Good Morning Everyone,
I was thrilled when I discovered this part of Lincoln for it really is living history. This amazing bridge, called High Bridge, dates back to Norman Times.
High Bridge History from R.W.Stokes & Sons:
The High Bridge, built over the river Witham, is one of the few mediaeval bridges in England with houses upon it. High street itself passes over the original portion of the bridge, which is a fine ribbed Norman Arch of 22-foot span, dating from about 1160. The dark vault beneath, formerly named The Murder Hole, now bears the romantic title of The Glory Hole. In mediaeval times the bridge was an important centre for the merchants of those days. Fish, brought up from the coast and also caught locally in the Witham itself, was sold on the bridge. Farmers from the surrounding district brought meat, either by boat or wagon, to be bartered at this busy spot. Under the bridge passed vessels, loaded with wool, on their way to Flanders, whilst above, on the bridge, porters stood around waiting to be hired. The bridge must often have assumed the appearance of an open-air market, swarming with life and activity.
In about the year1235, an addition was made to the eastern side of the bridge; namely, a chapel dedicated to St. Thomas a Becket of Canterbury. Unfortunately the reformation in 1594 led to its desecration, however it was later used by the Guild of Tanners and Butchers as an assembly room and by the middle of the eighteenth Century it was being used as a chandler’s shop and was finally pulled down in 1763. An Obelisk was erected to mark the site of the chapel and for many years this formed an object of interest for visitors to Lincoln, but it was removed in 1939. It was about 1540 that a further extension was made to the bridge and the half-timbered houses were built. In the nineteenth century the Victorians plastered over the picturesque front of these houses, covering over all the charm. Fortunately they were carefully restored in 1902 and most of the timber beams visible today are the original ones, dating back to the sixteenth Century.
I hope you enjoyed this step back in time.
Have a great w/e, Bev :-)
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mirosu (15126) 2014-02-14 1:55
Excellent composition, superb view of the nice house over the small river. Light and colors are excellent, the light reflections superb. There is a beautiful contrast against blue sky as well.
Very well done.
Wish you a nice, relaxing weekend.
lousat (81124) 2014-02-14 2:25
Hi Bev,i thought to be in Germany or east of France..ehehe...the desing of this bridge remember a lot the style of these countries.A magnificent capture from the heart of old Lincoln,i never been there and looks very interesting,perfect capture with the best exposure of the different light levels and great detail and colors.Have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano
holmertz (43747) 2014-02-14 2:25
This is really a lovely bridge and it's great that it has survived for so many hundreds of years. Although surrounded by slightly more recent buildings its location is still beautiful. You have used these other buildings very nicely in the composition as natural frames. The lovely sunshine certainly benefits the photo.
rbassin (19483) 2014-02-14 2:30
une bonne composition, bon point de vue avec le front composé de bâtiments historiques;
Une bonne perspective.
tyro (21620) 2014-02-14 2:36
Yes, I can just imagine how thrilled you must have been to come across this fabulous place, especially at a time when the lighting conditions were being so wonderfully kind to you too!
You have given us a wonderfully comprehensive note about the history of this amazing bridge too. But (and I only learned this very recently) be aware of certain modern day interpretations of the term "glory hole": slightly different to the term we gave for a cellar or tiny cupboard under the stairs!
As I said above, the light here is simply divine. However, the strong light has brought about some very strong contrasts but you have coped with them exceedingly well and we can still see full details in the deepest shadows and also in the brightest parts of the image.
Your tall "portrait" composition is both excellent and very pleasing with good lead-in lines and with the opening under the bridge perfectly placed in the frame. Lovely light and colours, fine reflections, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
yquem46 (38750) 2014-02-14 2:59
A very pleasant picture of this city very luminous and under a clear blue sky
very well composed with the canal leading our eye to the old bridge
Well done, have a nice WE
Kamilutka (8103) 2014-02-14 3:07
it is indeed interesting place and the note very nicely accompanies the picture. I can see some people in the room right above the bridge and I guess that must be some tea room or cafe. How lovely would be to stay there for a drink!
The architecture is very pretty and you presented it very well. The POV shows the whole bridge and also the houses surrounding it. The canal leads and eye towards the main object in the composition and reflections on the water make it prettier.
Thanks for sharing
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-14 3:08
Surely enjoyed your composition once again. Great framing by the wonderful old buildings by the side of the river. The railing acts as a nice lead line to the opening under the bridge. All that in the lovely afternoon light makes this a photo watch and admire, nicely done. Thanks for sharing.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-14 3:11
Yep! storming here again as I write this and study this wonderful shot of Lincoln. A superb POV with excellent light management make this so appealing and attractive. This old bridge looks just amazing in this immaculate shot. Love it!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2014-02-14 3:33
namaste, it is really interesting. I never saw such one anywhere. Excellent control over vastly contrasting light. Great colours. Excellent composition in vertical. Tfs.
adidas5nb (5685) 2014-02-14 4:04
a really beautiful city pic from england.love the depth seen through the water body.rare to see houses on bridge.great pov.thanx for sharing.
snunney (88391) 2014-02-14 4:45
A river view completely different to mine, but a very attractive one. I like the point of view and the light and shadow contrasts. Very good rendering of the architectural detail.
