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photoblog image Bradgate Park - 5/10

Bradgate Park - 5/10

I have featured Bradgate Park, near Leicester, before but not the southern end at the village of Newtown Linford.  We took a walk there with the grandchildren in early April and this series will give you an idea how lovely it is, and different from the northern end.

The most historical part of the park is the ruins of Bradgate House, once the birthplace and home of Lady Jane Grey, the Queen who reigned for only 9 days before being charged with treason and being taken out to Tower Green and beheaded some time later by the orders of her husband King Henry VIII.

Some of you keep remarking about the size of the Park, hopefully this link will give you some idea, it is over 840 acres in area altogether.  Almost the whole area within the boundaries made by the roads bordering the map is the park itself apart from the village bottom right.


Bradgate Park - 5/10

I have featured Bradgate Park, near Leicester, before but not the southern end at the village of Newtown Linford.  We took a walk there with the grandchildren in early April and this series will give you an idea how lovely it is, and different from the northern end.

The most historical part of the park is the ruins of Bradgate House, once the birthplace and home of Lady Jane Grey, the Queen who reigned for only 9 days before being charged with treason and being taken out to Tower Green and beheaded some time later by the orders of her husband King Henry VIII.

Some of you keep remarking about the size of the Park, hopefully this link will give you some idea, it is over 840 acres in area altogether.  Almost the whole area within the boundaries made by the roads bordering the map is the park itself apart from the village bottom right.


comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 May 2010, 04:04
Lovely park...overpowered by the sky on this occasion.
Brian Walbey: I do like the sky in this shot though ray, some others I took show quite a bit less.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 21 May 2010, 06:07
It's good to see it in this kind of scale, Brian, to see how vast the area is. I can just imagine the beauty of discovery there.
Brian Walbey: I'm sure the Musketeers would enjoy a day walking here Ginnie, and it is probably no more than about 90 minutes or so from Traceys home should you venture over here again the future.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 May 2010, 06:23
Such a shame to see a lovely place like this in ruins Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Chris, I don't really know how, why or when the house began to fall into ruin.
A fine ruin Brian.
Brian Walbey: I suspect it was also a fine house Bill, sad to see it like this.
I like this very much. That wonderful sky complements the buildings and bare trees perfectly.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Sheila.
That tree on the right really sets this off Brian ... richard
Brian Walbey: I thought that also Richard, the trouble with a place like this all the compositional opportunities are well used up by now.
I was hoping you were going to show this house, I have an interest in this story ,the poor girl never stood a chance.This is one of the reasons we went to the park.smile
Brian Walbey: I don't think any of them had much chance being married to King Henry Linda.
I like the atmosphere here Brian. You can imagine some Jane Austin characters roaming about.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Janet, these days it's the like of the ordinary people like us, by the thousand.
Super shot Brian..Quite a famous house then.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ron, very famous in local terms at least, what a shame it's a ruin.
I like the dramatic sky and great compostion.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Kavita, I have used the Topaz plug-in with CS3 to get these strong tones, particularly the sky.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 May 2010, 18:48
A beautiful composition, Brian. I like the feature you've made of the sky. Thanks for the link, Brian; the M! is usually the dividing line and its rare I go to its east; my loss by the look of it.
Brian Walbey: Thnaks for the comment Alan. Sadly the Leicestershire area is a "going through" place to get further north and yet some parts of it are lovely, especially the area just west of the A1 which is rolling hills and open countryside etc.
Very impressive Brian, and a fine sky to boot. Nice composition.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Les.
Must take a look this summer, not too far from Sheffield - and I didn't know that this was Lady JG's place.
Brian Walbey: I think you would enjoy a trip to Bradgate Tom, as you say it is not too far from you down the M1. If you do come down it is worth going to the Newtown Linford end where the main car park is. Not only is it a delightful village with lots of old houses but there are also some nice places to eat as well, oh and don't forget your walking shoes, it is a big park!
That's an excellent scene!!
love it
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Rob.
Super image, a slight HDR look without being overdone and a great subject, I don't remember seeing this location and ruin before and I really want to visit and photograph it now.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment John, the HDR look is done with the Topaz Adjust plug-in for Photoshop. I'm sure you would enjoy a visit to Bradgate, I have expanded on this with my reply to Tom Wilson's Friday post.
Seems like you got a perfect day to get out. Beautiful shot!
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Mary, it was a cloudy bright sort of afternoon and I had to wait at times for decent lighting.
Very nice. I love the castle. Bit too much air and clouds in this image.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Paul. The amount of sky has recived comment both for and against, suffice it to say this is the wallpaper on my monitor at the moment.

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