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Another from Wardour Castle, this one showing more of the ruins at the back of the castle. I had a bit of a struggle with the distortion on this one and lost a bit too much foreground for my liking.

These substantial castle ruins typify the 'romantic relic', being preserved as a landscape feature in the grounds of the palladian mansion built by the Arundells in the 1770s. Old Wardour Castle remains today in this idyllic setting beside a lake, and surrounded by the gentle Wiltshire countryside.

Castles, traditionally thought of as powerful fortresses, were built primarily for protection until the 14th century, but from this time trends began to change. As more settled times were enjoyed, it was considered fashionable, rather than necessary, to build a castle along the lines of a comfortable residence with the means to provide lavish entertaining and accommodation for guests. Therefore, in 1393 Lord Lovel was granted a licence to crenellate his house and, with the help of a great medieval architect, began to create the unique design of Old Wardour Castle. As a veteran of the Hundred Years War, Lord Lovel may have been inspired by the chateaux in France, but certainly Old Wardour Castle was unparalleled in the whole of England. Based on a hexagonal plan, Old Wardour Castle has flanking towers to the entrance, and a small hexagonal courtyard in the centre of the building containing a well.


Thanks as always for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.

Regards - Sarah x

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Title:Wardour Castle II
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:14 Apr 2008 - 1:09 PM
Tags:Architecture, Castle, English heritage, Tisbury, Wardour castle, Wiltshire
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graeme34
graeme34  7 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 - 1:19 PM

Love the detail and light

graeme

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Rylands
Rylands  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 2:08 PM

Superb image Sezzy yet again! I love the condensed history you provide with your images - do you teach history or is it a hobby?

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robway
robway e2 Member 9317 forum postsrobway vcard Wales
14 Apr 2008 - 2:10 PM

Fantastic building with great shapes and textures in wonderful setting. The capture and presentation is superb.
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Wooly
Wooly  8112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 2:12 PM

Another excellent image and description Sarah.

Alan

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User_Removed
14 Apr 2008 - 2:17 PM

Excellent comp and use of the light, great work. Thanks for the imfo, very interesting

Mark

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 2:19 PM

Thanks gentlemen!
Ray - it's just a hobby, I like to find out the history behind the places I visit, helps me to imagine what things would of been like back in a time when these buildings would of been so impressive.

Sarah x

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G73photography
14 Apr 2008 - 2:40 PM

i like the sky but i think the work on the ruins look a bit overdone and dont really go with the sky, G

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 - 2:42 PM

Great shot and nice write up
john

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VintageRed
14 Apr 2008 - 4:06 PM

It has impact Sarah but tend to agree with you re: the f.g.
Nick

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paulb20
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14 Apr 2008 - 4:49 PM

Like the detail and textures in this Sarah.
paul

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 6:26 PM

Another great shot Sez, and wonderful history, and another bloke getting into the picture!

All the best to you and yours,

John Smile

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bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 - 6:29 PM

Super work this

John

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PatrickSmith
14 Apr 2008 - 6:54 PM

It's a great escape to read this in the middle of a busy day. Even though the reality of those times would make me think twice about escaping for real if it were possible. Pointing upwards can result in some difficult processing, but nice job handling the distortion. Sometimes you have to go wider than you expect.

Patrick

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 7:00 PM

Nice detail and perspective.
Ty

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GalleryGirl
14 Apr 2008 - 7:51 PM

Lovely capture and colours.
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chrissd
chrissd  8304 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 - 8:07 PM

great shot and timing Smile
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dathersmith
14 Apr 2008 - 8:17 PM

A great capture Sarah, nice detail and light.

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 746 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
14 Apr 2008 - 8:41 PM

Beautiful capture Sarah fantastic light

Dave

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 9:30 PM

A fine shot of this old ruined castle and an interesting write up to go with it

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Goggz
Goggz e2 Member 72301 forum postsGoggz vcard Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 9:49 PM

Neatly undistorted Smile
Looks like a place to spend some time getting to know...

Cheers, Goggz

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User_Removed
14 Apr 2008 - 10:11 PM

all been said Sarah, great work

rgds
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GaryBooth
GaryBooth  734 forum posts England
14 Apr 2008 - 11:15 PM


Quote: All been said Sarah, great work

rgds
Dave

Excellent work

Gary

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 11:39 PM

Thanks everyone, your comments and votes are really appreciated!

Sara x

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 4:52 PM

Wonderful tonal range across the whole series.

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15 Apr 2008 - 8:47 PM

This is a great shot

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csr  7 England
15 Apr 2008 - 9:54 PM

Sory I've missed everbodies pictures have not been on site for a long time. Due to working long hours at work and home.And problems with new camera (40D) can't open raw images yet't Jpeg only. Nice one looks great
Chris

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15 Apr 2008 - 10:27 PM

Wonderful sky, textures and detail Sarah.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 10:47 PM

Bernie, Steve, Chris and Nigel - thanks for your time, I appreciate your comments very much.

Sarah x

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18 Apr 2008 - 10:41 PM

Great composition, colour and detail.
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