I can recommend a visit to Budapest, lots of interesting architecture, hearty food and drink and still reasonably cheap for a European capital.
Sergiom (65297) 2014-02-14 4:46
Je constate que vous avez de belles maisons à colombages en Angleterre aussi. Ici, tu as su bien manœuvrer les ombres dans le bas de l'image. L'ensemble est profond et net.
tenretin (2537) 2014-02-14 4:46
A beautiful image well composed and well exposed but lacking a bit of sharpness.
Noel_Byrne (26591) 2014-02-14 5:17
The light in this is really cool, it highlights the details of the buildings superbly, and they are beautiful buildings. I always love the Tudor style finish on buildings (Dublin Council demolished all the examples in my home city!!) . Its almost like peering into the past!
ChrisJ (102831) 2014-02-14 5:49
Only the fg rail is not pinsharp. Easily addressed using a higher f stop. I like the warm cold color contrasts and the reflections as well as the superb lead in lines and perspective. Good shadow detail and the covered bridge reminds me of Pont Vecchio in Florence. Tfs!
saxo042 (37602) 2014-02-14 7:16
This is a fine view with such an old building. We have all seen that old bridge in Florence but this house over the river looks equally interesting. I have checked the Google map and notice that Lincoln seem to be a very interesting city in many ways. I may have been here many years ago but can´t really remember much of this place. But this is a very pleasant view!
ikeharel (61491) 2014-02-14 8:12
Good evening Beverly,
Exploiting every available space, the brifge is still occupied by tenants, as we clearly can see through its windows.
Nice view in depth and under, the canal leads the viewer well behind the bridge, and along the parallel two sides promenades.
Fine light managed, three archi.-styles included on.
Have a nice weekend,
jemaflor (88199) 2014-02-14 8:22
Nice frame and excellent lioght management, I lik ethe contrast between rays of light and shadows, good result also with these reflections on the water, tfs.
Nicou (127866) 2014-02-14 9:15
quels reflet sur le plan d'eau sueprbe avec ce brillant et le passage et ces édifice très belle perspective et iamge sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
mesutilgim (88194) 2014-02-14 12:33
Very nice capture of this channel from Lincoln with perfect pov and layout.
Many usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
jcpix (13726) 2014-02-14 19:57
First off, a belated Happy Birthday! Sorry I'm so late to the party. :)
Ahh, what's better than these types of happy and unexpected surprises...always an added bonus for any shutterbug! It never ceases to amaze me what was built so long ago, how it was built, and the fact it's still around today...a true testament of the past.
This sure looks to have been some challenging light, why can't our cameras deal with it the same as our own eyes?? Wishful thinking, yeah? :) You've managed it superbly however, well balanced and resulting in showing every aspect with ample detail. Strong lead in line with the river bank fence, and small arch under the bridge for a focal point. Very well put together and showcased. Enjoy the weekend. Take care.
chawax (19710) 2014-02-14 23:07
A nice POV on this nice piece of medieval architecture. You had a very beautiful light. Not the one you have these days in UK from what I saw on TV !
emka (84209) 2014-02-14 23:31
it seems that only I was there in Lincoln and saw this bridge. You were lucky to have here fine weather, with blue sky everything looks more attractive. It was pouring when I was there but I liked Lincoln very much in spite of this. Excellent composition and good light management in rather difficult conditions of the deep shadows. stunning presentation of the fascinating place.
WArm regrads MAlgo
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-02-14 23:41
Your shots from Lincoln highlight aspects of the city I didn't know existed Bev. I worked for a while (as a student) at the coast near Grimsby, but never got to Lincoln itself. From this fine shot I can see that it has even more to offer than its castle and cathedral. Your composition makes good use of the sunlight as it floods the red bricks with warmth and adds attractive contrast to the shot. The old High Bridge is fabulous and I'm impressed that it is still standing and in good order after all the years since it was built.
Super post. Warm regards Rosemary
batalay (36505) 2014-02-15 6:33
Your highly informative note makes deems High Bridge a site I must see, especially in Lincolnshire. I've visited Woolsthorpe, birthplace of Isaac Newton, a number of times, but never went deep enough into Lincolnshire to see Lincoln. How remarkably well preserved is this ancient bridge.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-15 6:45
nella tua solita composizione moòto curata proponi un angolo tipicamente inglese con gli edifici in mattoni e con in più un edificio a ponte sul fiume che appare smagliante nella sua tipica e particolare architettura.
Sempre belli i colori ed apprezzabile la nitidezza.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Cricri (110295) 2014-02-17 11:09
Bel angle de prise, une partie sur le chemin et le canal, intéressante architecture, sous un joli jeu ombre et de lumière, bonne profondeur, belle réalisation
npecanhuk (69166) 2014-02-18 3:48
Truly beautiful architectural details and urban environment!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, management of difficult light, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent here too!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (32641)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-14 1:45