Today I wanted to share a few of my pictures with everyone on here. I would like your opinions and criticisms please
I braved bouts of vertigo and squeezed up a slippery and winding stair into the Observation Tower at Lincoln Castle to capture this view. There was no way I was waiting for the cloud to move away as it was I am surprised I got a decent picture with all my shaking. The Magnificent magnificent 11th-century Cathedral, standing on top of Lincoln edge
Lincoln Cathedral (in full The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, or sometimes St. Mary's Cathedral) is a historic cathedral in Lincoln in England and seat of the Diocese of Lincoln in the Church of England. It was the tallest building in the world for over 200 years, but the central spire collapsed in the sixteenth century and was not rebuilt. It is highly regarded by architectural scholars; the eminent Victorian writer John Ruskin declared, "I have always held... that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have."
William the Conqueror ordered the first cathedral to be built in Lincoln, in 1072. Before that, St. Mary's Church in Lincoln was a mother church but not a cathedral, and the seat of the diocese was at Dorchester Abbey in Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Lincoln was more central to a diocese that stretched from the Thames to the Humber. Bishop Remigius built the first Lincoln Cathedral on the present site, finishing it in 1092 and then dying two days before it was to be consecrated on May 9 of that year. About fifty years later, most of that building was destroyed in a fire. Bishop Alexander rebuilt and expanded the cathedral, but it was destroyed by an earthquake about forty years later, in 1185.
This memorial effected me I was deeply moved and appalled by the story of these poor hapless and unfortunate young men
Shot at Dawn at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas Staffordshire. During the First World War some 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers were shot for desertion or cowardice in most cases the soldier was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or shell shock. Many of them were sentenced after a short trial without opportunity for a proper defence. Many of the soldiers were young in their late teens or very eary twenties. ‘Shot at Dawn’ is modelled on Private Herbert Burden, of the 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, who was shot at Ypres in 1915 and one of the few who were only aged 17 who lied about their age to serve. Private Burden is buried at Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres
Not one of the executed soldiers would be shot today - the military death penalty was outlawed in 1930. But psychologist Dr Petra Boynton believes that, even 90 years ago, there was no excuse for killing soldiers who were so obviously under the most extreme stress.
In August 2006 all 306 soldiers of the First World War who were shot at dawn for cowardice or desertion were granted posthumous pardons by the British Government
Shot at Dawn is one of the photographs I am exhibiting at my local library with Flickr Nottingham Group
Wollaton's Red Deer. Wollaton Hall is a country house standing on a small but prominent hill in Wollaton, Nottingham, England. Wollaton Park is the area of parkland that the stately house stands in. The house itself is a natural history museum, with other museums in the out-buildings. The surrounding land is regularly used for large scale outdoor events such as rock concerts and festivals.
Wollaton was built between 1580 and 1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby and is believed to be designed by the Elizabethan architect, Robert Smythson, who was the architect of Hardwick Hall. The building is of Ancaster stone from Lincolnshire, and is said to have been paid for with coal from the Wollaton pits owned by the Willoughbys
The grounds, Wollaton Park, are the home to the Intercounties Cross Country trials in March of each year, as well as many other events.
The enclosure of Wollaton Park required the destruction of the village of Sutton Passeys. It was enclosed by Henry Willoughby, 6th Baron Middleton with a 7 mile red brick wall, at the start of the nineteenth century. Originally 790 acres, land sales have reduced the park to 500 acres.
The park is home to a herd of Red Deer and Fallow Deer.
The Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species. The Red Deer inhabits most of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region, Asia Minor and parts of western and central Asia. It also inhabits the Atlas Mountains region between Morocco and Tunisia in northwestern Africa, being the only species of deer to inhabit Africa. Red Deer have been introduced to other areas including Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. In many parts of the world the meat (venison) from Red Deer is used as a food source.
Recently it was chosen to be the new home of Batman for the up an coming movie in 2012 and its only 4 miles up the A52 from the real Gotham