Good Morning Everyone,
This is the Towneley family vault outside St. Hubert's Church, Dunsop Bridge. An angel overlooks the vault where, most recently, Mary Lady Towneley (1935 – 2001) is buried.
The Towneleys are an important family in Lancashire whose ancestry can be traced back to Norman England. They take their name from Towneley Hall in Burnley, Lancashire, which was the family seat until its sale in 1901. It is now a very important local attraction with tours of the house and art gallery, a good restaurant/café very reasonably priced, vast lawns and gardens for events and a plant nursery.
This small but magnificent church was built to the design of Edward Pugin, from, it is believed, the winnings of the racehorse Kettledrum in the Derby 1861 owned by Col. Towneley. In consequence, The apse is richly decorated with a painting of the racehorse Kettledrum. This is on the left and below the coat of arms of the Towneley family.
It was quite a grey day when I took the photograph and a decision to turn the photograph to sepia seemed to fit the mood and the history.
Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)
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Silvio1953 (148613) 2014-08-11 0:58
Ciao Bev, great view of beautiful statue, fine details and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
mesutilgim (96318) 2014-08-11 1:46
You've given color but I think it's a b&w .
Anyhow nice work full with great effect. Perfect TE entry enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice week ahead !
Nicou (146902) 2014-08-11 1:58
quel captage de cette église superbe NB quel rendu sur la pierre avec les tombes et le petit cimetière superbe avec la statue quel bel ensemble.
bravo et amitié
snunney (103361) 2014-08-11 3:58
Excellent point of view on this elaborate tomb with the apse of the church standing in the background. Good choice of black and white though I think slightly more contrast would help improve the overall effect.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-11 5:08
big angel fan me. This one looks so beautiful and magnificent in this setting. I like the sepia post processing too it makes it all so atmospheric and moving.
Have a good week - B.
holmertz (56241) 2014-08-11 5:26
Sepia must have been a natural and wise choice in this case. Apart from some green areas there can't have been an abundance of colours anyway. This looks like it could have been taken even long before the birth of Mary Towneley. Everything in this photo is timeless. I don't even see any graffiti :-).
jhm (156594) 2014-08-11 5:28
Almost a black and white picture but with a very nice subject.
On these place speak nobody against each other, and become all the graves friends, a pity that people this not do during the life time, are friend of each other!
The statue and the angel are very well placed on these picture.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
Sergiom (84569) 2014-08-11 5:33
J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage vertical qui accompagne bien les formes de l'ange.Je ne sais pas au niveau de la transformation en noir et blanc car l'image est très sombre. J'aurais aimé voir l'original en couleurs.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-08-11 8:01
Another very well composed picture with the foreground diagonals providing very good depth. The beautiful statue of the Angel is perfectly positioned and displyed with fine sharpness. The church too looks very elegant and makes a really good background. The Sepia looks good and though I have not seen Britain, I have a feeling that this could easily be the setting for a Dickens or a Thomas Hardy novel :). Excellent camera work.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
Noel_Byrne (32544) 2014-08-11 13:21
Sepia does suit the mood of this image, this angel looks quite serious and forlorn as she stands guard at this historic place. You captured a very special mood here. Nicely composed too with the angel and window on thirds.
There is a great Georgian mansion not far from where I live called Townley hall. Historic home of the Townley Balfour family. I wonder if there is a connection? I have never got to photograph the place as its a private home and not welcoming to interested passersby like me.
lousat (94786) 2014-08-11 15:38
Hi Bev,very interesting history about this place,and your pic seems the best solution to read and watch in a perfect wedding,your composition and the postprocession in sepia are great,very artistic and original post,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
fritzi007 (11573) 2014-08-22 11:49
very good SW photo and comment, well done!
Wish you a good time
ikeharel (74825) 2016-01-28 9:01
Good evening Beverly,
Grey dominating tones, enhanced a small dramatic scene over the tomb and the angel guard it.
Despite a murky weather, managed fine contrast with the statue against the church's round edifice.
My best regards,
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (41062)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-17
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-11 0:37