As soon as I saw this place, I thought that Craig (macjake) would just love it to bits - and I could imagine him jumping around with glee, setting up his tripod here, there and everywhere - and planning to make some wonderful HDR images from it.
This is Cambusnethan Priory (or Cambusnethan House) which lies hidden in a nice piece of countryside between the industrial town of Wishaw in North Lanarkshire and the River Clyde. It was designed by James Gillespie Graham and completed in 1820. It is also generally regarded as being the best remaining example of a Graham-built country house in the quasi-ecclesiastical style of the Gothic revival.
There was originally a Norman tower house near the site of the present building, and this was replaced by a manor house during the 17th century. The manor house burned down in 1810, and the present house was commissioned and built in 1820.
The "Priory" (it never was a true "priory" but rather a large stately home) was built for the Lockhart family of Castlehill and their family crest was carved above the main entrance and etched in every balustrade of the main staircase inside. The crest represents a casket, heart and lock and derives from the tradition that the ancestors of this family carried Robert the Bruce's heart back from the Holy Land. The site was also the birthplace of John Gibson Lockhart, Sir Walter Scott's biographer and later son-in-law.
This building was used latterly as a hotel and restaurant and then as a "mediaeval banqueting hall" but fell into disuse in 1984. It has since fallen into a dangerous state of disrepair and is now on the Buildings at Risk Register.
I am not sure what will become of this building but I suspect that it will be left to continue to decay. Unfortunately it now seems to attract vandals and "winos" who contribute to its attrition and litter the surrounding area with their discarded junk.
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macjake (54934) 2013-06-30 7:20
I'm just about going to bed, its 0715 here and i'm back from my Night shift from the hospital.
But i had to stop and thank you before i took my nap!!
thanks for the consideration and the thought, and you're spot on - i'd be all over this ol' fella!
So this is how it looks since being unused from 1984?
wow..how quickly it has fallen into despair!!!
Just look at this beauty, it has so much potential, its such a downer that it couldn't be saved.
I take it the roof is no longer intact either?
is there an entry that you can walk through?
any ghost stories? :)
its always more interesting when there's a ghost story!
Not only the structure, but its seems as if the entire grounds have been left for dead too...no maintenance being done.
the grey brooding skyline really adds to the overall atmosphere, as does the dark areas - as if the outer walls have been scarred by plumes of smoke and fire.
lots of photo opps here!
thanks for the shot :)
Noel_Byrne (22787) 2013-06-30 7:34
Really nice dedication and a fantastic subject. Like Craig, I too would be very pleased to stumble across a location such as this. It was actually ruined mansions and castles that drew me to photography!
There is a great sense of mood and drama here, the point of view you chose no doubt being part of that, but also the textures of the stonework and that blind circular window at the top. Seeing the plant life already begin to reclaim the place reminds us how quickly our marks on the landscape fade away to nothing. I do hope a building as beautiful as this can be saved though, such a shame if its allowed collapse.
All the best
drt100 (2053) 2013-06-30 8:09
Very interesting capture of a unique building lift to time and neglect. Nice commentary about it. Your point of view from the pizza box really adds to the impression. A perfect grey day to take this photo, aiding to the provocative mood. TFS drt100
Indrasish (2847) 2013-06-30 8:29
Great shot by you.. Wonderful picture.. I have nothing to suggest or explain.. Nice perspective and composition.. Superb image quality too.. Very well done..
Good evening from India..
holmertz (39529) 2013-06-30 9:03
H ello John,
If you can't find a red shirt for the foreground you'll have to use a red can :-).
The junk you so neatly included is certainly a part of the sad story of this place. On the other hand, if this building had been in a good shape today you couldn't have taken even half as interesting pictures here. Just look at the trees growing through the portico and the collapsed roof. Fascinating. As far as this photo is concerned it reminds me of one of Craig's HDR pictures. The contrasts and almost 3-dimensional impression looks to me as HDR.
By the way, that Chernobyl town you mention in your reply to Craig, Pripyat, is now a bit of a tourist attraction for the slightly adventurous. You can go there on a day trip from Kiev. Quite expensive, but Geiger metres seem to be provided.
carlo62 (30583) 2013-06-30 10:29
visto che c'è una pizza, non vorrei che la colpa ricadesse su di me ;)
Il degrado è ovunque, è altrettanto vero che è difficile tenere ogni cosa in ordine, ma la colpa principale è di chi lascia queste schifezze in giro.
Una bella nota che ci fa apprezzare maggiormente la foto, lo stile ecclesiastico si nota bene, infatti credevo si trattasse di una chiesa.
Nicou (119507) 2013-06-30 11:10
quelle compo et vue avec les déchets en premier plan vraiment dommage et cette édifice à l'abandon la végétation pousse de partout quelle vue.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37226) 2013-06-30 12:04
Very good colours, perfect sharpness, a very interesting old building! What more can you require to make a good photo? That´s right, some foreground colours... These items sadly turn the photo into a picture!
annjackman (18983) 2013-06-30 12:29
There is plenty to enjoy in this picture. The crumbling priory is beautifully photographed against a threatening sky. I also like the inclusion of the contrasting modern rubbish in the FG.
