Good Morning Everyone,
This is Laura's Tower.
It is situated on the top of Shrewsbury Castle and was built in 1797. It was created as a folly for Laura, the daughter of Sir William Pulteney and built by the world famous civil engineer, Thomas Telford. I suppose that this was one of his early commissions, before he designed and built bridges.
I found this video on YouTube which shows the view from the top of Laura's Tower.
Now, which young girl wouldn't like their father to build them a play house like this!!
Have a lovely day, Bev :-)
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Noel_Byrne (20015) 2014-01-10 2:35
Now this puts my childhood tree house to shame! What a place to build for a child, and when I saw the thumbnail for this, I expected it to be accompanied by a tragic tale, as I find in Ireland that so many follies are built, but those they are built for die young or tragically and come back to haunt them, so its really nice to see that this cool little building was just a playhouse, and nothing morbid.
You chose a great composition on this too, off centre is perfect with no lens distortion, and the low view takes in the cool texture of the cobbles ground. Its a very grand staircase too, I can imagine a young girl having plenty of mock grand ceremonies here, and even a tunnel underneath for hide and seek!
I see a new glass roof too, I guess this is to let us mdoern viewers feel more comfortable in what would have been a dark place.
Great shot Bev, thanks as always
snunney (78711) 2014-01-10 3:00
Certainly makes for a splendid playhouse, but I would have thought it more appropriate to a boy, but then perhaps I am being sexist, Heaven forbid! The tight framing works well with the steps making a good invitation to enter and explore further. The rich red tones of the sandstone contrast well with the greyish sky. Very good rendering of the textural detail.
trevormoffiet (2218) 2014-01-10 3:00
Great note and image. Excellent clarity and well-considered composition. Also interesting to read your note to Noel; My wife's family name is Bath.
papagolf21 (82962) 2014-01-10 3:24
Bonjour, chère Bev,
En effet, quelle serait la jeune fille qui refuserait un tel cadeau, quoique, les jeunes ont changé aujourd'hui !
Nous serions surpris des demandes.
Quoi qu'il en soit, l'intérêt du sujet est manifeste.
Très bonne journée.
lousat (71351) 2014-01-10 4:28
Hi Bev,how is nice this small tower,it seems builth for a fairy tales movie...ehehe...great capture with the usual top quality despite the cloudy day and very interesting history in the note too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Sergiom (53699) 2014-01-10 5:20
Une très belle petite tour. Les escaliers sont impressionnants et la pierre est très belle. Le point de vue très bas donne de l'ampleur à l'ensemble.
timecapturer (44343) 2014-01-10 5:20
this looks wonderful, such rich red tones and textures. Love the enticing POV and the sharpness is just perfect. One lucky little girl eh! Beautiful starting point for Telford's future amazing structures.
Enjoy the coming weekend - B.
Was out in the wilds of West Sussex yesterday and the extent of the flooding is just phenomenal to see and that is after it has subsided a fair bit. Will be posting a few shots here soon. Lets just say I have webbed feet today. B.
Nicou (115198) 2014-01-10 5:22
sueprbe iamge de cette petit tour fantastique avec ces deux éentrée de cahaque côté sueprbe et cette couleur ocre le crénaux au sommet mervielleu.
Bravo et amitié
ikeharel (51431) 2014-01-10 7:14
Good evening Beverly,
The attached short video show the river and green surrounding to this tower, beautiful area.
The red-stone tower by itself an interesting structure, made of the local stones. good contrast to the grey paved pebbles.
Fine tone and texture it has and you very well collected this.
Corry (4506) 2014-01-10 9:27
Belle petite folie que d'offrir ce pavillon en cadeau à sa fille. La vue est magnifique depuis le sommet. Note intéressante. Bien fait.
SnapRJW (28828) 2014-01-10 21:33
Hello again Bev - A lovely shot with excellent colour, contrast and detailing. The solidity of the stone is beautifully apparent and you have managed a lovely delicate sky under tricky conditions. Which child would not love this as a play house? Nice for the parents too as they would not have to worry about clearing away the toys all the time! Enjoy your weekend. Rosemary
macjake (51294) 2014-01-16 8:51
now thats a unique looking building!
a Play House? I'd rather my father buy me a Mercedes!
but I have to admit, this is pretty darn cool too :)
very unusual but a great subject for photography.
fun link on YouTube too - thanks for that!
jacquest (18073) 2014-01-16 10:44
The vertical format and the tight framing allows a very good view on this tower. The good light enhances the colors ans the sharpness of the architectural details. I like the low POV which invites to climb the stairs.
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (25884)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-04-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-10 2:26