Criccieth Castle


Photograph of Criccieth Castle in North Wales taken on a windy day as Storm Doris hit the UK on 23 February 2017.

Criccieth Castle was famously painted by J. M. W. Turner in about 1835 as part of his series depicting shipwrecked  mariners; see Tate.

Criccieth Castle circa 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

It looks much stormier in Turner’s picture and he has also turned the castle around to improve the composition.

Hellfire Caves


A modern garden table and a stone face at the window photographed inside the Hellfire Caves (also known as the West Wycombe Caves) near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

The caves are a network of man-made chalk and flint caverns, excavated between 1748 and 1752, extending 500 metres underground. They were owned by Sir Francis Dashwood and came to be used for meetings of his club which later became known as the Hellfire Club.

The caves are now a tourist attraction.

Hambleden Cottages


Row of Cottages in the village of Hambleden, Buckinghamshire.

Hambleden has often been used as a location for films, for example; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Witches, 101 Dalmatians and Sleepy Hollow. It also features in several episodes of the television series Midsomer Murders. More recently it has been a main location for the ITV television series Endeavour, Series 4, Episode 4, Harvest.

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Wolfhampcote Church


A bright and frosty morning in Wolfhampcote, Northamptonshire.

The old village of Wulfencote was abandoned sometime in the 14th century (possibly due to plague) and is now classified as a deserted medieval village.

The church remains to this day and is still in use.