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Ye Oldest Chymist Shoppe in England

By TrevBatWCC    
My broadband connectionís been very iffy all day Ė and more off than on. Sad At last itís come back again, so uploading whilst itís still connected!

Again, still in Knaresborough, the Oldest Chemist Shop in England first opened its doors as a pharmacy in 1720 during the reign of King George I, when John Beckwith was the apothecary. However, the listed building complete with oak beams and quaint rooms dates back even further to medieval times. The most well known chemists were W P Lawrence and his son Edmund who ran the pharmacy from 1884 until 1965, and Mrs Lawrence, wife of W P Lawrence, who used to bottle her own Lavender Water. The shop ceased to be a pharmacy in 1997. It still sells the Lavender Water, but is more renowned for the luxurious handmade chocolates, old fashioned sweets and toffees, jams and preserves. Upstairs, where Mrs Lawrence used to bottle her Lavender Water, it has now been converted into tea rooms, appropriately called The Lavender Rooms.

Looks a little better seen large if you have the time.

1/60 sec, F8, 10mm, ISO 100

Single Raw image processed in Adobe Camera Raw, tweaked in Elements 6, with some assistance from Topaz Adjust.

Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.
Trev Smile

Tags: General Architecture Knaresborough Market place Old chemist shop

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Cormy 10 3 England
6 Apr 2010 5:04PM
Super shot.Very interesting narrative.

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
6 Apr 2010 5:22PM
Very well composed image, Trev, and an excellent informative write-up. Carol
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
6 Apr 2010 5:40PM
What a great shot and write-up Trev.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 6:05PM
How very fragrant! A very English image, a super story.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 6:05PM
Hand made chocolates ....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
6 Apr 2010 6:56PM
Cracking detail when viewed large Trev. Excellent representation of a very English place. Chaz.
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 6:56PM
I wonder what sort of cures the had there in 1720? I think I'd rather take the handmade chocolate three times a day.

Lovely pricessing Trev. i think I'd have rather lost the poster and maybe got the top of the apex but that's being picky as it's a fine shot.

Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 7:17PM
Trev, next time you pass I'd like maybe just 4 choc's please! not too expensive.
What a wonderful shot this say's so much about the buildings there. The oldest Chemist is now situated in Flambards in Cornwall, evidently discovered when the house was to be sold, it came with cobwebs as well as all the poison bottles etc..well worth seeing.
Great capture
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 7:18PM
I quite fancy some tea in the Lavender Room, what a lovely old building.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 7:58PM
I can imagine a lovely scone and tea here, I bet it is all cotton table cloths and pretty china....

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 9:30PM
well taken shot agree with all of the above
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 9:59PM
A great image Trev and very interesting write up too.
Suehh 11 39 6 England
6 Apr 2010 10:35PM
This so lovely too - another one to treasure. I will answer your email asap. Thank you. Sue
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
7 Apr 2010 11:01AM
I'd love to have seen what it was like as it was then. How lovely.
metro074 8 8 Australia
7 Apr 2010 11:39AM
Wonderful image. Excellent detail. Well done
Richsr 11 91 223 England
7 Apr 2010 1:55PM
Like the details in this Trevor good capture and good info too.
Regards Richard
Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 5:11PM
Beautifully processed as always, Trev, and I like the way you've positioned yourself so that the pavement runs into the bottom left corner, but I would also liked to have seen the top of the pointed wall over the small window on the right. However, I appreciate that it may not have been possible to do both, in which case, I think you made the right choice Smile

Sue Smile
Great shot Trev, lovely detailed shot !

Pleased to give the 30th click !
davidhu 12 19 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 8:37PM
Excellent colour and detai Trev, nicely presented to match.
sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 9:44PM
Super image - great narrative - great editing - beautifully presented - Elizabeth
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2010 9:23AM
Never knew about this Trevor, and Knaresborough is just down the road from where we are. Don't think I could compete with the quality of this shot though.
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2010 1:05PM
Excellent shot Trev and love all the little details and signs.
Agree with Sue on the composition and do like your angle on the shop front.
Did you spot that their 'T' is hanging upside down?
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
8 Apr 2010 3:59PM
No, I hadn't, Tim...very observant of you!
TrevB Smile
Canadiann 8 2 Canada
8 Apr 2010 4:15PM
A beautiful very old and quaint building, how beautifully you have c aptured it. Interesting info too. Really stunning texture and detail coming through here. Love it Trev.
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
20 Apr 2010 7:29PM
Looks a very interesting place Trev. A great write up xx

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