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Teesdale barns

By whatriveristhis
" ...the vast Raby Estate which extends over a large area of south Durham. Farmhouses and cottages belonging to this estate can be found throughout the northern side of Teesdale and are easily identified by their attractive whitewashed exteriors.

Whitewashing goes back to the days when a Duke of Cleveland became stranded in a storm while out hunting in Teesdale. He was refused shelter at a local farmhouse which he had mistaken for one of his own properties.

The Duke was determined not to suffer such a humiliation ever again and ordered that from that day on, all buildings belonging to his estate were to be painted white for identification."

Peter, Bill, Moira, and Joline generously gave their awards for my last picture, so my thanks to them and to everyone who voted or commented.

Tags: Barn Teesdale Farmland Landscape and travel

Voters: AlfieK, HelenHiggs, alanb and 54 more

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HelenHiggs 11 36 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2018 7:16AM
Lovely moody atmosphere and great to have the background information. My uncle used to say of distant sheep, scattered around the hillsides, that they were 'cigarette ends' Smile
27 Oct 2018 7:17AM
Excellent landscape, scary sky, abit like todays!

27 Oct 2018 7:17AM
As Helen said, moody atmosphere ... spot on !!! A wonderful image.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2018 7:43AM
Ah yes. I seem to remember looking at those barns and thinking 'This is Alan's territory'...
woolybill1 Plus
14 35 76 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2018 7:53AM
The history is new to me - thanks, Alan. The mighty can't bear falling, even if it's into the clarts during a freak shower Wink
Fabulous, threatening sky to complement the lines and composition.
27 Oct 2018 7:56AM
Love the colours and light. I think it might be beside Bowlees.
27 Oct 2018 8:00AM

Quote:Love the colours and light. I think it might be beside Bowlees.

You think right Wink
27 Oct 2018 8:46AM
beautiful mood and great how the heavily frowning skies attenuate the highlights
27 Oct 2018 8:53AM
The whitewashed barns stand out so well against the lowering sky, full of simple drama and detail.

Whitewash has been used for more than walls in this United Kingdom.

viscostatic 14 48 9 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2018 9:13AM
A beautiful composition Alan. Little did the Duke of Cleveland think that he would be doing such a favour to today's photographers.

NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2018 10:18AM
Wonderfully moody.

Regards nathanGrinGrinGrin
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
27 Oct 2018 10:24AM
We enjoyed our holiday 'round your way' this year so much that we're booked to return next year...
jacomes Plus
5 26 32 Portugal
27 Oct 2018 11:11AM
Love the atmosphere created by the stormy sky, the buildings and sheep give just the right amount of highlights. Worth an award.
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
27 Oct 2018 1:20PM
A dramatic countryside. I like your back story....that's one way to mark your territory!
Irishkate Plus
10 44 118 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2018 1:42PM
Interesting history Alan - harsh to refuse somebody shelter!
Makes a lovely landscape though.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2018 1:46PM
What a sky! What a scene... Good informative write up and an excellent image
Isabel GrinGrin
27 Oct 2018 2:19PM
Excellent image
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2018 3:36PM
A excellent landscape image, what a threatening sky, Alan, interesting write upSmileSmile

27 Oct 2018 4:15PM
great light and drama
vivdy 9 2 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2018 5:58PM
Oh , go on then , have a pig is the light . Viv
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2018 7:33PM
Terrific light with that wonderful BG
helenlinda Plus
13 367 22 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2018 9:19AM
Oh you really did have wonderful light on this trip - a great image Alan Smile
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 50 England
1 Jan 2019 8:48PM
Wonderful scene with that ominous sky.

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