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I have wanted to visit this place for ages, if only for the wonderful name.
St Oswald's Church stands on or near the site of the Battle of Heavenfield, which took place somewhere between 633 and 635AD (this period isn't called the Dark Ages for nothing...); Oswald's victory over Cadwallon of Gwynedd.
This was part of Oswald's campaign to establish Christianity in Northumbria (and also to re-establish his rule – he had been deposed some years previously, and had converted while in exile).
On the eve of the battle he had a wooden cross raised for his soldiers to pray before, the first cross to be erected in Northumbria. A large (much more recent) wooden cross by the roadside commemorates the story. V1 is a detail.
It's typical of a number of our older churches, built low and squat, rooted in the rock, defying the elements. It stands in a little walled churchyard in the middle of fields high above the valley. It has no electricity.
We visited twice in a week; the first time was mid-afternoon – not ideal, we rapidly realised that this is a place that needs morning light falling on the east wall. So we went back again a couple of days later, and that's when V1 and V2 were taken.
But our first visit coincided with that of the church organist who enlisted Bill's help with checking out a dodgy note.
Thanks for looking,

Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:22 Mar 2012 - 11:07 AM
Focal Length:26mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.1
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:2 Apr 2012 - 7:56 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Local history, Photo journalism
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Great set and very interesting info..Moira

NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 8:09 AM

I know this area very well, and the people who live and work their. This is a fantastic set of images, supported by a very interesting and informative narrative.

Regards Nathan

2 Apr 2012 - 8:45 AM

Excellent captures and description.


SlowSong e2 Member 64840 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 8:50 AM

Interesting story. Now why wasn't V3 uploaded for Silly Sunday? Grin

cats_123 e2 Member 104254 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 8:52 AM

that organ obviously needs some serious bellows work!! WinkGrinGrin

mrswoolybill Critique Team 8530 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 8:53 AM

Quote: Now why wasn't V3 uploaded for Silly Sunday?

Drat, I never thought of that - we could have had a caption competition...
Thanks early birds. Very little time on site today, we have to go into Newcastle on (non-photographic) business...
Have a good week.

WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41122 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 9:15 AM

Bit of a bum note!!

Love the images and history, we always seem to gravitate to these old churches when out and about in the countryside.


morpheus1955 e2 Member 8morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 9:28 AM

Superb set of images and fascinating write up.


helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 9:58 AM

V1 is a splendid composition and I'm glad that came first. v3 is definitely one worthy of a silly Saturday or Sunday upload and I like the idea of captions - the obvious one that comes to mind is "I've found the lost chord"

nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 10:00 AM

Excellents captures of remarkable compo V1 and V2, V3 is a great shot with a bit of fun. Hope you have a nice trip.

Last Modified By nonur at 2 Apr 2012 - 10:01 AM
danbrann e2 Member 10497 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 10:11 AM

Obviously a bum note Moira.

A nice collection from Heavenfield.

Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 10:43 AM

Looks an interesting place Moira, I enjoy visiting old churches despite not being of a religious disposition. Version one has something for me here, well composed and somehow poignant, and its always good when there is a sighting of the Lesser Spotted WoolybillSmile

Best Matt

mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 11:11 AM

What a splendid idea the caption competition would have been Moira.
We have had a ''bum note'',
but mines would have been,
''I did not know Bill played a wind instrument'' !!

Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 11:49 AM

V2 is my pick, although it is the most conventional of the lot. I love the history and the aging splendor of it.
V3 definitely has to have it's own day in the sunGrinGrinGrinGrin

TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 12:05 PM

A lovely set, Moira, and a very interesting story, too...think V2's my fave Wink
Trev Smile

reflectionsinlight e2 Member 2reflectionsinlight vcard England
2 Apr 2012 - 2:08 PM

a nice set like the split in v1

pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
2 Apr 2012 - 2:22 PM

loved the write up... & #3 Smile

pluckyfilly e2 Member 8319 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 2:42 PM

a dodgy note as in piano! not a written note! good set of images, nice blue sky which is good for the church picture - good detail in the arrangement set up on the tree

Last Modified By pluckyfilly at 2 Apr 2012 - 2:44 PM
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 2:57 PM

V1 is a beautiful image Moira. A very interesting write-up and great shots to see. V3, trust you to capture at the perfect moment..............Sandy

mrswoolybill Critique Team 8530 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 2:59 PM

OK I can take a hint, I've retrieved V3 from the scrap heap and it will get a Silly Sunday upload some time. I will try to dodge the woodwork behind Bill's head though...
Cheers, everyone.

taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 3:20 PM

Places this old just astonish--- would love to see this place!

ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 4:25 PM

Fascinating info for starters, Moira.

Good job going back a second time. The light (not to mention the sky) is ammmaaazing.

V3 is a superb candid Grin Beautiful organ too!


Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 4:44 PM

V1 & 2 are quite similar although man-years apart. I'm surprised that Bill was chosen to find a dodgy note? LOL.


pdcche e2 Member 4pdcche vcard United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 - 5:00 PM

Lovely set Moira with V1 being my favourite.. Peter

jonwebber e2 Member 6jonwebber vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 5:48 PM

Well recorded historical reminders, and, do organs of that ilk have reeds? I guess they must.

lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 6:12 PM

Ha haaaaaaa sorry Moira, but it just has to be V3 SmileSmileSmile

John Smile

twelvemegs e2 Member 4twelvemegs vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 7:08 PM

Excellent detail in these crisp images Moira.
V3, wondered what was going on, Glad you cleared that up. Grin


bliba e2 Member 9bliba vcard Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 7:31 PM

great write up and series

bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 8:01 PM

Great shot V3 one in a million Moira the others are crackers to .

jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
2 Apr 2012 - 8:16 PM

A lovely name indeed, and v1 an 2 represent that name so well


Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 8:51 PM

Good details and comp with V1 and 2. Certainly looks cold in that church be the look of the doggy note finders and his assitant
Regards Richard

LexEquine e2 Member 8LexEquine vcard United States19 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2012 - 6:59 PM

'Three technically superb, well togged, & artistically rendered Images,' Moira,...with v2, being my favorite, today~

~ Peter

brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2012 - 7:14 AM

Very beautiful capture, telling the story of transitoriness without words.

Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2012 - 4:58 PM

V2 is my favourite in this excellent set although I enjoyed viewing Bill tinkling the ivories

SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 8:43 PM

Love V2 - and I'm so glad you gave an explanation for V3 lol.

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