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The Temple on the Hill

By andy_AHG    
Hi Folks,

Look out! Its a mono! Another from my series of South Pennine Stories.

Black ****'s Temple

The Beaumonts arrived in Britain with William the Conquerer and were awarded lands in Huddersfield in the early part of the 13th century. Whitley Hall was built by Richard Beaumont in the early 17th century, although there was probably a house on the site as early as the late 14th century. It was remodelled in 1704 and the grounds landscaped by Capability Brown. The Beaumont family continued the occupy the hall until 1917. An attempt at restoration was made by Charles Sutcliff who bought the hall in 1924 but it was sold once again in 1950, this time to an open cast mining company and the hall was demolished.

Black ****'s Temple is now the only structure that remains of the estate. It stands on a ridge of high ground, just off Liley Lane between Grange Moor and Kirkheaton. It is named after Sir Richard Beaumont (1574-1631), who was named 'Black **** of the North' by James I. Quite how he got his nickname is not clear, although he is reputed to have been involved in a number of nefarious activities, such as being a highwayman, a gambler, a bad debtor and was supposedly killed in a duel. He is also said to have murdered a young serving girl who he had made pregnant.

However, he was knighted by James I, helped to found Kirkheaton Grammar School, was the MP for Pontefract and was made a Baronet in 1628. His restless (and headless) ghost is said to haunt the tower on 5th July every year. Although how he has come to be associated with the tower is a bit of a mystery, as it was built (most likely as a summer house) in 1752, over a century after he had died. The headless section of the legend most likely derives from a confusion with an earlier Beaumont, who was beheaded by his enemies during the Elland Feud. It has also been supposed that the Temple was built as a mausoleum and that a tunnel leads to Kirkheaton. Black **** himself lies under a wonderfully elaborate tomb, in the Beaumont Chapel of Kirkheaton Church.

You can look back now Wink


Tags: Huddersfield Architecture Black and white Landscape and travel Black dicks temple Beaumonts

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Humblebee 5 1 England
16 Aug 2012 9:16AM
A great mono image, like the point of view and the narrative brings it all to life ... Caro GrinGrinGrin

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16 Aug 2012 9:21AM
Very dramatic angle, great shot. I really like the sky and the details in the foreground.
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
16 Aug 2012 10:44AM
Excellent mono and a very informative description Wink

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 11:09AM
An extremely interesting and informative pre-narrative supported by an equally impressive monochrome capture from a great point of view, quite magical.

Regards Nathan
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 11:31AM
love the comp andy brilliant detail and tones wonderful textures a cracker top shot Wink
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 1:28PM
Excellent POV and composition Andy. Diffusing the sun by hiding it behind the temple works perfectly. Perfect in mono too.
zapar40 7 66 5 Wales
16 Aug 2012 9:04PM
a grand POV for such an imposing structure, nicely done in the mono which has hightened the effect of the light and has added a mood.

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