How Hill Tower

How Hill Tower

How Hill Tower near Wallerthwaite, North Yorkshire.  I’ve learnt the tower sits on the site of the ‘Chapel of Saint Michael de Monte’.  It was built 1718-23, by John Aislabie  (he was expelled from the House of Commons, where he had been appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer, after being found guilty of the ”most notorious, dangerous and infamous corruption”). (wiki)
…. Always interesting to follow things up…..!

—Stephen—

The Thames – Downstream from Tower Bridge

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Although the Tower Bridge (London) is closed for repair work to the road surfaces, the small exhibition area at the top is still open.  This was shot through one of a number of small opening windows along the walkways across the top of the bridge.

(I particularly liked the mixed messages this scene seemed to give me.)

—Stephen—

Tower of Pisa

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A 20 second exposure resting my camera on a dome topped post – with the added pleasure of another tourist crouching down behind me to look at the output on the lcd screen of my camera as I was composing it.  She gave me a lovely smile and a double thumbs up when I moved on!  A touch of camera shake is obvious, nonetheless I’m quite pleased with the outcome.

—Stephen—

A Corner of Tintagel Castle

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Allegedly the place where King Arthur was conceived, under a very decidedly devious deception of his mother.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle/

—Stephen—

Ladder….

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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.

—Stephen—