Duncombe Park Country Fair

Took a trip along to the Duncombe Park Country Fair in Helmsley today for a few hours. Set in the grounds of one of Yorkshire’s most historic houses and estates this annual one-day event which was formed in 1982 celebrates all aspects of the countryside and is billed as the original country fair of Yorkshire.

On the list of things to see today were the hounds that were brought in from various hunts around the region and from across the country and which were shown in one of the arenas as well as a small selection that followed a tail across the fields. The pony and horse events of course were a regular feature as well as archery, clowns, the riding skills of the Equestrian Theatre Scotland, fly-fishing and loads more all set in the spectacular grounds of the park. So check it out next year you won’t be disappointed….

Here’s a few from this morning:

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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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Duncombe Park Steam Rally

The Steam Rally near Helmsley, England takes place in the magnificent surroundings of Duncombe Park during the first weekend of July each year. It brings together traction engines, working displays, vintage tractors, commercial and military vehicles, vintage cars and motorcycles attracting steam enthusiasts and visitors alike inviting them to take a step back in time and see how things used to be done back in the day….

Click on the first image to bring up the slideshow and then click on the picture to see the next….

 

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