Whitby Abbey Illuminated

A spectacular light display illuminates the historic Whitby Abbey during a press evening ahead of four nights of illumination leading up to Halloween and the popular Whitby Goth Weekend. The abbey was part of the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, and will feature performances from the novel within the ruins in the event organised by English Heritage

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Clifford’s Tower

English Heritage re-enactors prepare to leave Clifford’s Tower in York on foot and horseback as they follow the 300-mile route of King Harold to the site of the Battle of Hastings. The journey marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 where the forces of King Harold and Duke William of Normandy met in battle on October 14, 1066 on the outskirts of Hastings. William won the battle and was crowned king on Christmas day 1066. The battle marked the beginning of the Norman conquest of England.

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Hadrian’s Wall Live

The lives of Roman Legionnaires were re-enacted during the Hadrian’s Wall Live event at Birdoswald and Housesteads Roman forts over the weekend. The event which was organised by English Heritage brought together over 120 re-enactors from around Europe to create a living history camp for visitors to the ancient Roman forts on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland and Cumbria. During the weekend the sights, sounds and smells of Roman and Barbarian life from around 124 AD were recreated with battle tactics, patrolling, camp life, cooking skills and equipment demonstrated. Hadrian’s Wall stretches 73 miles from sea to sea across the north of England and is a World heritage site.

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Legio 1 Italica

Roman soldiers from the Italian re-enactment group Legio 1 Italica took part in a weekend of authentic events organised by English Heritage this weekend that were based around Roman military history on Hadrian’s Wall at Birdoswald Roman Fort. The 130-strong group aimed to bring alive the typical life of Roman soldiers based in this area at around AD 124. They recreated the activities such as combat skills, battle tactics, general camp life as well as demonstrating traditional cooking skills and equipment.

The event also saw the Roman soldiers clash with Barbarian warriors as they skirmished on the battlefields.

I spent a couple of days shooting pictures of the re-enactors as they brought history to life….

 

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Rievaulx

Set in the deep valley of the River Rye in North Yorkshire Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley started life as a timber structure and evolved through four stages of design, before eventually declining into one of the pre-eminent medieval ruins in Europe.

Rievaulx was one of the first Cistercian abbeys to be founded in England. Surrounded by a massive agricultural and industrial estate, staffed by lay brothers, it was intended as the focus of a substantial family of other houses throughout northern Britain. Suppressed in 1538, the existing monastic ironworks was developed by new owners, the earls of Rutland. Incorporated into the parkland of Duncombe Park, the shattered abbey ruins became a popular subject for Romantic artists in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Abbey retains some of the earliest surviving buildings of the Cistercian order in Europe. Later it became the site of iron-making experiments that pre-figured the Industrial Revolution. A beacon for Romantic poets and painters, and latterly for scholars, the abbey was one of the first major ruins to be conserved by the Office of Works, beginning in 1919.

 

I shot this series of pictures primarily as silhouettes as the grey skies, rain and dramatic shapes within the ruins lend themselves to this approach and can hopefully make for some dramatic images.

All pictures shot with Leica M9 and a Summicron 35mm f2 lens. Edited in Lightroom

 

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, NorthYorkshire

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