Photographer's Note

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Though it has been a true winter's day, with uncertain forecasts of snow, I decided to take a quick walk to Wycoller, camera in hand, to see what I could find.

I have posted photographs from this lovely ancient hamlet before, but different seasons, different lighting conditions offer new opportunities.

This is a shot I know I have never taken before, with three historic images in one shot.

In the foreground is the clapper bridge. Historians have argued over this regularly and have dated from as early as the 13th century to as late as the 18th century! It has various local names including Druid's Bridge, Weaver's Bridge and Hall Bridge all helping to weave further mystery!

In the background, you can just make out the packhorse bridge. This is a most unusual bridge, with two arches one very oddly shaped, as if it is about to collapse! This is thought to have been constructed somewhere between 15th - 16th centuries.

And lastly, across the stream are the ruins of the 16th century Wycoller Hall. This is famous as being the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre'.

It is one of the few times that I have been to Wycoller when there were hardly any Visitors around. Because it was so quiet, I actually managed to see a couple of deer. I was just preparing my camera when they hurdled a fence, as if it wasn't there, and disappeared! Dam!!!

Thank you for sharing my locality. I hope you like it, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5367 W: 265 N: 12194] (49016)
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