Duddington, about five miles south of Stamford, was originally situated within the old Rockingham Forest and a settlement was recorded in the Domesday survey of 1086.
The approaches to the village are particularly attractive. From the west the road from Leicester crosses the river Welland over an ancient bridge, medieval in origin, and passes by the 17th century watermill with its mansard roofs.
There are many lovely buildings in the village, among them the early 17th century manor. This can be glimpsed from the road through its wrought iron gateways, nestling in its enchanted garden which sweeps down to the banks of the river. Duddington was originally an agricultural community centred on the manor, but although many of the farm buildings remain their usage has changed and most of them are restored as residential properties.
The parish church of St Mary is most notable for its 12th and 13th century architecture and the abnormal siting of its tower -on the south side. This probably occurred because of falling ground on the west wide where the slope to the river begins. Inside there remain some boxed pews, many retaining their 17th century panelling, and a large number of monuments to commemorate the Jackson family from the manor.
The adjacent Church Farm still has a two-cell 18th century dovecote with 800 nesting boxes and from 1775 until 1834 it was the parish workhouse.
The village information above is taken from the Northamptonshire Villages book, written by members of Northamptonshire County Federation of Women's Institutes and published by Countryside Books. Click on the link below to view Countryside's range of other local titles.
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aliabazari (13195) 2012-02-14 0:33
Good contrast with the beautiful colors. Image registration is very beauty.
Congratulations my friend
tyro (19228) 2012-02-14 12:19
A fine note and a fine picture!
This is an imposing mill and I can see its mansard roof very well in this shot. The composition is excellent, the eye being drawn to the millstream issuing from the mill just where the wheel must be hiding. The mill itself is placed perfectly in the frame and is nicely balanced by the large tree. The snow, particularly on part of the mill's roofs, adds extra interest.
Lovely colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
jacquest (18383) 2012-02-17 5:52
Thank you for the visit on my photo.
Here, the mill has been well placed in the image and the framing with the three is quite interesting. The colors are well saturated and the sharpness is good. I like this image which looks a bit like a painting.
npecanhuk (62452) 2012-02-20 15:27
Another beautiful picture!
I specially enjoyed the management of light, colors, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Ricx (13495) 2012-02-20 15:33
Hi Marion, I just love this part of the world, although I have never been to the Duddington Mill.. You have caught it well with just a faint dusting of snow on the ground.. nice sharp detail. I am enjoying your gallery Rich
delpeoples (52771) 2012-02-22 4:46
I've seen this mill here on TE before, but this is an exquisite photo. Superbly composed and nicely sharp. What lovely colours and light you achieved despite the overcast skies.
Thanks for sharing, have a great day