Friday, 21 January 2011


Angle not Angel.. This corner shot of St Nicolas here in Newbury emphasises the angles of the stonework, aided by the diffuse sunlight from the south east. Our ugly friend in the top corner has appeared on these pages before, while the lion bottom right seems to have fallen asleep.

I assume stonemasons get bored with shaping line after line of straight edges and have  a craving for a carving which leaps out of the corners.

You can find this lovely luminous and angular experience under the entrance to the great house at Basildon Park in Berkshire. The deeply rusticated stone and the warm daylight combined to make a very tempting target on our visit one summer. This shot is a matter of timing. You have to imagine the place full of tourists. Catching an empty moment takes some planning and patience.

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