Good Morning Everyone,
Burford is a town in an area in England called the Cotswolds. We had never visited it before and were charmed by it beauty.
We were lucky that on the day we visited Burford the weather was warm and sunny.
In the evening, we left the main street and explored the older building, especially the church. The low sun gave it a special colour.
I was surprised at the history of this building, which has been recorded by the church parishioners via the Internet; here is a synopsis:
Dating from around 1175AD, our beautiful church took more than 300 years to build. As it now stands, nestled in the heart of the Cotswold Countryside, it is a truly magnificent piece of English heritage.
The church itself is steeped in history and contains many fascinating artefacts. A carved stone with three figures can be seen high on the wall of the south aisle. It probably dates from the 12th century but could be even older: it is certainly the oldest carving in the church. The old clock mechanism of 1685 now stands in the north transept. It still works!
In 1649 the church acted as prison for 340 disaffected soldiers rebelling against Cromwell. After three days incarceration (during which, one of the captives carved his name on the lead rim of the font - this can still be seen) the three supposed ringleaders were shot in the churchyard, the others forced to watch from the church roof. These soldiers were Levellers, a movement for political and social reform. In recent years, the ideals of the Levellers, and the soldiers shot in Burford in 1649, are commemorated on 'Levellers Day', held on the nearest Saturday to 17th May, the day of execution. The celebrations end with the laying of a wreath by the memorial plaque to the three soldiers, which was unveiled in 1979 by Tony Benn.
The 'Priory Murder' is recorded on a smooth, black ledger stone in the south transept and tells of a gruesome incident of deceit and murder in the grounds of the Priory.
Have a lovely day, Bev :-)
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mesutilgim (73080) 2013-10-09 1:07
Nice architectorial captur of this church in Burford.
Good pov and good layout.
The green color of the grasses at the bootom part creates a nice contrast with the color of the building.
Many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
tyro (15729) 2013-10-09 1:20
Good morning Bev,
What a fascinating and gruesome history this fine church has! Your interesting and comprehensive note is a joy to read.
And what a fine picture too, depicting this lovely church which appears to be built from the honey coloured limestone from this area which has itself become known as Cotswold stone.
As always, your composition is impeccable, the church spire and the flagpole both being placed bang on the "thirds" and the gravestones nicely filling the foreground to balance the picture nicely. Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
williewhistler (9887) 2013-10-09 1:34
I would echo every word of John`s,a gruesome history indeed.
The evening light is lovely displaying all of the archaeological features of the most interesting of churches.
The upright format is very appropriate and works well for me.
Kind regards Les.
SnapRJW (23724) 2013-10-09 3:43
Hello Bev - Another shot from my neck of the woods and taken under excellent lighting conditions. The church constructed from the distinctive Cotswold stone looks wonderful beneath the well captured sky. An very attractive composition, I love the tilt of the FG grave stones. TFS and warm regards Rosemary
Sergiom (45567) 2013-10-09 3:44
J'aime beaucoup la diagonale que forme l'église historique dans l'image la lumière la frappe de plein fouet et fait bien ressortir les détails de ce bel ensemble. Le ciel grisonnant ajoute une touche dramatique à l'ensemble.
sandpiper (6560) 2013-10-09 4:12
Good POV and composition, I like the headstones in the foreground. Nice architecture. An interesting note also.
snunney (72796) 2013-10-09 4:21
There are some Nunney gravestones to be found in this graveyard:-) I like the point of view and the inclusion of the gravestones in your composition. They help give the image depth and set everything in context. The warm evening light brings out the colours in the stonework to good effect. Excellent rendering of the textural detail. Sorry, but for some reason the system is not allowing me any green smilies today, no idea why.
Didi (51341) 2013-10-09 6:40
Good point of view on the church with nice lights ambiance
Kugart (1776) 2013-10-09 6:44
Lovely photo of this old church in Burford. Nice lighting shows the architectural detail of the building and the tree on the left gives nice contrast to the colour of the stone. Nicely composed with the headstones in the foreground and nice perspective in the shot.
