E.J.Wilkins

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Wantage Hall quad


The quad at Wantage Hall, Reading University.

The hall of residence was built in 1908. The building to the left, with the tall window, houses the Dining Hall, which resembles something out of Hogwarts.
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Wantage Hall quad


The quad at Wantage Hall, Reading University.

The hall of residence was built in 1908. The building to the left, with the tall window, houses the Dining Hall, which resembles something out of Hogwarts.
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comments (13)

Looks like a photo that surely should be in their advertising brochures.
EJWilkins: That's optimistic, I'm sure there are plenty of similar pictures around
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Oct 2008, 03:19
Beautiful place.
Your depiction is about perfect, Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Ray, I was lucky with the weather too
A lovely composition, Ellie, which has added interest with the figure.,
EJWilkins: Yes, it was difficult not to include people, I just tried to make sure they weren't too obvious.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 3 Oct 2008, 08:58
Good photo I like the chimmnies stacks
EJWilkins: The chimneys are quite something really aren't they, a good feature of the buildings
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 3 Oct 2008, 11:20
When it opened I thought it was one of the halls in Cambridge.
Lovely image Ellie.
EJWilkins: Close! From what I can find out the University had links with Christ Church Oxford, although I'm not sure if the founder of this Hall had any particular loyalties.
good wide angled view
EJWilkins: Judiciously cropped from a landscape, there was originally too much foreground. Glad it worked OK
That's lovely Ellie: I think brick can be so agreeable. These patterned buildings I would take to be Edwardian
EJWilkins: I absolutely agree with you about the patterns, but the design seems much more Victorian - which is when it was probably designed.
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Oct 2008, 12:44
lovely colours and a nice point of view
EJWilkins: They're such gorgeous warm colours, something special about the bricks they used
Although this is Edwardian I'm guessing it is Victorian in design. Sort of Jacobean I guess. Lovely building Ellie
EJWilkins: I agree with you Bill, these buildings match so many characteristics of Victorian architecture, the Edwardians were the ones that like bigger windows. So I too think it was designed Victorian, the Edwardian is an accident of dates and probably only relevant to when it was officially opened. I have no idea how long it would have taken to build the complex.
I agree with Aussie, this could so easily be Cambridge, and one of the college quadrangles. I come from just down the road from there and know it quite well. Nicely composed photograph.
EJWilkins: I think the design is very much based on the idea of Oxbridge colleges, and it works too, gives a feeling of belonging and intimacy which is really nice
The other pix of this place were interesting, but this is beautiful. Oh, what a place for the photographer - so much to see and so much detail. ( hope you took a lot of photos, Ellie.
EJWilkins: Umm, no, I didn't take very many because I didn't have time, but I hope to get back there again with my camera. It's a gem of a place.
  • Alan
  • Vancouver Airport
  • 3 Oct 2008, 23:28
Do you have a family here, Ellie? I always thought Reading University was red brick. Yes I know this built from red bricks but I mean red brick as in new! The girl gives this good scale.
EJWilkins: According to Wikipedia ... "Established in 1892, receiving its Royal Charter in 1926" ... It's also included in the Wikipedia article about the redbricks which according to them date from 1900 - 1963, so you're right, it's relatively new, but not as new as some of the more recent Universities that were previously polytechnics etc.
Yes to the other question too wink
Very unusual in France to see this kind of architecture, interresting and well done !

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