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Cooling Castle 'n' Cart

By NDODS    
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

Tags: Castle Architecture Historical Cart

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5 Jul 2013 10:16AM
well composed here Nathan with an excellent sky to pull the shot nicely together


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5 Jul 2013 10:26AM
Love the detail and composition Nathan, super image,
5 Jul 2013 10:29AM
I really like this and thank you for giving the history. Jools Holland eh?

5 Jul 2013 10:39AM
Great info............GrinGrinGrin
lonely_oryx Plus
10 61 55 England
5 Jul 2013 10:41AM
Excellent composition
5 Jul 2013 10:59AM
Fantastic shot Nathan, excellent composition, I love the cart in the fg, fascinating write up too

CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
5 Jul 2013 11:07AM
A grand composition, Nathan, well captured and documented. Carol
Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 11:25AM
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.

5 Jul 2013 11:30AM
Well composed image & good narrative
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
5 Jul 2013 11:33AM
Great info, wonderful compo, colours and textures, Nathan.
boov Plus
5 2 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 11:56AM
Great image
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 12:18PM
Super shot and a very interesting write up.
cats_123 Plus
13 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
5 Jul 2013 12:36PM
that's a novel way to hide the missing half of a turret WinkGrinGrinGrinGrin

have you tried Photoshop? WinkBlushBlushBlushBlush
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
5 Jul 2013 12:53PM
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.

5 Jul 2013 1:00PM
Excellent colours, composition and textures here Nathan - lovely image. Smile

Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 1:11PM
Great shot with such a beautiful blue sky Nathan, a good combination of textures and composition.
User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 1:35PM
Great history information Nathan and brilliant photo

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
5 Jul 2013 1:42PM
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
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
5 Jul 2013 2:12PM
Interesting info and a well composed image. .......Sandy
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 2:12PM
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
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 3:30PM
Such a strong composition, well captured.
An image with a strong sense of the medieval, Nathan.

5 Jul 2013 3:53PM
Lovely image.
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 4:33PM
Lovely sky and well composed Nathan.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 5:22PM
I think that the sky has added the extra drama to this Nathan
Very informative info
netta1234 Plus
5 382 2 Wales
5 Jul 2013 5:40PM
Fantastic imageSmileSmileSmileSmile
tonyguitar Plus
5 61 37 Canada
5 Jul 2013 5:48PM
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
Excellent! I love the composition and colours. And your website is great!!
ali63 Plus
5 775 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 6:52PM
Great POV , super image,

Ali SmileSmile
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
5 Jul 2013 6:56PM
Superb detail Nathan. A photographers photograph.
tonyguitar Plus
5 61 37 Canada
5 Jul 2013 7:05PM
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
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
5 Jul 2013 7:21PM
There's an almost medieval feel to this one, Nathan: nice combination of elements.
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 7:23PM
Good pov and lots of textures, nice one Nathan.

Mike_Smith Plus
10 458 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 7:41PM
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?
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 7:41PM
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.
A great composition with good angle and magic colour plus top detail.
Well done Nathan. WesternRed.
Cooling Castle was built in the 1380s.... I probably was not born then, it seems ...WinkLol
Great work NathanSmile
Regards Valery
6 Jul 2013 7:41AM
Love the title to this very well composed shot Nathan. Excellent dof too. Great subject matter.

John Smile
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
6 Jul 2013 9:09AM
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.

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 149 16 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 2:23PM
A great image Nathan,Smile I know Cooling Castle well it is not far from me..

6 Jul 2013 5:23PM
Excellent composition and wonderful work , Nathan..........Grin
carper123 Plus
6 1.0k 8 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 10:19PM
Wonderful pov and composition, nice work, Nathan.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 3:47AM
What a delight! A good subject and a little rust and grot! Grin Tongue
Very vibrant image. Do they still have a studio here or is it long gone?

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