Coldridge was known as Coleridge even up to the early 1900's, it is a small parish situated on the River Taw, 10 miles from the ancient market town of Crediton. Coldridge was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, as Colrige - it would appear that Coldridges existence as a settlement, dates back to at least Norman times and possibly even earlier. Its name is believed to have derived from the "ridge where charcoal is made" and the fact that it is thought the area was once woodland, this is possibly an accurate description of how the parish got its name.
With no main road going through the village it gives that feeling of times standing still with a quiet relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.
This area of Mid Devon is well suited to growing a variety of wheat that is used locally and beyond for thatching roofs.
Thatch was the most common form of roof covering everywhere in Britain until the end of the medieval period and it remained the practical solution for many roofs in rural areas until the mid 19th Century.
Materials for thatching were those types of vegetation found readily at hand; wheat straw was the most widely used until the introduction of the combine harvester and the new varieties of shorter stemmed wheat in the 1950s. Long straw, combed wheat reed (Devon reed) and water reed (Norfolk reed), together with sedge as a ridging material, are the forms of thatch in most general use today. Heather remains in some areas; flax and rye are sometimes seen sandwiched as middle coats in old roofs.
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lousat (92892) 2014-07-25 0:59
Hi Les,one of the most rich compositions showing harvests,magnificent on the ground and in the sky too,a typical moment of July caught in an excellent way,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Spyder (4) 2014-07-25 1:05
A little in-family competition here…...déjà-vue! But it doesn't matter, as this is an absolutely stunning place and image.
You widened the view a little and the sky was kind to you too. I still can't get over the old time way they stack their hay.
Mesut09 (720) 2014-07-25 1:31
Hello my friend.. you have taken a good wave of wheats::) the dance of light brown:) Thanks for the picture
snunney (100774) 2014-07-25 2:19
A most delightful landscape composition, very nicely illuminated and with appealing natural tones. Sharpness is excellent. I like the way the green strip of grass snakes its way through the frame as if directing the viewer toward the focal point offered by the church tower.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-25 2:20
one gets the impression that this is a sight that has been repeated for countless summers. Seeing the harvest gathered in and stacked like this is so nostalgic and beautiful. Idyllic looking village and so unspoilt by the rigours of modern day life. Glorious!
Enjoy the weekend - Brian.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-07-25 22:55
A lovely photo highlighting the old way of stacking the hay. I like the inclusion of the posts and grasses on the left and the green track that snakes towards the distant town.
ChrisJ (115555) 2014-07-30 4:12
The multiple pyramids of straw at right steal the show here and I might have been tempted to zoom in a little or crop. But this is fine a is. The curved green grass path with tyre tracks adds nice lead in lines and deep perspective. Good sharpness and color saturation. Tfs!
nikkitta (17066) 2014-07-30 9:30
That kind of rural scene, showing the work at the fields is what me to add you at my favorites list
Here I enjoy, once more a good composition and informative note and of course the landscape taken with a soft light
Well done, regards
Here are some houses at Private Country Clubs , using straw for the roof, not news, now all is cement and glass
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (16398)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-19
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: NikonD300s, 17-55mm f/2.8 G DX
- Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-25 0:47