In Xanadu did Kubla Khan...

By mrswoolybill
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea...


Continuing from Monday's upload of the ruined Banqueting Hall in Jesmond Dene; this is the first of two closer views. For just twenty years this was the most sought-after invitation in Newcastle, then it was abandoned.
The doorways and lower windows are blocked by heavy iron grilles, but the interior is planted as a courtyard garden. Once some sort of normality returns I shall be making enquiries, I'd love to get our group in there...
Thanks for looking,
Moira


Tags: Architecture Black and white Jesmond dene Newcastle upon tyne

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jacomes Plus
6 28 40 Portugal
19 Aug 2020 7:48AM
Reminds of Fox Talbot's photo of the Oriole Window at Lacock (somewhere I have print of my own version)
James
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
19 Aug 2020 7:51AM
Sounds like a photographic gem Moira , lovely composition
Ian
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
19 Aug 2020 7:53AM
works very well - an excellent captureWink
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
19 Aug 2020 8:47AM
If you do mange to get your group in there, make sure you can all get out again...I am hearing the echo from the slamming of a heavy door...
kaybee Plus
17 7.8k 26 Scotland
19 Aug 2020 8:49AM
Put the opium pipe away and just get on with the picture taking .....
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2020 8:51AM
Nicely composed, Moira.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
19 Aug 2020 8:56AM
Who has the key? Have you looked under the doormat? 😁😁
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.7k 13 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2020 9:02AM
I tried a similar shot through windows at Helmsley Castle that just didn't work.
Really nice shot Moira.

Oh, and I'm a fan of Coleridge too.
One of my favourites is the short 'The Knights Tomb'
19 Aug 2020 9:40AM
TIL(Today I Learned) that “Kubla Khan” begins by announcing that it is a poem about “pleasure.” It proposes to describe the Mongol leader's summer palace, along with all its luxurious - and, for the speaker, exotic - pleasures.
p.s. i would add to that - photographic pleasures (if you're lucky to find the key Smile)
mac Plus
19 13 Scotland
19 Aug 2020 10:46AM
Your image does convey a feeling of an oriental scene, just lacking the sun and heat! It takes me back to a visit to the Alhambra in Grenada.
Ian
chase Plus
16 2.2k 577 England
19 Aug 2020 11:29AM
Great place for a spot of urbexing Moira, I hope you will be able to safely gain entry.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
19 Aug 2020 11:34AM

Quote:..Reminds of Fox Talbot's photo..
Yes, does have a Fox Talbot feel. Fine capture, Moira 😃👍
Trev 😀
AlfieK Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2020 11:42AM
Locked down or locked in?
Alfie
mistere Plus
8 7 4 England
19 Aug 2020 12:28PM
Not quite the 'Pleasure Dome' that Kubla Khan had in mind but a
wonderful image all the same, Moira.

Dave.
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
19 Aug 2020 12:40PM
As intriguing as the poem.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2020 1:01PM

Quote:Put the opium pipe away and just get on with the picture taking .....


Quote:Oh, and I'm a fan of Coleridge too.
One of my favourites is the short 'The Knights Tomb'



Quote:TIL(Today I Learned) that “Kubla Khan” begins by announcing that it is a poem about “pleasure.” It proposes to describe the Mongol leader's summer palace, along with all its luxurious - and, for the speaker, exotic - pleasures.

I did the Romantic poems for A Level, it was years before I could face reading them again. I still can't stand Keats (sex-starved overgrown adolescent wallowing in his fantasies), but have come to appreciate Shelley, Coleridge, even occasionally Wordsworth.
Re Fox Talbot and Lacock Abbey, I was amazed to see the original image, it's so tiny.
Thanks folks!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
19 Aug 2020 2:16PM
It looks like it would be a wonderful place to explore. I'm hoping you get in there Moira. Anywhere, so locked up has to be good.
19 Aug 2020 10:20PM
Very intriguing, great composition.

LorySmile
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2020 11:39PM
Excellent image, very well seen...
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