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Wardour Castle II

By Sezz    
Another from Wardour Castle, this one showing more of the ruins at the back of the castle. I had a bit of a struggle with the distortion on this one and lost a bit too much foreground for my liking.

These substantial castle ruins typify the 'romantic relic', being preserved as a landscape feature in the grounds of the palladian mansion built by the Arundells in the 1770s. Old Wardour Castle remains today in this idyllic setting beside a lake, and surrounded by the gentle Wiltshire countryside.

Castles, traditionally thought of as powerful fortresses, were built primarily for protection until the 14th century, but from this time trends began to change. As more settled times were enjoyed, it was considered fashionable, rather than necessary, to build a castle along the lines of a comfortable residence with the means to provide lavish entertaining and accommodation for guests. Therefore, in 1393 Lord Lovel was granted a licence to crenellate his house and, with the help of a great medieval architect, began to create the unique design of Old Wardour Castle. As a veteran of the Hundred Years War, Lord Lovel may have been inspired by the chateaux in France, but certainly Old Wardour Castle was unparalleled in the whole of England. Based on a hexagonal plan, Old Wardour Castle has flanking towers to the entrance, and a small hexagonal courtyard in the centre of the building containing a well.

Thanks as always for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.

Regards - Sarah x

Tags: Castle Architecture Wiltshire Tisbury English heritage Wardour castle

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14 Apr 2008 1:19PM
Love the detail and light


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Rylands 10 1 2 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 2:08PM
Superb image Sezzy yet again! I love the condensed history you provide with your images - do you teach history or is it a hobby?
robway 13 318 Wales
14 Apr 2008 2:10PM
Fantastic building with great shapes and textures in wonderful setting. The capture and presentation is superb.
Wooly 12 112 4 England
14 Apr 2008 2:12PM
Another excellent image and description Sarah.

User_Removed 10 172 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 2:17PM
Excellent comp and use of the light, great work. Thanks for the imfo, very interesting

Sezz 13 617 15 England
14 Apr 2008 2:19PM
Thanks gentlemen!
Ray - it's just a hobby, I like to find out the history behind the places I visit, helps me to imagine what things would of been like back in a time when these buildings would of been so impressive.

Sarah x
G73photography 12 417 15 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 2:40PM
i like the sky but i think the work on the ruins look a bit overdone and dont really go with the sky, G
casson 12 3 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 2:42PM
Great shot and nice write up
VintageRed 12 15 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 4:06PM
It has impact Sarah but tend to agree with you re: the f.g.
paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 4:49PM
Like the detail and textures in this Sarah.
14 Apr 2008 6:26PM
Another great shot Sez, and wonderful history, and another bloke getting into the picture!

All the best to you and yours,

John Smile
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 6:29PM
Super work this

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
14 Apr 2008 6:54PM
It's a great escape to read this in the middle of a busy day. Even though the reality of those times would make me think twice about escaping for real if it were possible. Pointing upwards can result in some difficult processing, but nice job handling the distortion. Sometimes you have to go wider than you expect.

TyChee 13 275 1 United States
14 Apr 2008 7:00PM
Nice detail and perspective.
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 7:51PM
Lovely capture and colours.
Marilyn x
chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 8:07PM
great shot and timing Smile
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 8:17PM
A great capture Sarah, nice detail and light.

Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
14 Apr 2008 8:41PM
Beautiful capture Sarah fantastic light

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Apr 2008 9:30PM
A fine shot of this old ruined castle and an interesting write up to go with it
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
14 Apr 2008 9:49PM
Neatly undistorted Smile
Looks like a place to spend some time getting to know...

Cheers, Goggz
User_Removed 11 485 13 England
14 Apr 2008 10:11PM
all been said Sarah, great work

GaryBooth 10 34 England
14 Apr 2008 11:15PM

Quote:All been said Sarah, great work


Excellent work

Sezz 13 617 15 England
14 Apr 2008 11:39PM
Thanks everyone, your comments and votes are really appreciated!

Sara x
imagio 11 12 1 England
15 Apr 2008 4:52PM
Wonderful tonal range across the whole series.

faulknerstv 13 421 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 8:47PM
This is a great shot
csr 10 3 England
15 Apr 2008 9:54PM
Sory I've missed everbodies pictures have not been on site for a long time. Due to working long hours at work and home.And problems with new camera (40D) can't open raw images yet't Jpeg only. Nice one looks great
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 10:27PM
Wonderful sky, textures and detail Sarah.

Sezz 13 617 15 England
15 Apr 2008 10:47PM
Bernie, Steve, Chris and Nigel - thanks for your time, I appreciate your comments very much.

Sarah x
Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
18 Apr 2008 10:41PM
Great composition, colour and detail.

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