Discussion in 'Exhibition Lounge' started by EightBitTony, Jul 8, 2019.
Is that a horrible new bit tacked on to a nearly horrible old bit, or is it all like that?
Yeah that’s true. I like where Mike lives. I have a friend in Surrey, have been to Epsom and is one area I’d like to move to. Seeing some of his photos reinforces that feeling. Then I see Kate’s photos from the Isle of Lewis then I want to go there. At least I’m familiar to some extent with Nottingham, in fact there on Thursday, but nice to see other views of it.
The canal side is really nice.
Loads of old mills and warehouses around. Now mostly pubs.
Can't correct this one properly without spending more than 15 seconds on it.
And then, there's a mix of churches, modern and new going up.
Except one of those churches is a pub, obviously.
It looks like one integral design. Some sort of latterday attempt at art deco perhaps? But I looked for the petrol pumps too
Just before the awful church is a thing of beauty I look forward to seeing every spring. I don't know if hanging baskets can be regarded as an architectural feature, but for me, they achieve more than most design fripperies could:
_7080226 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
_7080227 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
Yes it is on a hill.
Welcome to come and visit anytime.
I'm loving seeing other peoples' localities too. I guess there's good bits everywhere.
In Stornoway we are fortunate that we did not lose wrought iron railings and banisters etc during WW2. So saying, we have a lot of it still in place and now attracting Grade B status because of it. I wandered up Matheson Road before ducking down Rose Street and Plantation Road then turning down Mackenzie Street and onto the main drag the A857 and back home. Still frustrated the papers have not arrived. Loganair is absolute sh*t and is doing us no favours since it came back as our aircraft provider recently. Many cancelled flights for no apparent reason. This morning, I even heard the darned plane at 7am - but apparently it didn't land!!!
Anyway, my walk. I didn't have to go far to find some examples - the first of which I attach here. I'm plodding my way through the 50+ pics I took on my little walk, so I know there's still a few good ones to edit.
Hope you don't find it too boring!
I find that even not very interesting buildings can have interesting details...
One of the things I find interesting about old buildings is that they seem to freeze time around them so they exist in the period that they were built...
Incline brakehouse with Clogwyn in background and Snowdon just off:
And this is what it was for:
Wagons of slate for the splitting sheds were loaded onto this, which descended by gravity [on rails], pulling the empty wagon up.
And nothing to do with the quarry:
Capel Barachia Chapel, still in use just about 100m from home.
Next down from the ugly church in Epsom is a really beautiful one. 'Fraid I don't know enough about church architecture to describe it.
_7080229 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
And why St Martin of Tours, I have no idea, but to me the converging verticals suit it.
And then just after the fire station, comes a place I had never even glanced at until this thread opened my eyes to what was around:
_7080230 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
I guess No1 Church St is just offices, but I'm sure in 1895 it must have been something far grander.
_7080231 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
It's interesting, but I think the two disparate styles* jar a bit so I don't find it beautiful.
* the tower is original, from the 1400s, the rest is from the early 1800s and is, I think, Gothic Revival, but without all the twiddly bits. The architect has tried to bring them together by his use of materials, but I don't think it quite works.
But then again, I like the previous church you posted - it has character and imagination.
Rebuilt in 1963 I read, and featuring a Longhurst Room. Must go down and investigate further.
Thanks for the info on St Martins. I have noticed additions of towers and turrets to several around here. Not quite sure what must have prompted that. Race to prove who's holier perhaps?
I like a nice bit of cantilevering.
Possibly. Or maybe to prove we have more money and therefore congregants (is that a word?) or a rich sponsor. Or maybe, depending on when it was done, following fashion?
In St Martins' case, the church itself was in ruins but the tower just needed a minor repairs, so they got a Mr Hatchard of Pimlico to rebuild the church, in what is apparently called Commissioner's Gothic. I like both parts of the site, but I just don't think they go together. But rebuilding it in 1400s' style would probably have been a bit difficult. Plus it wasn't trendy at the time. There's quite a good, if short, Wiki page about it.
I'll see if I can dig out my copy of the Surrey volume of Pevsner, see what he (or his minions) think about it. Difficult to predict - good for info, but less so for opinions!
Some resemble minarets. Maybe they were going to rent out on Fridays for Moslems?
One that's out of the Archive...
Stansted Cricket by Nigel Hayes, on Flickr
The poshest bit of architecture in my immediate locality...
For today's Epsom Achitecture fix, I think there is a lot of the old spa town about some of the streets in the centre and radiating out. Upper High St here, opposite the Odeon and the interesting feature for me is the very ornate lintels:
_7080232 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
_7080236 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
Think this thread might have run its course, so I'll just lob in the last one I diligently went out and shot.
Epsom Square looks a bit sad and incongruous, a mass of concrete and modern (but cheap) architecture, off the main drag. I did the big sculptures there for the national database last year, but otherwise it is useful for the library and short cut to the station. I think I might have flattered it a bit:
_7110240 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
_7110238 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
_7110239 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
Not for me But at best, I only get out to shoot at weekends.
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