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Glories Past

By andy_AHG    
Wentworth Old Church, in the village of Wentworth near Barnsley, traces its origins back to the 13th century and contains the tombs of many of the Wentworth family and the Earls of Strafford. The tower dates to the 14/15th, the rest of the current church being rebuilt in 1684 for William Wentworth. Although the majority of the church is now in ruins (the north chapel still intact), it is still clear to see what a magnificent building it must have been in it's prime. It was replaced by a new church, which stands immediately to the south in 1877 and the old church fell out of use. It now stands sentient over the churchyard, all faded glory and weathered stone.

Thomas Wentworth was an advisor to Charles I, High Sheriff of Yorkshire and the first Earl of Strafford. However, he seems to have fallen from favour and in 1641 was imprisoned in the Tower of London on a charge of treason. Charles I found himself under immense pressure from parliament to sign Wentworth's death warrant, which he did on 10th May 1641. Wentworth was executed two days later and his body still lies under this church. When Charles I was himself executed eight years later, he seemed to be of the opinion that it was his punishment for allowing the execution of Thomas Wentworth.

Tags: Barnsley Church Graveyard Architecture Ruins Black and white Rotherham Wentworth Landscape and travel South yorkshire

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paulknight 10 2 9 New Zealand
26 Sep 2012 9:30AM
Beautiful result. Looks mystical which seems appropriate. Well done.

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2169 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 9:31AM
There's a fascinating tension in the angles here, it suggests that the dead do not rest peacefully.
h4rsx 10 17 5 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 9:35AM
I do like the mono treatment you've given this Andy, top notch and works very well given the theme of of the image.

26 Sep 2012 9:37AM
Super, atmospheric image!
Fefe Plus
8 37 31 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 10:36AM
Great stuff.......... interesting write up too.
Kenfromsot 11 61 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 11:56AM
Lovely mono Andy.

Jasper87 Plus
10 2.4k 158 England
26 Sep 2012 12:44PM
Quite fittingly darkly dramatic. Excellent mood given by the processing.

Richsr 13 91 223 England
26 Sep 2012 1:46PM
Well worked with this image, godo comp and mono processing to bring out a mood and details too
Regards Richard
nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
26 Sep 2012 2:14PM
Superb mono!
Growmore 11 4 3 England
26 Sep 2012 5:01PM
Great composition and a fantastic mono work.
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
10 112 38 Wales
27 Sep 2012 12:10AM
Superb composition, Andy.
27 Sep 2012 2:36AM
Very dramatic clouds. Nice comp. Deep
jasonrwl Plus
10 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 9:18AM
Superb image Andy and a really interesting narrative - thank you.
almiles 10 38 102 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 2:07PM
Great symmetry between the grave stones and the shape of the church. The ruinous nature suits the mono conversion and looming skies.
Brian65 10 2 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 5:21PM
Superb image, great work Andy.
mixpics 8 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 8:52PM
Brilliant image.SmileSmileSmile
UrbaneMagick 8 172 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 10:26PM
great title, processing., light....well as usual with you..bloody good everything Andy Smile

Bonico 10 Romania
2 Dec 2012 9:20AM
Like it.

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