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Fountains Hall

By twelvemegs
Last of the shots from a day at Fountains Abbey….for now Grin
Processed in LR4 with a little help from Photomatix Pro

V1 Colour
V3 BW Split tone

Many thanks for the views, votes and comments for “Abbey Ruins II”

A little Info:
The house was built by Stephen Proctor between 1598 and 1604, partly with stone from the abbey ruins. It is an example of late Elizabethan architecture, perhaps influenced by the work of Robert Smythson. After Proctor's death in 1619, Fountains Hall passed into the possession of the Messenger family, who sold it to William Aislabie of neighbouring Studley Royal 150 years later. Fountains Hall became redundant as the Aislabie family remained at Studley Royal. It was leased to tenants and at one time parts of it were used for farm storage.
The hall was renovated and modernised between 1928 and 1931, and the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) often stayed there as guests of Lady Doris Vyner, wife of the Marquis of Ripon and sister to the then-current Duke of Richmond and Gordon.
During the Second World War, Fountains Hall and other estate buildings were used to house evacuees. Studley Royal became the wartime home of Queen Ethelburga's School from Harrogate and the school's sanatorium was at Fountains Hall. The stable block and courtyard, was used for dormitories while one corner became the school chapel, at which Sunday Evensong was regularly said by the Archdeacon of Ripon. The hall has a balcony although it cannot be used because the staircase is considered unsafe for the public.

Tags: North yorkshire Uk Architecture Fountains Hall

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TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
21 Nov 2012 2:23PM
Not seen this before, but what a splendid building it is Smile A super capture, David, and I'm torn between V1 & V2 as my faves, think they'll have to share my vote! Wink
Trev Smile

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woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 2:30PM
An especially noble building that I'm rather fond of; though not so organic as Haddon Hall it is satisfyingly asymmetrical.
Excellent work with this one, David. I really can't decide which I prefer so I'll plump for V1.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 2:32PM
V2 here for me, definitely. In some of your previous comparisons I have found that the Split tone effect enhanced masonry better than straight b&w, here V2 gives me a slightly greater sense of depth.
I remember lovely old hand-made glass in those windows... Smile
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
21 Nov 2012 2:46PM
What a magnificent building !! great photos - I go with V1 Smile
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
21 Nov 2012 2:53PM
An impressive stately home, well captured by you in this shot, David: and an interesting history too.
My favourite of the three presentations is V 1 but it's interesting too to see what appeals best to others.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 3:03PM
I do like the tones in V2 and V3, but V1 is the one that catches my eye most of all.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
21 Nov 2012 3:43PM
Lovely detail in the architecture, David. They are all very good versions but the colour just carries it for me this time.

senn Plus
7 5 1 Belgium
21 Nov 2012 4:01PM
all are superb, .. like V3 a bit more
nice set of photos. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 5:00PM
V1 for me - beautiful building - beautiful photo.
Mrs B
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 5:11PM
1 & 3 for me splendid shots. I see you have fallen for the charms of Photomatix!
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 5:56PM
They're all good although I think I'd go for version1, then 3 and then 2.

21 Nov 2012 5:59PM
Wonderful image and processing.

Excellent detail with amazing colours, so it's v1 for me, the comp is perfect stunning capture David, well done indeed.

22 Nov 2012 8:43PM
What a wonderful building David,excellent details..Lin
superb trio david,love v1,well done.ray
pauldawn 9 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 8:29PM
Hi david

Its been a while since I was last in this site but when i got i here i thought id best check out your uploads. Great stuff as always David

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 8:44AM
Cracking series, love them all.
Canadiann 8 2 Canada
25 Mar 2013 5:11PM
Hi there, what a superb capture and the B/W look fantastic too. Missed a lot of your wonderful photo's Hope to meet you this year. xxx

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