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Keeping your powder dry

By Arvorphoto    
Taken as a break in the clouds allowed the sun to illuminate the site of the Powder Mills near Cherrybrook which, in the 19th Century, manufactured gunpowder or 'blackpowder' for the various mines and quarries of Dartmoor. Today the mill stands in ruins with only a row of cottages on the left still in use. Documents show that at one time these cottages were occupied by the work’s manager and foreman, they were called Powdermill Cottages.

The gunpowder mills were built in 1844 by George Frean, a wealthy Alderman from Plymouth who formed the Plymouth and Dartmoor Gunpowder Company to produce the blackpowder or gunpowder.

This was a bit of a grab shot as I was heading elsewhere. Suffice to say, the derelict building and chimneys will be visited and studied in more detail in the future.

Processing: Lightroom/Photoshop

As always, many thanks to those of you who have taken the time to look, vote, comment and give their awards.
Please feel free to offer critique. Another viewpoint is always welcome. Also feel free to ask any questions about the image.

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Comments


James_C 12 38 57 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2020 7:24AM
Beautifully photographed and told story.
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2020 9:21AM
Beautiful light on the landscape here. I am always fascinated by the way our changing needs have an effect on the livelihoods of people and on the landscape.

Phil.
Arvorphoto Plus
11 144 6 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2020 10:21AM

Quote:Beautiful light on the landscape here. I am always fascinated by the way our changing needs have an effect on the livelihoods of people and on the landscape.

Phil.



Yes I'm the same. I remember in particular standing at Wheal Bassett in the valley near Carnkie, there were numerous mineshafts and associated stamps and it was difficult to imagine that it would have been an extremely noisy and smoke laden area a 150 years earlier.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
27 Aug 2020 2:19PM
A beautiful scene. Lovely country image.

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