Good Morning Everyone,
This photograph, of the Crescent Buxton, was taken during our TE Get-together, in June, and turned out to be the only window of sunshine in the entire meet.
The Crescent was built between 1780 and 1789 for William Cavendish, the 5th Duke of Devonshire, as part of his scheme to establish Buxton as a fashionable Georgian spa town.
The facade forms an arc of a circle facing southeast. It was built as a unified structure incorporating a hotel, five lodging houses, and a grand assembly room with a fine painted ceiling. The Assembly Rooms became the social heart of 18th-century Buxton.
On the ground floor arcade were shops (including a hair and wig-dresser) and kitchens were in the basement.
In recent times, the western end served as a hotel whilst the eastern end served as council offices, a library and a clinic.
The hotel at the western end closed in the mid-1980s due to the high cost of necessary repairs. Then the whole building was closed, when major structural problems were discovered in the assembly rooms. In the early nineties the whole building was empty.
Developer Trevor Osborne began work on the building in 2012, with the backing of Derbyshire County Council, to turn the building into a luxury hotel and spa. The Council recognised the national importance of the building in general (only the second of its kind in the country) and its importance to Buxton in particular. The work will be completed in 2016.
When we were there, there was high fencing and heavy plant vehicles around the base of The Crescent undertaking the renovation. But, I was determined not to miss an opportunity to capture the building and had to climb up a wall and hillside opposite to grab a shot which did not include the 'works' part!
I hope you get a flavour of this lovely building with its notable curve. It is certainly a building worth saving.
Have a lovely Sunday,
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robertosalguero (288) 2014-07-20 1:39
England is truly a place I need to visit sooner than later. I see images of this country and realize how beautiful its architecture and history are...I like the way you cropped the bottom of the building. The details on the facade are quite pretty and perhaps more interesting that the bottom section of the palace. Good composition with soft colours but plenty of details.
danos (101858) 2014-07-20 1:39
nice the upper view of the circle building with its facade to looks so beautiful and unique.I like the tight frame of the photo as the informative note about it.
Have a good Sunday,Danos
lousat (95942) 2014-07-20 1:43
Hi Bev,truly beautiful this capture,there is a special surround effect in this circular perspective,a magnificent facade,excellent exposure of the different light levels and great detail too,a very interesting building,the style remind me a bit Buckingham Palace...have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
dta (81128) 2014-07-20 1:48
Hello Beverley ,
You've chosen an interesting framing , to show us this superb building . I like the sly and the soft light on the walls , too .
willperrett (11688) 2014-07-20 1:56
You did well to create a viable photograph of this place, given the amount of "stuff" around it. I tried pushing my lens through a hole in the fence, and then laboriously "cheating" by cloning all the works evidence away! Not really something for posting though. Your photograph certainly captures the original essence of the place on one of the few weather windows we experienced.
Nicou (148566) 2014-07-20 2:12
Fantastique cadrage et compo avec cet arrondi et la première partie qui se contraste la végétation sur l'autre partie merveilleux.
bravo et amitié
tyro (26142) 2014-07-20 2:37
My thoughts are really exactly the same as those of Will. I'm sure we all took shots of this magnificent crescent when we met in Buxton but the rest of us were perhaps just too put off by the workings and general detritus that was sitting in front of it as renovation was in progress. Indeed, I've looked and looked and looked again at my pictures wondering what, if anything, I could do to make one of them presentable and on each occasion gave up.
But you have very cleverly cropped this one - O.K., we can't see ground level (where all the rubbish was) - but in this view I don't think it really seems to matter as our eyes are drawn upward to the upper rows of windows and that is helped by the taller structure on the left and the tree on the right which helps lift our attention upward to the skyline.
Taken during the only couple of hours of sunshine we had, the light and colours are lovely, your composition very pleasing and the details and sharpness excellent.
holmertz (57465) 2014-07-20 2:46
I was wondering why the lower part was not included but you give a very satisfactory explanation. Your note is very informative and interesting, because the title of the photo made me a bit startled. Could it ever enter somebody's mind not to save such a magnificent building? Your composition hasn't lost anything from not including the works area. The two sections of the building, the tree and the sky all balance each other very well. The brief spell of sunshine, and the good exposure, provided you with excellent colours.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-20 2:54
an elegant and worthwhile climb to grab this superb shot of this exquisite building. It looks glorious in this soft light and the detailing is wonderful. As you say "worth saving" just like the magical Millennium Mills building I featured a couple of days ago.
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
snunney (104799) 2014-07-20 3:09
Fine capture of this magnificent architecture under a sympathetic ambient light. Lovely warm colours and superb detail. Well worth your exertions:-)
CLODO (35370) 2014-07-20 3:24
it always a challenge when you are with photographers friends in front of a dedicated scene, to have a new visison and propose something different.
Here, we had 2 choices: take a picture though a fence or climb a little bit to be over the works, and that's what you have done.
I have this one too, but also a vertical one you can see in the WS.
Have a lovely sunday. Rain in Bordeaux!
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-07-20 3:42
A beautiful building, certainly worth saving..
I understand from your note that's why we can only see half of the building... but it is a nice relief. One day, we'll see it's in full glory.:-)
Have a good day!
Sergiom (86105) 2014-07-20 6:00
On ne pourra jamais régler les problèmes avec la température lors d'un meeting , par contre il faut bien utiliser la lumière lorsqu'elle est belle, comme c'est le cas ici. Par contre j'ai un peu de difficulté avec le cadrage qui coupe tout le bas du bâtiment.
Noel_Byrne (33090) 2014-07-20 8:05
I sure can get a flavour of this beuatiful building, it is very grand, and I can see all the customers of the wig shop enjoying their sumptuous lifestyles in this fine place. Your efforts in climbing the hill were well rewarded, you caught the unique shape and elegant facade perfectly well. The golden light is great too. It may have been a narrow break between clouds, but you really made the most of it.
Thanks as always
berek (50506) 2014-07-20 22:31
very good idea to use upper branches for the frame. I liked the architecture. presented a beautiful picture.
Have a nice week.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-07-25 5:38
Hello Bev - The sweep of the beautifully detailed crescent and simple Georgian façade speaks strongly of understated elegance. This is a period of architecture I like very much and despite the renovation work being undertaken and making your composition a challenge, I like the results very much. You have used the upper LHC very well and I think the segment of greenery gives balance. The light across the façade is wonderfully revealing.
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (41857)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-20 1:24