I often drive through the market town of Midhurst on my way to other places. I’ve been intending to stop off in the town with my camera for some time and finally found the time today, combined with some good weather. The town has a couple of claims to fame - the author H.G.Wells went to school here and it is supposed to be the town on which Midwich is based in John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos.
I started my stroll at the ruins of Cowdray Castle at the northern end of the town. The castle was built in the 1520s but is just a shell these days. Unfortunately it wasn’t open today so I had to content myself with taking photos over the top of the railings. The shot I’ve posted here was taken from the rear of the castle, looking through the building to a window at the front. I took three shots and combined them to bring out the colour in both the brickwork and the sky beyond.
The modern Cowdray estate still owns a lot of property in and around Midhurst and it’s easy to tell which buildings belong to the estate as they have distinctive yellow window frames and doors. I wanted to capture this detail as it’s such a large part of Midhurst. In the end I found this sweet little round window tucked away on a house in a small side street. My third image is some colourful Virginia creeper I found on a house in a street which rejoices in the rather quaint name of Knockhundred Row.