One Word Sunday


This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt History.

You may wonder how a frozen puddle on a sandstone outcrop dropping down to a shallow valley is historical.

The sandstone outcrop is on the edge of a steep hill that forms part of the Sandstone Trail on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

This steep hillside formed the northern and western edge of an Iron Age hill fort known as Maiden Castle. I am standing where someone would have been living centuries before the Roman invasion.

One Word Sunday: History
Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 13th April 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back to southern Cheshire in the mid 1980s and some experiments with black and white infrared film. Another test of copying black and white negatives.

These are Silver Birch trees and Bracken growing on a section of Maiden Castle, an Iron Age hill fort on top of Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

Monochrome Monday: 13th April 2020


Photo Challenges

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Ancient

My contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Ancient.

I was considering various Roman and Medieval buildings I have photographed before deciding to go further back in time.

These photos are taken on Bickerton Hill in south Cheshire, England. This section of the hill is the site on an Iron Age hill fort known as Maiden Castle. Radiocarbon dating indicates that the ramparts defending part of the plateau where built around 600 BC. In reality this is an ancient landscape with very little of the hill fort left to see.

This photo shows the natural slope down from the plateau where the hill fort is situated. This escarpment forms part of the defenses of the fort, it’s a lot steeper than it looks in this photo.

Bickerton Hill escarpment.

What little remains of the defensive earthworks is hidden amongst the Silver Birch trees and Bracken.

Autumn colour on Maiden Castle, Bickerton Hill.

In this photo I am standing in what would have been the north west corner of the hill fort with the escarpment in front of me and the remains of defensive earthworks hidden in the trees to my right.

Standing on the site on an Iron Age hill fort.