Random Plank


One of my favourite subjects for photography is the seemingly random stuff I see on my exploration of my local environment – in this case a plank.  I’ve no idea what it was doing there – it’s what I recognise as a scaffold plank.  There was no evidence of building work nearby.  At a guess the local youngsters are probably using it for BMX tricks or maybe as an impromptu ladder to get to the upper reaches of the remains at Spofforth Castle, (North Yorkshire) near to where I live.  Not really a castle, more of a fortified lodge.

The darkness of the shot is very much in keeping with the conditions -overcast and pushing towards sunset.



Two bell ropes hang in the tower of Holy Trinity church, Little Ouseburn, North Yorkshire. To the right is the ladder access to the belfry.  Books with a religious theme sit on the shelf in the window.  The temptation to pull on one of the ropes is tempered by the ‘sacredness’ of the space.




I found this arrangement to access the tower/belfry in a local church.  The use of a ‘modern’ wooden ladder is not so unusual, but I’ve not seen a ladder like the dark wooden one here (I presume the rail/rung ladder replaces it, for health and safety reasons).   I’ve had a wander round the web to find whether there is a specific name for this type of ladder, but with no luck, does anyone have an idea?

In my local area, it’s pretty hit and miss whether a church is open or not (too many thieves/vandals around), but even those that are open have restrictions to prevent people getting into the belfry.  Obviously, this is to ensure safety, but I suspect there is also a case for keeping them closed to prevent disturbance to any bats that might be roosting/hibernating.


Church Door


The priest’s side door of the church in Hunsingore.  The header for this post gives a remote view of the church. (The name ‘Hunsingore’ really appeals to me, seems very romantic.)  Hunsingore is a small village in the county of North Yorkshire.  The church is very ‘Gothic’ but is not particularly old, 1868.