On Sunday I pottered over to Finchingfield to have a look at the Church there and see if there were any opportunities to get some interesting pictures of the village itself.

As you can see, showers were never far away…

I was quite lucky with the weather, it meant Finchingfield wasn’t as thronged as it can be which meant I got some decent pictures of the village, the thatched cottages, the green and the windmill.


Pictures you see of Doctors Pond are usually taken from the North Street end of the pond looking towards Star Lane and the tennis courts, and that’s fair enough it’s an obviously attractive picture. This picture, on the other hand, is taken from the Rosemary Lane side looking towards Dunmow town itself.

You can see the Tea Tree cafe – the green building on the left, right on the Pond, the small white clock – centre right is The Starr Restaurant and the little Bell Tower immediately behind this is the old Town Hall building.


I was working in Chelmsford the other week and took the opportunity to pop across to the Cathedral to create some HDR pictures of it.

This was originally a church built arond 800 years ago. It became a Cathdral in 1914 and, as with many Essex churches, has a section dedicated to the USAF forces that were based in Britain during the 2nd World War.

 


Continuing the short series of images taken from the Dunmow Lock-Up this is an old shoe last:

Each shoe last is designed for a particular heel height, toe shape, and type of footwear.

Many styles of shoes can be made on the same shoe last , but the toe shape and heel height will be the same for each pair made on that shoe last.


It’s always quite interesting what you find in old “abandoned” buildings. This is probably my favourite shot from the series I took in the old Dunmow lock-up.

For those of you who care about such things this is an HDR shot taken from a bracket of 3 shots.


Great Dunmow has a fabulous little old, disused jail or lock-up.

The plaque on the wall sums up some of its history:

“This small single cell prison ceased its function in 1843 when the Dunmow police station opened. During the 1890’s this disused Lock-up was adapted to be a Soup Kitchen to help feed the poor of the area during those hard years. Lady Warwick is reputed to have provided venison for the kitchen from her neighboring lands.”

The lock-up was used most recently by a local cobbler who died a few years ago and the building was left to Dunmow Town Council who had some plans to turn it into a museum, but with the onset of the recession these plans have clearly been shelved and the building (which is a Grade 1 listed building) is slowly falling into disrepair.

The other week some drunken idiots kicked the door in  (rather belying its previous use) and I noticed that the door was open as I walked past it. Well, you can’t miss an opportunity like that so I popped in with my camera and got a series of shots. It really was a delight to find some of the old cobblers tools and the ancient radio and TV that were left in there and it’s such a shame that the Dunmow public have been deprived of this for so long.


Between Great Dunmow and Little Easton as you drive out towards Thaxted you may have noticed a couple of derelict buildings – just next to the by pass from Tesco’s through the Woodlands Park development. I had a little rummage around these a few weeks ago and picked up some interesting shots.

This sums up the rather gloomy, slightly depressing, atmosphere in this rapidly decaying building. Let’s hope the contractors sort this out a bit quicker than they sort out the by-pass!

Update 2014…this has now been completely demolished.