Dartmouth is a town and civil parish in the English county of Devon. The town is a tourist destination set on the banks of the estuary of the River Dart, which is a long narrow tidal ria or drowned river valley that runs inland as far as Totnes. It lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and South Hams District, and has a population of 5,512.
Dartmouth was of strategic importance as a deep-water port for sailing vessels. The port was used as the sailing point for the Crusades of 1147 and 1190, and a creek close to Dartmouth Castle is supposed by some to be named for the vast fleets which assembled there (Warfleet Creek). It was a home of the Royal Navy since the reign of Edward III and was twice surprised and sacked during the Hundred Years' War, after which the mouth of the estuary was closed every night with a great chain. The narrow mouth of the Dart is protected by two fortified castles, Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle. Originally Dartmouth's only wharf was Bayard's Cove, a relatively small but picturesque area protected by a fort at the southern end of the town.
Notwithstanding the town's connections with the crown and respectable society, it was also a major base for privateering (state sanctioned or licensed piracy) in medieval times. John Hawley or Hauley, a licensed privateer and sometime mayor of Dartmouth is reputed to be a model for the "schipman" in Chaucer's “Canterbury Tales”.
The town contains many medieval and Elizabethan buildings and is a patchwork of narrow lanes and stone stairways. A significant number of the historic buildings are listed.
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This series of pictures was originally captured on slide film, which has recently been digitised and cleaned up.
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Nicou (115244) 2011-01-09 0:36
Très originalée comme image, ce bâteau au repos pour l'hiver le long du qui, très belle perspective, avec le beau rendu sur le facades, ce lampadaire, très bel ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
rodgerg (55767) 2011-01-09 0:38
Une image qui traduit bien l'ambiance de ces petites villes portuaires anglaises avec ces barques retournées et les maisons alignées le long du quai. Bel angle de vue bine choisi et bel équilibre d'ensemble avec notamment le réverbère bien situé.
Amitiés et bon dimanche,
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2011-01-09 0:39
Fine boats. Fine street. Interesting houses.
Splendid English weather. Sophisticated lightness and colours.
Good POV and capture, very good exposure and focus.
lousat (71397) 2011-01-09 0:52
Hi Steph,i like a lot this point of view and the long perpsective create by that,Very good quality in a cloudy day,excellent light balance,sharpness and pastel colors.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.
saxo042 (36674) 2011-01-09 2:26
A fine parking place but unusual vehicles along the street here. A fine scan and a very interesting note!
dkmurphys (45827) 2011-01-09 2:32
Wonderful atmosphere on that small old street. Picturesque pavement, fine scene.
Have a good Sunday.
BluSimo (9392) 2011-01-09 2:33
elle est une bonne et intéressante ambiance. j'apprécie comme tu as montré la liaison parmi ce bourg et la mer.
une bonne journèe
wolf38 (30140) 2011-01-09 3:20
Hi Stephen. In port. Old picture, beautiful scene. The boats are very decorative placed on the wall. Everything seems to be waiting for spring. Overall, a remarkable photo with a text just fine. Rgds, Wolfgang.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-01-09 4:20
J'admire la qualité de la numérisation, dont sa netteté étonnante. Belle composition qui décrit un environnement très Anglais et très agréable. Bravo.
Sergiom (53733) 2011-01-09 5:29
L'enlignement des maisons fournit une belle ligne de fuite dansa l'image et les barques enlignées le long du quai le confirme.
ikeharel (51455) 2011-01-09 9:35
Funny upsidedown those "buckets".
On second glance picture is having many fine details on it's space, calm atmo. and the lamp-post like a "lighttower" of all.
Nice taken shot - well processed.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-01-09 12:47
a beautiful photo of this place with nostalgic atmosphere and details, the composition is superb, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
Charo (51208) 2011-01-09 15:34
Superbe ce point de vue avec les bateaux au repos près du port.
Les détails sont les couleurs très bon et très naturel. Excellente atmosphère.
csabagaba (6554) 2011-01-10 1:08
The same area from a different perspective. Very good composition. The upside-down boats in the foreground, specially interesting. Good contrast and sharpness. Living, strong colors. The city itself is not particularly interesting, but the special atmosphere of gripping.
Cricri (100305) 2011-01-10 6:36
Une vue intéressante de ces barques retournée le long du quai et les façades de couleurs pastels, beaucoup de détails et un cadrage bien réaliser
Fis2 (81501) 2011-01-10 13:02
Good frame and perspective.
I like colors and light.
The lamp add savor of photo.
baldric (64) 2011-01-10 13:53
Grt Shot,my Fav Place in Devon !!