David Swatton's Architecture Posts

...or hell, depending on your taste. I visited Wightwick Manor in Staffordshire which was an old manor, remodelled and hugely extended in the late 19th century…

The dams in the Elan Valley, built over 100 years ago, create reservoirs that provide the water for Birmingham. While the overflow looks dramatic and indeed it…

The brainchild of Colonel David Stirling, the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment was formed in the summer of 1941 in the North African desert, conceived as a…

A concatenation of four windows from Beaumaris Castle in Wales. I liked the colours and geometric designs that reflect part of the design drawings and plans for…

Thomas Telford was an engineering giant of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and yet he always seems to be overshadowed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel - let's…

In our recent trip to north Wales we visited Penrhyn Castle, now under the guardianship of the National Trust. It was a medieval castle that had, for the time,…

I live in an old house - that, I knew - English Heritage list it as being built in the second half of the 17th century. I had also assumed that the oak beams…

This is Attingham Park near Shrewsbury. I'm not a fan of 18th century Palladian-style mansions but at least this one has a comedic twist. The 2nd Lord Berwick…

Today when people want to show off their wealth they go for fancy cars, designer clothing and the like. Back in the 14th century a wall could do the trick...…

A few more pics of the beautiful Norwich cathedral complete with preaching religious person... you can probably tell I'm not a fully paid-up member of the club.

When in Norwich I took the time to visit the Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in the city. Again, I marveled at the architecture and the artistry and…

While in Norwich I took the opportunity to wander round Norwich Cathedral. Got to love a glorious fan-vaulted ceiling.

Drove down to Gloucester today to visit the Gloucestershire Regimental Museum (more family research that I'm undertaking) and popped into the cathedral to take…

Stopped off for a wander round the little town of Talgarth the other day, just over the border in Wales. Overcast so I thought b&w might work best.

Had a good day in Birmingham last week but whenever I go into a big city now I can't wait to leave again!
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