A super image and an interesting note too.
Best wishes, Ann
p.s. I can't view the whole picture at once which is a shame. Scrolling is a nuisance. Is this something to do with the new sizing? I can view some other vertical formats perfectly.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-06-30 15:56
Amazing shot with perfect details and splendid composition.Great colors and lightning usage.Very good POV and atmosphere.
Have a nice week
jjcordier (75174) 2013-06-30 23:28
C'est désolant de voir cette merveille architecturale laissée à l'abandon et de constater le sans gêne des gens qui laissent leurs détritus ici. Une photo très "parlante"!
emka (76433) 2013-06-30 23:38
Hi John, I am jealous, you think about Craig, and not me. Indeed, the view is sad. I know you deliberately show here this pizza and Coke junk, but I would prefer without it. It is such a nice building, what a pity it is in this state. And probably nothing will be done. you visit interesting places with camera club. excellent shot, really in Craig's style.
mjw364 (7276) 2013-07-01 1:44
Yes this place does appear to lend itself to a HDR type treatment, though I think more of a Darkocv HDR than a Macjake HDR, possibly.
I like the tones of the sky here - it is very North Wales, or very UK, the weather isn't the greatest wherever you wander with a camera in this country hence the rare glimpses of sunshine in my own gallery!
Good use of the rubbish in the FG which not only creates the FG interest but tells part of the story about this place - a photo documentary aspect to the shot. It's a shame that places like this end up ruined. I am fascinated when I wander around them in their ruined state but part of that is wondering what it looked like in it's heyday and imagining the people living there.
Good well composed and exposed shot, John.
delpeoples (52929) 2013-07-01 2:22
So would Lisa, but I really can understand how Craig would love it and get stuck into the HDR with it. Mariusz too. What a grand od place it must have been, so sad to read that it is now so decrepit and is "home" to people who have absolutely no respect for it. I can see why you included the rubbish as you did to make such a point. They provide a good (if unsightly) lead in for the eye. Excellent colours and the details are lovely.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
jhm (137652) 2013-07-01 3:12
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
A pity of the nice building, almost a ruin, nevertheless a wonderful architecture with the arches and nice old windows with a lot decorative elements.
On the foreground are the visitors real not exemplary with these waste.
You chose a very well angle this cares for nice depth and perspective.
Excellent quality, lovely presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Silvio1953 (119639) 2013-07-01 5:34
Ciao John, ugly objects in FG, great wiew of fascinating ruines, superb sky, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Kugart (1778) 2013-07-01 7:01
Was just looking back through some of your posts and the first one to grab my attention was this shot of the old priory. Nice the way you have taken the shot from a low angle to include the discarded rubbish in the foreground looking up towards the ruins of what was a beautiful building in its day. The overcast sky adds to the atmosphere of the scene.
williewhistler (13541) 2013-07-01 14:25
Hello John,it does seem a shame that the Priory has been allowed to deteriorate into it`s present state but you have taken full advantage of it`s condition to create the most atmospheric of shots aided by that lovely brooding sky.
I see that Ann is unable to view the whole picture,strangely enough the whole image fits on my PC screen nicely but not on the laptop,must be something to do with screen ratio I guess.
Best regards Les.
ACL1978 (7467) 2013-07-01 17:32
Craig certainly would, John - as I think would many of us! Looks like it would have been a beautiful old church in its prime, and I'm amazed to learn that all this decay has occurred in less than thirty years' time! A shame, but amazing how quickly nature reclaims itself from us. The trash in the corner is a nice statement by you as well.
I'm struck often by your shots as well as those of others in the UK, Ireland and Europe how many abandoned old churches and buildings there are. I suppose in the US we're starting to develop that now, as entire cities like Detroit are ghost towns, but it still strikes me as a cultural difference.
Thanks for the shot (and the thought!)
SnapRJW (30687) 2013-07-02 5:26
A moody shot John which, I think benefits from the dull sky and rubbish collected in the corner. These details add to the forlorn and dejected atmosphere. Beautifully managed but I do find the new sizing a pain as I cannot view the shot in its totality and get a proper look at the composition. Warm regards Rosemary
mkamionka (30084) 2013-07-02 8:54
I am glad you experiment a lot with the sizes of photos. I remember you told me about the new limits but I decided to stick to the past limits for a while to watch how it will develop. I guess the quality will become higher.
Here my first thought was that the waste in the foreground comes from the times when it was a restaurant :) but hopefully they don't serve frozen pizza in restaurants.
Beautiful architecture very well presented. I like the dark sky it adds a nice dramatic touch here.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (19774)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-28
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-30 6:31