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Hay barn 2

By whatriveristhis
A slightly more comprehensive view of the Barn photo I uploaded a few days ago. A Grade 2 Listed Building, sited on the Croxdale Hall Estate in County Durham, and on the "Endangered" list, I believe. Couldn't show the entire structure because of inconveniently parked cars and being unable to stand far enough away... it's a very large structure.
The larger central arch, which you can see here, leads through to the main farmyard. The other arches would accommodate wagons for loading/unloading. Inside is....nothing much...bits and pieces lying around. There is an attractive arrangement of beams that support the roof, which I was unable to photograph satisfactorily because of very limited access. I've uploaded a B&W conversion, but personally prefer the colour version, on which I've layered a B&W conversion with opacity reduced to around 40%
A few yards behind my viewpoint is a small chapel ( with graveyard ), which is partly Saxon...11th Century...and is a Grade 1 Listed Building, dilapidated in the extreme, to which of course there is no permitted access.

Tags: Barn Architecture

Voters: ErictheViking, RonnieAG, Joline and 22 more

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ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
22 Feb 2014 6:22PM
This a hard image to make decisions on Alan, I like V1 with its warm stone colours and the washed out tones of the doors but I also like V2 for its toning and the stark image of a once industrious building now falling into disrepair. An excellent image on both sides

I'll let others decide which is best for me they are equal.


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22 Feb 2014 6:36PM
No need to decide, Eric, they aren't in competition, they're just variations; neither is trying to be "best" so you can actually have both! ( It's funny how most people do that, feel obliged to choose one version over another, and I do it myself!!!! Grin )
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
22 Feb 2014 6:52PM
I like both equally here, the subject matter lending itself very well to the B and W presentation.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2014 7:15PM
I do like the cold effect of V1, the partial desaturation combined with treatment of the stonework. (High contrast, some selective sharpening? Not sure what you've done but it's good).
One caveat - Not sure about your approach to verticality. You have the uprights on the left true, everything else leaning in. That I guess is how we see it if we are standing on the left... I feel more secure with the central vertical 'correct'. Maybe that's too safe.
I love that mauve/pink door. Pink. On a barn. In the North East. I bet the farmer's neighbours have never let him live that one down.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
22 Feb 2014 7:42PM
That is a most impressive barn. I am so glad you put it up in color to show that gorgeous stonework. How old do you think this barn is?
(I was equally impressed to see the gal in sunglasses peering from the stones.)
22 Feb 2014 8:21PM

Quote: How old do you think this barn is?

17th Century I think...not certain, but that's the original date on the Estate Mansion nearby.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2014 8:42PM
What a clever idea adding an opacity reduced layer which in my opinion works very well indeed.
Before reading what you'd done, I like and preferred V1 and so it stands.
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marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2014 9:01PM
I like what you have done here Alan, I know we don't have to choose but I do prefer v1 out of the two, the subtle colours work beautifully well. Super image matey
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2014 9:11PM
A most unusual structure. Are you quite certain there isn't a railway line running along the top?
B&w for me personally.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2014 10:35PM
Like both Alan a great old barn in need of a lot of TLCSmile

PranavMishra 5 52 17 India
23 Feb 2014 6:28AM
very fine image, very nicely detailed, magical colors.. and gives an idea of the whole place..
the color one for me, which adds much more to the previous such image.. B&W at its own place is superb too..
Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2014 7:33AM
A really super well constructed barn, well worth conserving, needs to be found a use to encourage investment, sounds like it is largely disused at present from your description.

Two excellent images, I prefer the colour, the coloured doors certainly adding to the composition, I do like the effect of the desaturated layer though, enhancing the cold North country light.

I think this is the one:

Haybarn, incorporating cart sheds/hemmels on ground floor, with adjoining rear
yard walls. Late C18-early C19. Coursed sandstone rubble and dressings.
Graduated green slate roof. Tall barn above cart sheds/hemmels. 4 + 1 + 4
bays. Rectangular-plan piers at ends and flanking central bay, and similar
square-plan piers between other bays, are set slightly forward of the archways
and have flush, tooled-and-margined quoins. Tall elliptical archway at centre,
with dropped keystone and blank wall above, leads through building into
farmyard. Flanking sections each have 4 elliptical archways into cart sheds/
hemmels; 2 bays at left now garages with C20 double doors. Moderately-pitched
hipped roof with strutted king-post trusses. 2-bay returns with central square-
plan piers. Identical rear: 4-bay sections flanking centre back onto yards
enclosed by 2.0-metre tall rubble walls with rounded coping stones. Yard on
right rear is also subdivided into 3 parts by 2 similar parallel walls. A
rare, impressive and unaltered example.
23 Feb 2014 7:42AM
Certainly sounds like it, Nigel. Thanks.
Apart from those two doors, it all seems to be in quite good condition ( including the roof beams I mentioned ), merely not in use.
What was your source?
Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2014 9:26AM
23 Feb 2014 9:28AM
thanks for that, will mosey on over a bit later.
23 Feb 2014 9:56AM
Two excellent versions, Alan.
Difficult to choose between them but, I think the subtle vignetting tips the scales for me in favour of the mono V2.
saltireblue Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
23 Feb 2014 11:54AM
Your pov makes it look like an aquaduct, Alan. Doesn't remind me of any barn I have ever seen before!

Both images have their own particular feel, and as you say, do not compete with each other.

24 Feb 2014 12:46AM
B&w is my fave! Great work!
24 Feb 2014 11:07AM
Mono wins again Alan, but I did prefer the first shot from here the crop was really good.

26 Feb 2014 6:16PM
It's all about the purple door, subtle enough but with a massive impact.
Potra 5 Venezuela
6 Mar 2014 2:53AM
I definitely like V2. The image gains a lot of definition.
Excellent shot.

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