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An image which I captured a little while ago, and one which can be found on my website.

Cooling Castle was built in the 1380s by John Cobham on the edge of marshes at Cooling, six miles north of Rochester, Kent. It is now about two miles inland. It was besieged by Thomas Wyatt the younger during Wyatt's rebellion in 1554; Lord Cobham surrendered after a brief resistance. Though he claimed to have surrendered to superior force, he had previously sympathized with Wyatt's cause, and he was briefly imprisoned for his role in the affair. The castle has also been the property of the Lollard leader John Oldcastle – executed for his beliefs, and later the source for Shakespeare's Falstaff – through his marriage to Joan Oldcastell, 4th Baroness Cobham.

During the 1990s, the property was owned by the Rochester bridge wardens. The more recent residential parts of the castle are still in use – as of 2006 it is owned by musician Jools Holland. The main part of the castle is in ruins with a private house inside. The gatehouse is in good condition and can be seen from the road.

The castle was put on the English Heritage "Heritage at Risk" register in 2009

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Tamron SP 10-24mm1:3.5-4.5 Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jun 2013 - 9:45 AM
Focal Length:17mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Cooling Castle 'n' Cart
Username:NDODS NDODS
Uploaded:5 Jul 2013 - 10:13 AM
Tags:Architecture, Cart, Castle, Historical
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digital_boi
5 Jul 2013 - 10:16 AM

well composed here Nathan with an excellent sky to pull the shot nicely together

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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5 Jul 2013 - 10:26 AM

Love the detail and composition Nathan, super image,
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HarrietH
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5 Jul 2013 - 10:29 AM

I really like this and thank you for giving the history. Jools Holland eh?

Harriet

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NaturesHaven
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5 Jul 2013 - 10:39 AM

Great info............GrinGrinGrin

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5 Jul 2013 - 10:41 AM

Excellent composition

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morpheus1955
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5 Jul 2013 - 10:59 AM

Fantastic shot Nathan, excellent composition, I love the cart in the fg, fascinating write up too

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CarolG
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5 Jul 2013 - 11:07 AM

A grand composition, Nathan, well captured and documented. Carol

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Tish1
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5 Jul 2013 - 11:25 AM

Thanks for the brilliant write up, the name rang a bell and then when you said it was currently owned by Jools Holland I knew why. A magic composition, everything is in context and very sharp to boot.

Tish

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brian17302
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5 Jul 2013 - 11:30 AM

Well composed image & good narrative
Brian

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nonur
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5 Jul 2013 - 11:33 AM

Great info, wonderful compo, colours and textures, Nathan.

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 - 11:56 AM

Great image

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SUE118
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5 Jul 2013 - 12:18 PM

Super shot and a very interesting write up.

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cats_123
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5 Jul 2013 - 12:36 PM

that's a novel way to hide the missing half of a turret WinkGrinGrinGrinGrin

have you tried Photoshop? WinkBlushBlushBlushBlush

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WhiteRose1
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5 Jul 2013 - 12:53 PM

The cart's a bit of a MOT failure methinks Grin Strong composition and colours, Nathan. Lots of shapes, shadows and textures sandwiched between a vibrant blue and green.

Dave

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Caziwinkles
5 Jul 2013 - 1:00 PM

Excellent colours, composition and textures here Nathan - lovely image. Smile

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Mrsbass
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5 Jul 2013 - 1:11 PM

Great shot with such a beautiful blue sky Nathan, a good combination of textures and composition.

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bobhowell
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5 Jul 2013 - 1:35 PM

Great history information Nathan and brilliant photo

Bob

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TrevBatWCC
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5 Jul 2013 - 1:42 PM

A very interesting story, Nathan, and a super bit of photography here, the detail, tones and textures in the cart especially being picked out very well Wink
Trev Smile

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Daisymaye
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5 Jul 2013 - 2:12 PM

Interesting info and a well composed image. .......Sandy

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LynneJoyce
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5 Jul 2013 - 2:12 PM

Super image Nathan, well composed and taken but was the sky really so blue? The best we ever get is much less saturated than that

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CaroleS
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5 Jul 2013 - 3:30 PM

Such a strong composition, well captured.

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 - 3:33 PM

An image with a strong sense of the medieval, Nathan.

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debu
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5 Jul 2013 - 3:53 PM

Lovely image.
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franken
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5 Jul 2013 - 4:33 PM

Lovely sky and well composed Nathan.

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Lillian
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5 Jul 2013 - 5:22 PM

I think that the sky has added the extra drama to this Nathan
Very informative info
Lillian

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netta1234
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5 Jul 2013 - 5:40 PM

Fantastic imageSmileSmileSmileSmile
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tonyguitar
5 Jul 2013 - 5:48 PM

Cheery bright day and beautiful not very common rock texture. Before I read your so interesting framework about this image, my instant thought was this may have been the cart used to collect bodies during the black plague. A dark thought I admit but images like this are thought provoking. Light or dark, this is still a delight to see. TG

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chrissie3
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5 Jul 2013 - 5:58 PM

Excellent! I love the composition and colours. And your website is great!!

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ali63
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5 Jul 2013 - 6:52 PM

Great POV , super image,

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5 Jul 2013 - 6:56 PM

Superb detail Nathan. A photographers photograph.

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tonyguitar
5 Jul 2013 - 7:05 PM

Yes, Nathan, I spent too much time on your website but enjoyed every minute and all the insight about your new location. Surprising all the super bird images you managed. "So Bert, how's that leg of yours lately?"...made me laugh out loud. Hope they put the airport in a less sensitive place. TG

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5 Jul 2013 - 7:21 PM

There's an almost medieval feel to this one, Nathan: nice combination of elements.
Ronnie.

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rayme330
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5 Jul 2013 - 7:23 PM

Good pov and lots of textures, nice one Nathan.

Ray

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5 Jul 2013 - 7:41 PM

Cracking shot Nathan. I notice the group on here called Photography for the disabled has two members, your good self an me. I thought they would be lots more?

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5 Jul 2013 - 7:41 PM

If it's good enough for Jools it good enough fro me!
A beautifully composed image with a heaven sent sky.
Congratulations on your website - great work Nathan.
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6 Jul 2013 - 2:29 AM

A great composition with good angle and magic colour plus top detail.
Well done Nathan. WesternRed.

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  1 Russian Federation
6 Jul 2013 - 7:31 AM

Cooling Castle was built in the 1380s.... I probably was not born then, it seems ...WinkLol
Great work NathanSmile
Regards Valery

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6 Jul 2013 - 7:41 AM

Love the title to this very well composed shot Nathan. Excellent dof too. Great subject matter.

John Smile

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6 Jul 2013 - 9:09 AM

Very interesting info, Nathan, and VERY beautiful image. The light and colour are stunning...and that's a fabulous angle from which you've taken this.

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6 Jul 2013 - 2:23 PM

A great image Nathan,Smile I know Cooling Castle well it is not far from me..


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6 Jul 2013 - 5:23 PM

Excellent composition and wonderful work , Nathan..........Grin

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6 Jul 2013 - 10:19 PM

Wonderful pov and composition, nice work, Nathan.
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8 Jul 2013 - 3:47 AM

What a delight! A good subject and a little rust and grot! Grin Tongue
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DaveTurner
15 Jul 2013 - 7:24 PM

Very vibrant image. Do they still have a studio here or is it long gone?

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