Landscapes and Post-Industrial South Wales

Stuart enjoys taking great photos and uncovering the stories behind them.

His main photography project is Merthyr Road - a look at the history and the legacy of the industrialisation of the South Wales Valleys.

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Watching Over The Dead

My theme this week is the magnificent tomb of Sir Ralph Grey, in the Church of St Peter at Chillingham, following on from last week’s Five Windows.

Above the impressive tomb of Sir Ralph Grey, this figure watches over husband and wife together for eternity.

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Elizabeth FitzHugh, Wife Of Sir Ralph Grey

My theme this week is the magnificent tomb of Sir Ralph Grey, in the Church of St Peter at Chillingham, following on from last week’s Five Windows.

Next to Sir Ralph Grey lies his wife Elizabeth FitzHugh … not to be confused with Elizabeth’s niece, also known as Elizabeth, who as grandmother to Catherine Parr, is a distant relative of today’s Royal Family. As magnificent as the figure of Sir Ralph is, he sadly lies mostly in shadow, whilst his wife gets to bask in the light streaming in through the main window of the church.

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Sir Ralph Grey

My theme this week is the magnificent tomb of Sir Ralph Grey, in the Church of St Peter at Chillingham, following on from last week’s Five Windows.

There isn’t a lot of information online about Sir Ralph Grey (1406-1443), and unusually he doesn’t seem to grace the pages of Wikipedia at all. When you get to see this wonderful tomb in person, with its magnificent alabaster figures of Sir Ralph and his wife Elizabeth, and the intricate detail of the sandstone that they rest upon, it’s all the more surprising. It is said that he was the captain of Roxburgh Castle in 1436 when the Scots laid siege to it, and you can find a little about his family online too.

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Sir Ralph Grey

My theme this week is the magnificent tomb of Sir Ralph Grey, in the Church of St Peter at Chillingham, following on from last week’s Five Windows.

There isn’t a lot of information online about Sir Ralph Grey (1406-1443), and unusually he doesn’t seem to grace the pages of Wikipedia at all. When you get to see this wonderful tomb in person, with its magnificent alabaster figures of Sir Ralph and his wife Elizabeth, and the intricate detail of the sandstone that they rest upon, it’s all the more surprising. It is said that he was the captain of Roxburgh Castle in 1436 when the Scots laid siege to it, and you can find a little about his family online too.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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In the summer of 2009, Mrs H and I went on an ill-fated fortnight’s holiday in beautiful North Wales, basing ourselves just outside of Barmouth. Although some of the photos I took that fortnight have featured in my desktop wallpaper series, this is the first time that I’ve pulled together all the shots taken on holiday by theme.

Our route back from Llangollen also took us past the beautiful lake at Bala. Sadly, at the end of such a long day, my camera batteries were pretty much dead, but I did manage to snag this shot before they gave up on me.

Boats on Bala Lake

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Project 25×9, because some photos deserve a wider perspective …

Crossing To Holy Island

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Project 25×9, because some photos deserve a wider perspective …

Crossing To Holy Island

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St Cuthbert's Chapel Window

My theme this week is “Five Windows”, a small collection of photos of windows taken during our holiday in Berwick-upon-Tweed in 2010, and to finish the week, I’ve picked this photo of the stained glass window of St Cuthbert’s Chapel on the Farne Islands, off the Northumberland coast.

I don’t want to say too much about the Farne Islands just yet – there are plenty of photos to come from our boat trip out to the islands over the coming weeks. But it is worth saying a few words about St Cuthbert, who is strongly associated with Lindisfarne / Holy Island just up the coast from the Farne Islands. He settled on the Farne Islands twice, once to retire from his responsibilities, and then a second time just months before he died on Inner Farne Island.

Sadly, there is no trace today of the building that St Cuthbert build for himself. The chapel you can visit today was build around 1300. This window depicting him was added in the 19th century by Charles Thorp.

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Footpath Sign

Seen during a recent visit to Tonteg Junction, a former railway route converted into the Church Village bypass.

At the time of publishing, Google Maps still shows Tonteg Junction as it was before the construction of the bypass began.

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The Window And The Cross

My theme this week is “Five Windows”, a small collection of photos of windows taken during our holiday in Berwick-upon-Tweed in 2010.

This is one of the windows from the Church of St Peter at Chillingham, a small church dating back to Norman times. Once through the door, when you turn to the right, at the far end of the church hangs this metal cross in front of a plain white window. It’s quite striking in person, standing out as it does from the green grass on the hill behind.

But even this isn’t what makes the Church of St Peter remarkable, for it houses one of finest tombs found outside of any cathedral or minster here in the UK, and that’s a theme I’ll be returning to for next week’s wallpapers.

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