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Allington Castle

By jujupops
Hiya All,

Firstly, sorry that I have only been able to click on your photos, work has been so busy, and have been working really long hours Sad

These two photos are of Allington Castle. It is close to my home, and a part of a beautiful walk along the towpath of The River Medway. I sincerely hope you like them. I took these in May and V2 is kind of my favourite. I deliberately took the shot with the sprigs of the trees in the foreground, which I think makes the bridge look a little more mysterious and magical!!

Allington Castle is a stone built moated castle just North of Maidstone, Kent. The Castle is a Grade 1 Listed Building. Much of the stonework was laid in an intricate herringbone pattern, which is still visible today. It was the birthplace of the Rebel Leader Thomas Wyatt in 1521. Towards the end of the 16th Century, whilst under the ownership of the Wyatt Family, the Castle was badly damaged by fire. It remained largely derelict until 1905 when it was restored by Sir Martin Conway. In 1951 the Castle became home to a Convent of the Order of Carmelites.

The Castle is currently the private residence of psephologist, (I think this is someone who studies past elections?!) Sir Robert Worcester and Lady Worcester. Sadly, the Castle is not open to the public.

The Castle has been used to film various exterior scenes from the famous series in the 1970's "Colditz".

Thank you for looking, and for your generous clicks and comments on my last upload.

Hope you are having a good weekend,

Best regards
Julie Grin

Tags: Kent Castle Architecture Allington Maidtone

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debu 11 India
27 Nov 2010 11:24PM
Two lovely images.
cantona43 15 928 4 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2010 11:35PM
I like them both Julie, stunning shots with superb colour,detail and textures and very well documented too
Sezz 16 619 15 England
27 Nov 2010 11:40PM
It's such a shame that this castle is closed to the public, i've walked the walk Smile quite a few times and always wanted to find out more about this place! I like both images Julie, perfhaps V2 slightly more, just liking the light catching the leaves and the feeling of wanting to find out what eles can be found beyond that bridge - lovely work from you!

Sarah *
27 Nov 2010 11:53PM
Thanks for your lovely comments.... I know what you mean Sarah, it's quite a mysterious, sort of secretive place, and it makes me want to explore, mind you, not easy from the other side of the river!! lol Grin
Julie x x
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2010 11:59PM
nice work I particularly like the light through the leaves in v2

Sezz 16 619 15 England
28 Nov 2010 12:01AM
Indeed Julie - good though that there's another wonderful piece of local architecture near by to drown our 'tog' sorrows in - the Malta Wink

Carrie_1 11 2 6 Wales
28 Nov 2010 12:11AM
Lovely images especially V2
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
28 Nov 2010 5:11AM
Two excellent shots, Julie, with V 2 being superb IMHO.
BERTRAM 13 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2010 9:46AM
Two super shots, with fantastic info.
EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
28 Nov 2010 2:01PM
Both quite different from each other and both appeal. Love the composition in V1 - I think it perhaps conveys the air of mystery slightly better to me. The light in V2 is beautiful and the composition likewise. Have to share my vote between them. Nothing left over other than a "Thank You" for the very interesting info too!

cassiecat 13 39 46 England
28 Nov 2010 2:17PM
like the light in v2. have done a mod of v1. justed used distort to pull out the top right edge to straighten the tower, and used nik filters to add colour and contrast but reduced the opacity of that filter.lesley
28 Nov 2010 2:33PM
Thanks to all for your lovely comments and for taking the time to look, and thanks to Lesley (cassiecat) for the mod - I love it! Grin
Julie x x
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2420 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2010 3:53PM
V2 is the more interesting composition, the light through the leaves is beautiful. I'd rather see less heavy vignetting but I guess you're getting tuition from John!
28 Nov 2010 5:31PM
LOL Moira! I'd like to blame John, looking at it, I can see what you mean, less would probably be more. Thanks for looking and commenting Grin We are looking to come up to Whitby next year, hopefully if we make it we can meet up with you and Bill Grin
Julie x
NeilWigan Plus
10 17 16 England
28 Nov 2010 7:29PM
good composition in both shots,good overall feeling to the photos with V2 being our choice.
mishu78 11 Canada
28 Nov 2010 10:08PM
Great images! V1 for me
28 Nov 2010 10:42PM
Fabulous images Julie, wonderful write up.
andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2010 11:23PM
two cracking captures julie wonderful detail and colours v2 for me tonight a beauty Wink
Trout_Man 12 1 30 Wales
28 Nov 2010 11:46PM
Two very nice captures, like the processing Smile Geoff.
Rock 19 10 2 England
29 Nov 2010 8:51AM
Great presentation.

29 Nov 2010 10:17AM
Brilliant set. Great job.
Regards, Oleg.
Porthos 11 80 1 Northern Ireland
30 Nov 2010 3:04PM
Your lighting gives both shots a nice mysterous feel to them.....Derek
30 Nov 2010 9:49PM
Two lovely shot nice light in both.
tashi 10 2
3 Dec 2010 12:09PM
Two interesting and lovely images, along with equally interesting write up. Thanks for sharing.
dusfim 11 Malta
5 Dec 2010 5:15PM
Great shots especially V2 i like it, well done. Dusfim

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