This mill on the River Avon has remained in a ruined state for many years. Beneath the rusting corrugated iron part of the building, the water wheel can just be seen.
"A mill on this site was first mentioned in 1585, and by 1712 it had expanded into two water powered grist mills and a water powered fulling mill, all under one roof. A few years later the fulling mill was being used as a mill for grinding dyestuffs for dyeing wool, but by 1737 it was again used as a fulling mill for felting and thickening the cloth.
It is likely that the grist mill part was demolished when the railway line was built in the valley, and from 1845 the fulling mill was converted to a grist mill with an undershot water wheel. From 1880 to the First World War the mill was used in the flock (bedding) business".
Wiltshire and Somerset Woollen Mills, by K.H. Rogers.
Shot in RAW - 1/15sec f3.7 ISO 200
76mm focal length [35mm equivalent]
Converted with Fuji Hyper Utility software
PP in PS Elements 1 and FastStone Image viewer
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snunney (84887) 2007-12-30 6:29
Some very nice tones and textures in this interesting composition. like the framing through the bare tress and the reflections.
saxo042 (37578) 2007-12-30 6:29
The rust against the green water create some fine contrasts here. The old building certainly looks interesting in this stage of decay. Also quite interesting to see the detailed satellite photo here with the canal leading across the railway and the river!
All the best for 2008 to you and your family!
wolf38 (31282) 2007-12-30 7:04
Hello Peter. An old mill. Motives, which one discovers when walking. Old and morbid. At a small green shining river. Coloured very beautifully. Worth seeing. Best regards, Wolfgang. HAPPY NEW YEAR
dougie (2966) 2007-12-30 7:10
You did well to maintain detail at 1/15! I always like these colours, the deep rusty reds and almost bottle greens. They go well together here. Thanks.
philsim (1914) 2007-12-30 21:58
An excellent composition Peter, with the trees framing on left and right. The white frame also works well. I saw an educational film recently where some Impressionist paintings were digitally removed from their ornate, gold, 19 Century frames and given white frames. The results were quite remarkable. The richness of the colour was enhanced considerably.
This is also an Impressionistic composition since you are using one of their 'tricks'. I refer to the use of complementaries, in this case red and green.
I wish you a happy and creative new year
macondo (18623) 2008-01-01 2:35
Hi Peter. You have developed a terrific collection of shots of English byways and interesting buildings and bridges. This one is no exception.
The framing by the trees is great, and the rich colour of the mill set against the late autumn tones and that magnificent colour in the water. Really good. Nicely framed too.
Happy new year to you, and all the best for 2008.
pablominto (53744) 2008-01-01 4:10
Always interesting to see examples of former days industrial and agricultural activities, but frankly this mill is in a poor state indeed!
Good point of view and a fine composition with the pond in front, amazing green water...
And I wish a HAPPY NEW YEAR will come your way!
Seasonal greetings from a chilly Norway,
- Copyright: Peter Geldart (graffer) (1800)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-11-24
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S9600, Fujinon 28-300, Kood Circular Polariser
- Exposure: f/3.7, 1/15 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-12-30 6:22