The first few photos show an attempt at capturing the slightly ethereal atmosphere on a little-used railway platform, whose past splendour has definitely seen better days. It was a risky move, as I was moving into train-spotter territory (that fascinating and socially elusive of species). The little boy and what I would presume to be his train-driving dad, skipping along the platform, on his way to work, I thought rather lovely. Thinking back to my own childhood, I probably would have […]
I found these scrupulously carved ‘tags’ in Shrewsbury Library, previously being Shrewsbury School. These wooden panels run around the entirety of the large classroom upstairs, many dating from the end of the 18th century. The school building, with architectural features going back to the 1560s, received extensive restoration and renovation work in the conversion to a public library. Fortunately, these delightful and personal reminders of the building’s history still remain.
“The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to see something… To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.” Yes, this IS John Ruskin again, and yes you are better off for becoming acquainted with it.
Under lock and key, Ditherington Flax Mill, a 15 minute walk from the centre of Shrewsbury, is the earliest iron-framed building in the world, and thus termed the ‘Godfather of skyscrapers’. Needless to say, I was prevented from exploring on account of the military grade fencing, so was only able to capture shots from the fringe; this is my favourite. http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle_print.aspx?uid=1270576&showMap=1&showText=1