The poachers cottage

This is an old derelict cottage near where we live and its been left abandoned for as long as I can remember. Its well hidden in the overgrowth and not visible unless you know its there, there is a pub across the road from it called “The poachers cottage” so I’m assuming they are referring to this one as it sits at the old gated entrance of an large outdoor estate.

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I’ve tried to do a bit of digging and find out a bit more history about the building and to possible discover why it has been left rotting for so long but is still securely protected by a huge metal fence.  Unfortunately the only thing I managed to uncover was that it was home to the estates gardener at one point.

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The roof has completely rotten away leaving only the beams remaining and exposing the buildings interior to the elements. All the windows and doors have been sealed and judging by the ivy trails running all over them it was some time ago.


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I’ve edited this photograph to give a feel of the eyrie and neglectful atmosphere that surrounds the cottage. By enhancing the shadows and pulling out the detail it gives the picture a more sinister tone.

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A rainy day full of decay…

We decided to stop being lazy and get off the sofa yesterday afternoon and go for a wander down the local canal with Superbear. The weather was a bit drizzly so we spent half the time hiding under a bridge to stop the cameras from getting wet but once the showers past we continued on our stroll along the Canal path through Longport to the back of Middleport.

An area with a massive industrial history, the canal is lined with derelict buildings right through to Hanley and Stoke. Photographing old buildings seems to be my thing at the minuet so I’ve picked a few shots out for a short post in between the larger Stallington Hall ones.


This is one of the original metal post signs that sit on canal footpaths  up and down the country. I have no idea where either of these places are but I just liked the style and thought it would make a good close up shot, however I did have to retake this shot on the way back after accidentally deleting the first while try to free up some space on my memory card oops!

Its been shot with the 24x zoom in order to fill the frame and keep it all in focus. I’ve then had a play around in Photoshop with the colours and used an effect to make the peeling paint more contrasting against the white base.


This is a shot of the back of the disused Prices Teapots factory in Longport, I’m virtually sat in the wet grass to get some of it into the frame set against the building as I was experimenting with trying to get different textures into the picture as well as different view points and levels.


One of the brick kiln used at the Middleport Pottery factory shot with the sunlight shining against it. I’ve played around massively with this one trying to give it a sketchy arty feel and its definitely one of my favourites. I like the way the huge Kiln dominates the picture and the scale of it can be seen with its size contrasting against the small factory roof and windows. I also thought that by using a mono coloured frame it gives the photo a harder industrial impact.


A factory sitting on the canal banks and although it has obviously been vandalised the broken windows still made a interesting photo.


We walked along the Canal through to Middleport and came off just after the Steelite factory as we had spotted a few streets of boarded up houses. I knew the majority had been knocked down to make way for the new Steelite factory extension but it seems they had missed a few streets which was a bonus for us.


Every single house on these few streets had been boarded up with metal sheeting and caging giving it quite a uneasy feel. The Specials “Ghost Town” came to mind when I was snapping away here and I’ve tried to show this with the picture.


A more front focused shot with this one, its been layered in Photoshop with the original background colours blended through the black and white top layer to bring out the details of the rust on the metal sheeting but still keeping some of the melancholy mood to the picture.


I just liked this one because 13 is my lucky number however this did not look like a lucky door. The orange scuff marks and scratches  have been enhanced to show the damage to the door with the council seizure note still attached to the front. This area of The Potteries used to be a hugely populated and thriving area with a lot of the local families working in the surrounding factory’s and pot banks, however the decline of the local pottery industry has contributed massively to the abandonment of most of the buildings and the lonely atmosphere here is a sign of times gone by.



York Minster, North Yorkshire.

We visited York for 2 days over Easter this year and took the opportunity to take some fantastic photographs of the town and York Minster.

York Minster is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe and its full name being  the Cathedral and Metropolitical church of St Peter’s of York.  It was built over 250 years ago between 1220 and 1472.

It has a hugely important heritage to the city of York with the remains of Basilica, the ceremonial centre of the Roman fortress discovered beneath the grounds of the Minster. On July the 9th 1984 a fire believed to have been started by a lightning strike to the Cathedral destroyed most of the roof in the south transept and took over four years to complete the repairs.

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We decided to edit them in black and white to try and capture the gothic type atmosphere that surrounds the Minster and to give a sense of the haunting but grand building and its beautiful features.

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I took this shot outside the main entrance in to the Cathedral looking directly up at the building. We were blown away by the sheer intricate detail that had being painstakingly carved into the stonework and features of the building as well as all of the exterior mouldings.The panel stained glass windows are visible in this shot along with the grand circular window at the top of the building.

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This photo was taken in the main hall of York minster, I tried to get as much of the ceiling in without actually lying on the floor and getting trampled on by hundreds of tourists. We visited on Good Friday and they were holding various Easter services inside the Minster, this created a lovely atmosphere and although I’m not religious it was still moving to be at that place at that time.

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Another shot of the ceiling and arch ways inside the corridors of the Minster. The moulding on the ceiling are continuous throughout the building and have been finished to an extravagant standard with a lot of the smaller feature mouldings finished in gold.

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I absolutely adore this photo and would love to say I had taken it but unfortunately it was the fine work of M. He seems to have a good eye for detail that I usually miss and is able to picture things as a shot before he even picks a camera up. It was originally shot in colour but I have edited to fit in with this collection of photographs. There are various statues around the Cathedral, this one of a crying cherub was a beautiful choice on M’s part.


Finally another one of my shot of some of the panel stained glass windows, these are prominent through out and add to the complete  grandeur and beauty of the Minster. The fantastic and breath taking detail covers absolutely every inch of the interior and its hard not to be blown away by the scale of it.