky I've seen for weeks, it lasted a very few minutes.

.....
If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

comments (18)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 3 Jul 2007, 02:36
The stonework astounds me, Ellie. It always does on these old structures. So glad you got some blue sky for long enough to capture!
EJWilkins: Thank you Ginnie. I've got a lot to learn when it comes to taking pictures of buildings, I'm absorbing a lot from looking at other people's pictures, yours included smile
I like this shot. The way the shape of the land and clouds seem to echo the broken rock, and that little wee crescent moon off to the left.
EJWilkins: I tried hard to get the right angle to include the moon, so I'm glad you noticed it smile
A beautiful arch and I like how the moon is up and caught in the shot. I always love the background you post with your photos smile It's great having the context all the time!~ smile
EJWilkins: I tried to include the moon in the shot, so I'm glad you noticed. Took a little bit of rummaging around to find something about the castle, the local history site seemed the best of all because they're truly interested in their home area. smile
  • Kay
  • 3 Jul 2007, 04:14
Ellie, this is a great angle of view. It really adds power to the keep, as it should. Very sacred stones.
EJWilkins: The slope up is really steep, I couldn't imagine trying to climb it wearing any sort of armour and also carrying heavy weapons. Thanks Kay
  • xavi
  • Barcelona
  • 3 Jul 2007, 06:47
Wooowwww, it's incredible.... great shot
EJWilkins: Woopee, glad you like it smile
Well done, Ellie - you did well to capture the blue sky. lol! (;o)

The photograph is excellent. I took virtually the same shot myself, but with the dreaded `white` sky. Even dark brooding clouds would be preferable. (:o)
EJWilkins: Errm, almost all the others I took had the 'white sky', it's isn't easy to get any decent pictures there, there's nothing like enough room around the place and with the weather changing so quickly I wasn't going to start changing lenses.
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 3 Jul 2007, 08:24
Just love old castles and their history, good shot, like the angle of view.
EJWilkins: Glad you like it Les, I thought it was about time I tried to take some pictures of places, not something I do very often smile
I like the angle in this and the hint of crescent moon makes it perfect. All the best, Dave.
EJWilkins: Thank you David. I tried to get the moon into the shot, I thought it added a 'little bit' although I'm not sure what. smile
  • johnnyg
  • in and around Liverpool Street
  • 3 Jul 2007, 10:29
Blue sky yes, has it stopped raining then ? Love the angle and the topic.
EJWilkins: Didn't stop raining for very long, and it's hardly stopped since. sad I thought I'd share a bit more of 'round here', gives a better impression of the area than flowers and ponies wink
Lovely Ellie - I find structures like this fascinating.
EJWilkins: You're very definitely a building person Bernie, so I'm even more than a little pleased you like this picture smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Jul 2007, 11:10
Wonderfully dramatic shot, Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Ray, tried to find a way of showing how strong it was, even though there's only a tiny bit of the castle left standing smile
  • Chad
  • 3 Jul 2007, 11:36
This is weighty and powerful. You seem to like the drama (as do I) that photography can bring. The image lends this aged and broken building dignity.
EJWilkins: I think you're right about the drama thing, I was trying to show how strong the building was even though there are only tiny parts of it still standing. But, I'm only beginning to learn with 'places' pictures, which for me is a lot harder than taking pictures of flowers and wildlife.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Jul 2007, 13:54
Great timing with the blue skies. Lovely texture of the walls. I just think the the little verge of grass in the foreground is too slight. If you could have zoomed out to allow more of the grass?

Goods shot and post.
EJWilkins: I did manage to get a couple with a little more grass, but missed the moon and also got the foul glaring sky, then it all clouded over again.
It must have taken some labour to build this things. The stone works/bricks are amazing.
EJWilkins: You're right, but they took a couple of hundred years to get round to replacing the wooden one, so they took their time wink
Ellie, i like the angle from which you have taken the snap.
EJWilkins: Glad you like it Sarthak, thanks smile
Impressive building - or it would have been when it was built! Nice angle Ellie, captures the strength of the building. My father was born in Christchurch - yet it is somewhere I have never visited. David.
EJWilkins: Well, if you ever find yourself down here just yell and I'll show you round. My ancestors came from your neck of the woods, although waaaaay back wink
I think it's a pity that Cromwell's cronies took their revenge on the keep, it must have been quite substantial to withstand any sort of siege that long after it was built.
I'm always amazed with these old walls - So large !
Perfect composition once again !
In my monitor I see the a little dark image, but fortune teller wonderful ruins!

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