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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 Plus Member 54347 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom117 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 Plus Member 75484 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 Plus Member 114376 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 8789 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1271 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 Plus Member 51403 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 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.


2 Apr 2012 - 9:28 AM

Superb set of images and fascinating write up.


helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 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 Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 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 Plus Member 11544 forum postsdanbrann vcard 16 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 10:11 AM

Obviously a bum note Moira.

A nice collection from Heavenfield.

Herge88 Plus Member 840 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  8 Scotland8 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 Plus Member 9Joline 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 Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC 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


a nice set like the split in v1

pascalg Plus Member 837 forum postspascalg vcard France
2 Apr 2012 - 2:22 PM

loved the write up... & #3 Smile

pluckyfilly Plus Member 9343 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 Plus Member 7Daisymaye 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 8789 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1271 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 Plus Member 1146 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 Plus Member 9135 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 Plus Member 1168 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  5 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 - 5:00 PM

Lovely set Moira with V1 being my favourite.. Peter

jonwebber  7 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 Plus Member 9lifesnapper 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

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  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 7:31 PM

great write up and series

bobsblues  5 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 Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
2 Apr 2012 - 8:16 PM

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


Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England218 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  9 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

4 Apr 2012 - 7:14 AM

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

Glostopcat Plus Member 9254 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 Plus Member 8233 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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