Facinating note on the church's history.
Romano46 (11607) 2013-10-09 10:49
questi mi sembra che siano i tuoi soggetti preferiti e tra di essi ti muovi a tuo agio.
Il risultato di questa foto è eccellente sia per la composizione molto curata che per la bella illuminazione che non solo mette in risalto con le loro ombre le lapidi in primo piano rendendole più vive ma offre una visione impeccabile della chiesa grazie all'assenza di ombre fastidiose.
Eccellente anche la nitidezza e l'uso del contrasto e del colore.
Ciao e buona serata
Sonata11 (31253) 2013-10-09 13:41
amazingly beautiful composition of church architecture. I love it. Perfectly well done. Awesome !!!! Tfs.
holmertz (31380) 2013-10-09 13:50
You have written an interesting note and show us a very well composed photo. The ligt is exceptionally good and the colours have a very pleasantly warm tone. You have used the graves very well to fill the foreground. I can't really imagiane that a better POV could be found for this church.
lousat (64295) 2013-10-09 14:48
Hi Bev,an excellent capture of this beautiful church really new for me,i like the imposing perspective,the serious architechture and the best moment whit the best light.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
saxo042 (33940) 2013-10-09 15:07
An interesting note and a fine picture! The gravestones in the foreground are important and play an essential part of the composition. Perfect weather for your picture, sunshine over the main motive and some clouds that make the sky attractive. A very beautiful church.
carlo62 (19513) 2013-10-09 15:38
un luogo bello e storico, con l'ottima architettura dal carattere forte e deciso.
Eccellente inquadratura che ci permette di vedere anche come è collocata nel suo insieme.
ikeharel (44125) 2013-10-10 2:12
Good morning Beverly,
Bright daylight from the right side, where you were standing and taken this photo - that's created a wonderful contrast to the grey clouds.
The old church edifice, shown well and details were enhance by that strong light.
A fine shot,
Nicou (105947) 2013-10-10 10:33
Avec les tombes en premier plan quelle compo et vue superbe et ce mur l'architecture de cette église une splendeur sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
PaulVDV (17333) 2013-10-10 12:19
You've taken this church from a good angle, using the tree to frame one side.
The tombstones on the FG add more depth to the picture.
The light is very beautiful and gives a good contrast between the stone colour of the church and the tombs and the bluish colour of the sky.
Best regards, Paul
Silvio1953 (105653) 2013-10-11 11:01
Ciao Bev, great view of fascinating architecture, superb sky, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
ChrisJ (91292) 2013-10-12 4:12
The tilted fg tombstones and the diagonally placed sarcophagus add depth and dynamism. Good sharpness and a lovely warm cold color contrast between the blue sky and pale yellow red facade of the old stone church. Have a nice weekend!
macjake (45588) 2013-10-12 7:37
an excellent read to go along with the photo, it always makes the scene that much better doesn't it!
beautiful shot, I like how you squeezed everything in, there are no wasted areas.
smart light with the golden hues, despite the face the sky looks a bit grey.
I'm sure John would love to visit this place, and I'm sure it would make for a great TE meeting area.
excellent shot all around for several reasons.
enjoy your weekend
ourania (18738) 2013-10-13 7:28
you've created an excellently balanced and very effective composition in order to include as much information as possible in an elegant vertcal frame. I like very much the long perspective of the church in the background and the foreground filled with interesting elements from the churchyard. There's superb depth and stunning sharpness, the textures are real and natural. I also like very much the rhythmical architectural patterns along the perspective as well as the quality and arrangement of colours. The stone structures seem to reflect the light while the elements around them seem to absorb it, an effect you've rendered superbly. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely Sunday,
SWEETFREEDOM (19936) 2013-10-13 9:45
very nice church, i like details and warm colors.
Angshu (52956) 2013-10-16 22:49
The perspective works well. The grave stones in the FG pivots the shot well. The diffused light creates a fine impression on the church. Very balanced compo.... Good work!
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (21523)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-09 0:56