Seagull On The Harbour Wall

Whilst I was working on photographing the bridges for this week’s desktop wallpaper, I was being watched by this gull, which very happily sat on a nearby wall keeping a beady eye on me.

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Diverted Traffic Fire Escape

The work to partially pedestrianise St Mary’s Street in the centre of Cardiff has led to some amusingly placed “diverted traffic” signs in the area. This one is my absolute favourite, as it appears to be directing traffic into the fire escape of one of the city centre pubs.

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Royal Tweed Bridge, Berwick upon Tweed

Here’s another shot from this week’s wallpaper theme of the three bridges of Berwick upon Tweed. Yesterday I had a shot underneath the Royal Tweed Bridge; today’s choice is a more conventional photograph of the bridge, taken from the eastern bank.

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Millennium Stadium Supports

Most people walking to the bus station or to Cardiff Central railway station pass along Wood Street, but if you cut down onto Park Street instead (which runs parallel to Wood Street), you can be treated to this striking contrast of the support structures of the world-famous Millennium Stadium with these office block windows behind.

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Aberdare House

Mount Stuart Square, a designated conservation area since 1980, is home to something like 60 listed buildings. Some of these listed buildings are considered landmark buildings; some are not.

Aberdare House isn’t one of the landmark buildings, but when I recently wandered around the square with my camera, the carvings above the door really caught my eye. Sadly, I’ve been unable to learn much about its original history to date; if you know more about the building, please leave a comment below.

What I did find was that, 1933, it was the registered office of Bwllfa & Cwmaman Ddu Collieries Ltd, a company which operated nine coal mines in the Aberdare area, outputting one million tonnes of coal a year. By 1937, the company had changed its name to just Bwllfa & Cwmaman Collieries Ltd, and had moved its registered office to London. Both companies were run by Sir David Richard Llewellyn, a leading member of the coal mining industry in South Wales who was made a Baronet in 1922.

Today, Aberdare House is used by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and first round auditions for all of their 2010 acting programme will be held here. There also appears to be residential premises upstairs too; I found a mention of the sale of a flat back in 2007.

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Underneath The Royal Tweed Bridge

My choice of wallpaper today is this shot looking along the underneath of the Royal Tweed Bridge in Berwick upon Tweed.

This bridge is the main road bridge into and out of the town centre, and from the car you can clearly see the Royal Border Bridge that I chose yesterday. But get out of the car and have a good wander around, and there are popular footpaths along the banks of the Tweed that take you underneath all of the bridges, giving you different views such as this one.

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Melingriffith Water Pump Is Being Restored

In March 2010, the Melingriffith Water Pump was carefully removed from its site and taken up to Penybryn Engineering for some much-needed restoration work. It was last restored in the 1980’s by the Oxford House Historical Society, but sadly the wood used at the time has not weathered well and is need of replacement. At the time of writing, the Friends of Melingriffith website has no update on when the restoration will be complete (it may be done by the time you read this blog post!)

Here’s a shot from my 2007 blog article about the Melingriffith Tin Works, showing the wheel in situ:

The Melingriffith Water Pump

I can’t wait to see it restored and returned to its original site once more, and will potter on over with the camera once it has been.

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Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all) | facebook: (Merthyr Road project) (all).

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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Melingriffith Water Pump Is Being Restored

In March 2010, the Melingriffith Water Pump was carefully removed from its site and taken up to Penybryn Engineering for some much-needed restoration work. It was last restored in the 1980’s by the Oxford House Historical Society, but sadly the wood used at the time has not weathered well and is need of replacement. At the time of writing, the Friends of Melingriffith website has no update on when the restoration will be complete (it may be done by the time you read this blog post!)

Here’s a shot from my 2007 blog article about the Melingriffith Tin Works, showing the wheel in situ:

The Melingriffith Water Pump

I can’t wait to see it restored and returned to its original site once more, and will potter on over with the camera once it has been.

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Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all) | facebook: (Merthyr Road project) (all).

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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Royal Border Bridge, Berwick upon Tween

Good morning!

This week, I’m going to start sharing some of the photos I recently took on holiday in Northumberland, starting with the bridges of Berwick upon Tweed. If you’ve never been, it’s a very beautiful corner of the UK, and a very peaceful place to go on holiday to boot. We had a great time, and I hope you enjoy the shots I’ve brought back.

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The community centre at Trallwn in Pontypridd is typical of many in the valleys. Originally a mission hall, it has been extended and converted into a great resource for the local community. The result is an exterior that at first glance appears old, like the terraced houses around it appear old, but look closer, and the mixture of old and new make for an interesting subject for my camera.

The Photos

Gate To The Community Centre

Plants Growing Out Of The Wall

Fence And Yellow

Fastening The Litter Bin To The Telegraph Pole

Extractor Fan Grill

Down The Drain

Drain Pipe On The Wall

Drain Pipe, Leaves and Vent

Grit Salt

Bethania, 1908

The Old Entrance To The Hall

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