Friday, 3 June 2016

Farnham Castle

I visited this place with my wife back in 2014 along with Waverly Abbey. Both were religious sites as Farnam Castle was the home of the Bishop of  Winchester which seemed odd to me as the town was nearer London than Winchester. Some history from Wickipedia
Built in 1138 by Henri de Blois, grandson of William the Conqueror, Bishop of Winchester, the castle was to become the home of the Bishops of Winchester for over 800 years. The original building was demolished by Henry II in 1155 after the Anarchy and then rebuilt in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. In the early 15th century, it was the residence of Cardinal Henry Beaufort who presided at the trial of Joan of Arc in 1414. It is for this reason that St Joan of Arc's Church in Farnham is dedicated to her. The castle was slighted again after the Civil War in 1648. Since then more buildings have been constructed in the castle's grounds, the most impressive being those built by Bishop George Morley in the 17th century.
The architecture reflects changing styles through the ages, making it one of the most important historical buildings in the south of England. It is an impressive stone motte and bailey fortress, which has been in continuous occupation since the 12th century. The large motte was formed around the massive foundations of a Norman tower and then totally enclosed by a shell-keep, with buttress turrets and a shallow gatehouse. Attached to the motte is a triangular inner bailey, with a fine range of domestic buildings and a fifteenth-century brick entrance tower. The formidable outer bailey curtain wall has square flanking towers, a 13th-century gatehouse and a large ditch.
In the second World War it was the home of the  Camouflage Development and Training Centre The Castle is now under the care of English Heritage. I have written a previous blog but thought I would do one for my Exproation blog

I started taking my photos here in the moat leading to the bridge you see ahead, back in the day it would have looked like you see in the picture to the left

The climb up is steep but you can look out over the Bishops palace below

This is a view you get looking down from inside the keep to the bridge. On the right you can see the old fireplaces still in the walls

Looking down from the view point to the Bishops gardens

and you get an even better view of the palace

The top of the Keep

The building in the middle covers a pit that was dug and shows the various levels of it being built and some archaeology

on the left you cal look down to the old moat. on the right the walkway to one of the viewpoints

You can see the outlines of the various building that used to be in the keep

A quick look over the wall shows how steep they were while on the right a view down the pit in the middle

Anther view over to the Bishops garden and the pond

and the outer wall and beyond is a park

The view above along with the one to the right gives an idea to how sheer the walls to the keep are

This entrance leads to the Bishops Palace

which is this building her

that joins onto this Tudor building

The entrance door 

with the coat of arms 

Remember the steps from earlier, well this is the bottom of them

The Keep from the Bishops palace and another part of in in the photo to the left

The stained glass in the banquet hall was amazing

Which I could only take from the outside as when I went in to look they were preparing for a wedding but it looked stunning from the inside

That's it for Farnham Castle, the building above was probably an old carriage house but to the right where the door is open is a small museum showing the history of the place. It's worth a stop off if your in the area as it is quite interesting to see. More information here at Farnham Castle

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

My Explorations Blog

Sorry I have not written on this blog for a while but I have not but I have not had a chance to go out any place to write a decent exploration blog but I do have a couple of projects going on at the moment which are long term and nearing completion. One is on the the building of an interchange that I take photos of weekly and will have taken nine months to build, the other is the Electrification of the Great Western Railway which I take photos of on a regular basis and show the changes of the railway over the last year or so but is ver slow going.
Another blog I intend to write is on the Battle Of Ashdown  but I have to go out to collect the photos  of the area it happened.
If your interested you can see the articles I have been writing on them here.

ThenChilton Interchange  &  GWR Electrification

 I might add the photos on the Pillbox blogs I wrote took oer two years to compile while the Didcot to Newbury Railway took the best part of two years. Hopefully It should not be that long before I can catch up with a new blog.

Thanks for being patient  Bill

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Frosty Morning Walk

Now I confess this happened a few years ago but I only rediscovered the photos. My wife was doing a photo-shoot for a book at a village hall so I went out for a walk to find a disused railway.

The shoot was in Hackleton Village hall which I think at one time was the village school  built as you can see in 1863

I started out along a footpath to Piddington where you can see the church across the common in the distance

It was a pleasant walk through the

and soon enough I was passing the church wall ( I have yet to publish
the blog)

Taster for the church

Headed off though the village

 which looked to be still waking up

past this lane with the old chapel at the end

on past the pub with no chance for a pint, it was closed

 Back out in the countryside

Finally came to what I was looking for, the railway bridge

The old track bed was still there though used as a farm track now

I climbed down from the footpath to get a shot of the bridge

Then it was back off along the footpath

Occasionally checking the track bed

The frost was still on the ground as you can see

Along the was I noticed some brickwork and though there had been a railway building there and was excited to find it had been a station and the platform was still there

After that it was back out on the path then onto the road where I found another bridge

From there it was walking along the road passing views like this

Finally coming to the Village of Horton

And another pub to pass

It was getting near lunchtime so I set off back to see my wife passing through the grounds of Horton Park and coming out of the Drive gatehouses

Soon enough I got back to Hackleton

Where I passed the village stores which had the plaque you see on the right

 Soon enough I was passing another tempting sight of a pub

But I headed off down the road to the hall and Lunch with my Wife

If you want to check out where I went along the old railway click the link