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photoblog image Ten Minutes From Home 5/7

Ten Minutes From Home 5/7

All of the images this week were taken about 10 minutes or so walk from my home during the past few weeks.

The parish church of St.Botolph's in Shepshed is built on the highest point in the town and it is quite a climb up to it from the main road below.

The 11th century Parish Church of St. Botolph (the westernmost parish church in England to bear the name) and its land the Oakley Wood was originally given to Odo of Bayeux brother of William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The ownership of the estate reverted to the Crown a number of times including in 1534. A wood carving exists in the church depicting a visit of Queen Elizabeth I though it is at present unclear if the queen ever came to Shepshed itself, if she did so it would have been the furthest North she travelled in the country. The older part of the town is still centred around the church.

The church's original patronage came from Leicester Abbey, however between 1699 and 1856 the patrons were the Phillips family of Garendon Hall. This family has been Lords of the Manor since its purchase by Ambrose Phillips in 1683.

There is always a grand display of daffodils every year and this was taken whilst they were in full bloom a few weeks ago.

Another view of the church and more information about it can be found at http://www.shepshed.org.uk/st_botolphs_church.htm and there are also links to other items about the town.

Ten Minutes From Home 5/7

All of the images this week were taken about 10 minutes or so walk from my home during the past few weeks.

The parish church of St.Botolph's in Shepshed is built on the highest point in the town and it is quite a climb up to it from the main road below.

The 11th century Parish Church of St. Botolph (the westernmost parish church in England to bear the name) and its land the Oakley Wood was originally given to Odo of Bayeux brother of William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The ownership of the estate reverted to the Crown a number of times including in 1534. A wood carving exists in the church depicting a visit of Queen Elizabeth I though it is at present unclear if the queen ever came to Shepshed itself, if she did so it would have been the furthest North she travelled in the country. The older part of the town is still centred around the church.

The church's original patronage came from Leicester Abbey, however between 1699 and 1856 the patrons were the Phillips family of Garendon Hall. This family has been Lords of the Manor since its purchase by Ambrose Phillips in 1683.

There is always a grand display of daffodils every year and this was taken whilst they were in full bloom a few weeks ago.

Another view of the church and more information about it can be found at http://www.shepshed.org.uk/st_botolphs_church.htm and there are also links to other items about the town.

comments (17)

great framing
nice setting
with that delicious E-300
Take it out of "P" mode
Make it "Av"
Turn the metering to evaluative
and add +2/3 exposure compensation, perhaps +1
that'll flood this with more light and give you some processing options.
Just some thoughts....
Cheers
Rob
Brian Walbey: Thanks Rob, I will bear that in mind, I must admit to being a bit lazy these days with the camera doing Auto.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 May 2009, 01:14
Love the tree and the daffs and the sky, Brian.

Not so sure about that pointy, dull rock, though. [Do Bill and Chris live under it, perhaps?]
Brian Walbey: smile Thanks Ray.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 1 May 2009, 01:47
This reminds me of the neighborhood church near the apartment when we lived in Hannover, Germany, for two years, off and on, Brian. When the daffodils were in bloom, it looked just like this! It bring back fond memories.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, it always nice when a picture stirs pleasant memories.
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 1 May 2009, 03:34
Nice shot, Brian. Very pretty!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Helen.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 1 May 2009, 06:46
Good photo Love the daffodils.
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
A beautiful compositions with the dafs in front. I like the low POV Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, the narrow road is well below the level of the churchyard here, there is actually a wall below the grass bank.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 1 May 2009, 08:42
Those dafs are wonderful Brian, looks like it was beautiful day to be out and about
Brian Walbey: Another one of those clear lighted early spring mornings Tony. Thanks for your comment.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 May 2009, 10:35
You are lucky to have all this lovely scenery so close to home, Brian.
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ingrid, this is actually surrounded by little cottages and is on a hill right in the middle of the village.
Very nice all round Brian. This picture should be in the local shop for purchase. Lovely image.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ron, one day I will show a set of pictures I took in this church last year after it had been refurbished.
The little church that stood on the hill. Very story book.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chad, it is a nice little church and has just be refurbished inside.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 May 2009, 16:09
A lovely spring pic from England- 'my' dancing daffodils in the foreground and the weatherbeaten old church in the background- all framed by trees! Unusual is the pointed spire that reminds me of German churches? From this church "on the highest point of the town" there might be an impressive roundabout-look at town at its countryside!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine, there are some nice views from the top of this hill but of course there is also the town below as well.
The composition, the colours of this post are specially good. Great shot.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Albert.
Nice rugged looking little church Brian. LOL at Ray!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, it is quite rough stone, one day I will show the inside.
I really love this image, postcard perfect smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Clare, it always has this lovely show of Daffodils in the Spring.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 May 2009, 20:31
OH Brian, this is pure delight, I love the big foreground with the daffodils.
Wonderful POV.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, behind me is a wall and a big drop to the street below.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 May 2009, 20:51
This is a charming view Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, it is a charming little church.
Nothing shouts spring more that that daffodiles on a bright day. I like the composition in this very much.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan, there is quite a steep drop behind me to the street below.

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