Category Archives: Photographs

Contrasting stories of brothers killed in the First World War

This is about the stories behind plaques commemorating two brothers who both died in the First World War. The plaques are at Canons Ashby in Northamptonshire. Something about their wording made me want to find out about them. I am … Continue reading

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Turrets and chimneys – a visit to Tyntesfield

Staying in Bristol recently, we went to Tyntesfield, a Gothic Revival house remodelled in the 1860s and 1870s by the Gibbs family. The Wikipedia page about it is reasonably informative.┬áIt is now owned by the National Trust, whose page about … Continue reading

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My photographs of North Devon railways and stations in the 1960s

I inherited from my father his interest in abandoned railway lines and in maps. I learnt to use Ordnance Survey maps from trips we did together to trace closed routes in North Devon, looking for remnants of stations, bridges, and … Continue reading

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One picture a month from 2017

I have 2,984 pictures from 2017 after culling probably as many again. Picking one from each calendar month is difficult – some months yield nothing of note while others result in several which would be in my top twelve for … Continue reading

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Tracing the identity of Hawker Hurricane LE-D

The picture below was taken by me at RAF Chivenor Air Day in August 1969. It shows a Hawker Hurricane painted as LE-D, and it has sat unremembered (along with several thousand other pictures) until a recent scanning exercise. The … Continue reading

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The red telephone box in St Giles’

On the east side of St Giles’ in Oxford stands a red telephone box next to a street lamp. Though now neglected by BT – unpainted, unlit and rather sad – it stands out against the grey and brown of … Continue reading

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Oxford Illuminated – old buildings in a new light

On 29 September, the Society of Light and Lighting brought the Night of Heritage Light 2017 to Oxford. If that was a slightly pretentious name for some lighting effects on old buildings, it was nevertheless a good excuse to go … Continue reading

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