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Bradgate Park - 9/10

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.

I featured the "Old John" in my picture of 20th.May but this one gives a bit more idea of how it is situated within the park.

The "Old John" is a folly atop the highest hill in the park. It was built in 1784, by the Grey family of Groby, and was originally an observation tower built to give the ladies a view of a race course which circled the top of the hill. It is well known for its "mug-shape", the 'handle' of which was added later, apparently in memory of a beer-loving family retainer.

Bradgate Park - 9/10

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.

I featured the "Old John" in my picture of 20th.May but this one gives a bit more idea of how it is situated within the park.

The "Old John" is a folly atop the highest hill in the park. It was built in 1784, by the Grey family of Groby, and was originally an observation tower built to give the ladies a view of a race course which circled the top of the hill. It is well known for its "mug-shape", the 'handle' of which was added later, apparently in memory of a beer-loving family retainer.

comments (19)

this park is huge
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Derek, I think from one end to the other is about 2 miles.
beautiful
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Toni.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 May 2010, 04:33
Expertly framed, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
Don't 'Old John' look tiddly ... Ha!

richard
Brian Walbey: Well I suppose is it a mile or more from the main path to the Old John Richard, further than my health will let me walk these days , sadly.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 May 2010, 06:14
Excellent Brian: this is a fine composition with a lovely sky
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Chris.
That tree in the foreground against that lovely sky grabbed my attention. I had to search for the folly. I think its a great photo.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Sheila.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 27 May 2010, 08:05
The sky came up a treat Brian
Brian Walbey: Amazing what a touch of Topaz can do Tony, thanks.
Wonderful perspective composition. Great framing!
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Richard.
nicely framed landscape Brian with an interesting tale of the folly
Brian Walbey: Glad you like it Bill, thanks.
Very pretty spot. It would look quite different now, a month later.
Brian Walbey: It is nice Mary and, as you say, it changes with the seasons.
excellent framing
nice shot!!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Rob.
Good framing with the tree Brian, lovely capturesmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda.
wonderful composition Briansmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tim.
Little bit of Topazing going on here, Brian? Very effective!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, just a tad of Topaz as we say in the trade smile
Nicely framed and great tones. 'Old John' on the far hill certainly gives a sense of scale to the landscape.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.the "Old John" is about a mile the distance I suspect.
Nice composition Brian. The sky and the landscape really suit each other
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 May 2010, 20:51
Oh, a wonderfully composed photo- with the long, thin shadow of the old tree and a dramatic, cloudy sky!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 May 2010, 21:36
The sky makes this for me, as does the framing with the tree.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan, Topaz helped a bit as well.
A very nice. I like the composition. Clouds are dramatic.
Brian Walbey: The use of Topaz helped to lift the clouds and dullish sky a bit Paul.

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