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Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn (by jamescharlick)
One of the many waterfalls near Ystradfellte along the Avon Mellte in the Brecon Beacons.
The water was thundering through after a period of heavy rain. Bumping into some canyoners along the walk, they mentioned the flow had picked up since that morning which meant it was raining again upstream somewhere.
I was walking fairly aimlessly and without a map so I missed a fair few of these. Guess I’ll have to buy that OS map after all…
Lloyds vs Willis (by jamescharlick)
The Lloyds Building in London is perhaps the most unusual building, architecturally speaking, in London. It was awarded Grade I listed status in 2011 - the youngest building to be awarded such a status.
This is the view straight up on Lime Street where you can see the “inside out” Lloyds Building reflected in the curved glass frontage of the Willis Building opposite.
Forsaken (by jamescharlick)
Built in around 1100, St Dunstan-in-the-East was a Church of England parish church on St Dunstan’s Hill, half way between London Bridge and the Tower of London in the City of London.
After suffering sever damage during the Blitz of 1941 where only the Tower and Steeple survived unscathed, the decision was made to turn the church ruins into a public garden rather than rebuild.
It is now a tranquil little oasis amid the bustle of London’s central business district.
Beehive (by jamescharlick)
Riverbank House is simply one of those places I stumbled upon whilst walking between locations.
Situated on the Thames between London and Southwark Bridges, it’s a relatively new 10 story building featuring balconies with striking yellow and white colouring.
So as everyone else pointed their cameras over the river towards The Shard, I pointed mine straight up.
Zenith (by jamescharlick)
Abbey Mills Pumping Station is a Victorian sewage pumping station dating back to 1865, nicknamed the Cathedral of Sewage because of it’s elaborate, ornate Byzantine architecture style.
The station takes it’s name from a water mill which was replaced by the pumping station and owned by the local abbey.
Abbey Mills was built in association with the Northern Outfall Sewer which was built in the 1860s to carry the increasing amount of sewage produced in London away from the centre of the city.
It is still in full working order and occasionally works as a back-up to the adjacent modern pumping station.
As you can imagine, walking around such a magnificent structure was quite an experience!
Roca (by jamescharlick)
The Roca Gallery London is a space designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for Roca - a leading bathroom brand. Design, innovation, sustainability and wellbeing are the hallmarks of Roca’s identity and the new Gallery presents information relating to these values to visitors through an evolving experience.
The design expresses the fluid relationship between Roca and Zaha Hadid Architects and their shared passion for innovation.
After seeing some images online how could I not visit such a bizarre architecturally fluid gallery?
Afon Mellte (by jamescharlick)
Running through an idyllic part of the Brecon Beacons, the River Mellte below the Sgwd Clun-gwyn falls was thunderously fast flowing this weekend following a week of heavy rain.
Unfortunately after some fairly extreme winds most of the lovely autumn leaves had already fallen, which made for a lovely wet carpet of “What am I standing on?” when climbing up and down banks and along the edge of muddy precipices.
I did get a lucky window in the weather, enough for a couple of hours walking. Can’t wait to visit again - ideally with an OS map so I don’t miss half of everything!
Memoirs (by jamescharlick)
This school occupies what used to be the estate mansion dating back to 1855, an estate which remained in the family until after WWII when it was eventually sold. The school finally closed in 1999 and the subsequent theft of the lead from the roof has led to some serious structural issues throughout.
This is a particularly old photo from around 15 months ago. I wasn’t very happy with my photos from the school since it was in such a bad state of disrepair and vandalism, but looking back this is actually a rather nice image I think.
Lower Lui Falls (by jamescharlick)
Up stream from where Lui Water joins the River Dee an artificial salmon ladder made up of stepped concrete basins was built next to these falls to help salmon migrate up the river, but was largely ignored by the salmon and has now fallen into disrepair.
You can just make out the remnants of the top half to the top left of the falls.
Sint-Salvator Cathedral (by jamescharlick)
Since the 10th century the Sint-Salvator was a common parish church, but in the late 18th century the French occupiers of Bruges threw out the bishop of Bruges and destroyed the Sint-Donatius Cathedral.
After Belgium’s independence in 1830 a new Bishop was sent to Bruges and Sint-Salvator was elevated to Cathedral status. However much building work needed to be done to develop the church into it’s new title, with a new tower and ceiling/roof being the major additions.
The cathedral is currently undergoing some extensive renovations so using a tripod was unfortunately prohibited for much of the visit. I think this was my only good shot.
Looper (by jamescharlick)
Built in 1841, the Ouse Valley Viaduct is 1,475 feet (450 m) long and 96 feet (29 m) high and is carried on 37 semi-circular arches. The bridge took 11 million bricks to construct and cost £38,500 to build.
Each pier contains a Jack arch with a semi-circular soffit to reduce the number of bricks required which is what this photo is taken looking through.
Unfortunately the soffits are on the most part high enough off the ground that I was unable to complete the lighting on the shapes at the bottom. I’m just too short.
I clearly needed a trampoline.