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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lots of Monochrome Arches

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Half Circles, Arches, Domes.

This is part of the interior of St Mary’s Church in Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

 

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Throwback Thursday

St Mary’s Church, Acton near Nantwich

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the mid 1980s.

First I should apologise to anyone who follows my Facebook page as I posted this photo on there recently. The reason for using this photo as a Throwback Thursday post is because there’s an example of 17th century vandalism in the photo.

This is St Mary’s Church in Acton near Nantwich, Cheshire. The church is historically significant, the tower is the oldest in Cheshire and there are carved stones internally that date back to Norman times.

But it’s the tall, four sided sundial on the right side of the photo that I want to talk about. It started life as a medieval cross until someone in the late 17th century decided to turn it into a sundial. Can you imagine the outcry if someone suggested such a thing these days.

Throwback Thursday: 7th May 2020

 

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Symmetrical

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Symmetrical.

A small selection of almost symmetrical photos.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

The entrance to St Mary’s Church, Nantwich, Cheshire, England. Surprisingly symmetrical given that construction was interrupted for 20 years due to the Black Death.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Spread

Two American White Pelicans gliding in symmetrical formation, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Glass

Symmetrical drinking glass detail apart from the colour of the lights used, blue daylight and yellow artificial light.

 

One Word Sunday: Symmetry

Almost symmetrical wing markings on a Magpie Moth. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside

Almost symmetrical juvenile Great Tits begging for food having just heard an adult land at the nestbox entrance hole. Faddiley, Cheshire, England.

 

Silent Sunday: 22nd March 2020

Sort of symmetrical bare trees photographed on a walk around the neighborhood, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lychgates

Alternative spellings are lichgate, lycugate, lyke-gate or as two words lych gate.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates.

The word lych dates back to Old English or Saxon and means corpse. Lychgates are covered gateways into an English churchyard.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates

The lychgate into the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, Acton, Cheshire, England. A traditional style with an extensive roof.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates

The lychgate into the churchyard of the Church of St Editha, Church Eaton, Staffordshire, England. A more modern representation of a lychgate. There are several interesting things in the photo, at the left edge of the frame in an old fashioned water pump. Between the water pump and the lychgate is a very worn sandstone step. The step has had so much use that the slab of sandstone has been flipped over to use the other side as the step. Finally, according to my caption on the slide mount the church originally had a tower with the spire added at a later date.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

This is my contribution to Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old.

When I read the prompt I thought of my home town, Nantwich in southern Cheshire.

St Mary’s Church in the centre of the town dates back to the 14th century. Interestingly, the church consists of two different architectural styles after construction was interrupted for 20 years, possibly because of the Black Death.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

The western facade.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

A monochrome photo of part of the interior showing some of the woodwork and stonework.

 

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One Word Sunday

Cross.

Actually I count at least four crosses. But they’re not really the point of this post.

The tall sundial in the foreground is what remains of a medieval cross. It was turned into a sundial in the late 17th century.

An act of vandalism that wouldn’t be considered these days. Destroying something medieval to make a sundial is the sort of thing that makes me Cross.

This is my contribution to One Word Sunday: Cross.

One Word Sunday: Cross.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Architectural Arches

My contribution to the COSMIC CURVATURE: ARCHITECTURAL MARVELS Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I decided to go with a selection of photos of St Mary’s Church, Nantwich, Cheshire, England, a 14th century church with a variety of interesting curves.

A monochrome study of the eastern end of the church.

Architectural Arches.

The stained glass window at the western end of the church.

Architectural Arches.

The western end of St Mary’s Church showing the stained glass window from the outside.

St Mary's Church front.