A view of the 14th century gatehouse to the Bishop's Palace in Wells, Somerset.
A little information from Wikipedea, the fount of all knowledge:
The Bishop's Palace and accompanying Bishops House at Wells in the English county of Somerset, is adjacent to Wells Cathedral and has been the home of the Bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.
Building of the palace started around 1210 by Bishops Jocelin of Wells and Reginald Fitz Jocelin. The chapel and great hall were added by Bishop Robert Burnell between 1275 and 1292. The walls, gatehouse and moat were added in the 14th century by Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury. The Bishops House was added in the 15th century by Bishop Thomas Beckington. The great hall later fell into disrepair and was partially demolished around 1830.
The palace was originally surrounded by a medieval deer park. When the walls were built streams were diverted to form the moat as a reservoir. In the 1820s the grounds within the walls were planted and laid out as pleasure grounds by Bishop George Law, who created a reflecting pond near the springs. Parts of the buildings are still used as a residence by the current bishop, however much of the palace is now used for public functions and as a tourist attraction.
The original picture was taken on slide film. It has been digitised and cleaned up as far as possible using Photoshop. Apologies for any remaining imperfections.
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Noel_Byrne (16219) 2014-01-23 23:50
I look at this and think that if the gatehouse, then the palace must be something fairly spectacular! This is bigger than most castles I know in Ireland, and its a wonderful work of architecture. A very pleasing view on the place too, the tree on the right adds a lovely fresh feel to it, I can almost feel the breeze. Lovely positioning on the water too.
All the best
emka (67299) 2014-01-23 23:50
The castles on water look so romantic! beautiful view of this Gate House. You made a splendid job with this old slide. Unfortunately, I can't do anything with my slides, the quality is so bad.
Warm regards Malgo
jemaflor (76610) 2014-01-23 23:52
Une construction imposante et bien cadrée avec ta présentation, bonne luminosité mais quelques aspects parasitent le rendu avec ces quelques lignes verticales en surimpression sur la droite.
subhendu_bagchi (23613) 2014-01-23 23:57
this building has a nice architectural value as well as historic. Excellent built quality. Nice looking. Great composition with fine details and nice depth. A very good one. Tfs.
dkmurphys (44082) 2014-01-24 0:14
Nice capture of this riverside entrance. I like it, so old ... I had 3 years when this photo was taken :P
Have a good day!
jurek1951 (38942) 2014-01-24 0:36
great view, the composition is very spectacular, beautiful architectural details and the POV is superb,
Nicou (109695) 2014-01-24 2:55
Superbe image et cpatage fantastique quel étang en premier plan et ce rendu sur la pierre, ces crénaux qui se découpent sueprbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
Royaldevon (23410) 2014-01-24 3:43
Sometimes we have to live with imperfections to appreciate the greater experiences.
This is a really well balanced shot of tower, trees and water; each gets impact from the others
It was a lovely day to have such fine reflections in the water.
The corner, with fleur de lis posts, creates depth.
Have a great w/e,
timecapturer (40248) 2014-01-24 4:36
despite the obvious age and slight imperfections this conversion into digital has presented here, it is still a perfectly detailed and beautiful image. Looks impressive and prompts me a mental note to re-visit Wells soon.
Enjoy the weekend - B.
Sergiom (48970) 2014-01-24 5:35
Ce scan est malheureusement très lin d'être réussi et les couleurs ont quelque chose de faux.Tu devrais probablement continuer avec ton escapade en Italie.
Corry (3402) 2014-01-24 10:27
Malgré une qualité d'image discutable, le point de vue est très beau sur cet imposant palais avec l'eau en avant-plan. Salutations.
pierrefonds (52578) 2014-01-24 11:01
La numérisation a laissé un voile sur la photo ce qui affecte légèrement la netteté. Les arbres cadre bien la tour. La prise de vue permet de voir une partie des détails de la tour. Bonne soirée.
carlo62 (22341) 2014-01-26 0:44
sembra incredibile, ma sono trascorsi ben 40 anni da questo scatto....
La foto rimane apprezzabile, il luogo è sicuramente intatto, per cui è un'immagine ferma nel tempo, ben composta e con bei riflessi.
Fis2 (78776) 2014-01-26 4:15
Beautiful stons walls.
I like frame and delicate colors.
amaryllis (32599) 2014-01-26 5:50
malgré des petites imperfections que tu nous as signalées, il reste néanmoins un beau chateau de pierre, avec lle pont levis je pense, entouré d'eau
une belle présentation, dommage
RhodieIke (10379) 2014-01-27 5:30
No apology needed for the digitised of this super slide from the past of this magnificent gate house. We forget about these old slides all to quickly in the present digitised age.
Super image, well done.
delpeoples (50271) 2014-01-30 3:36
Salut cher Stephen
An oldie but a goodie. The scan obviously has its imperfections, I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that. But the most important thing is that you captured the moment and have kept the memory of this enchanting place. The reflection on the water is lovely.
Warmest wishes, have a great day