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Artwell Project Street Art

-Basingstoke 2024

Little did I know that during my 2 weeks return to my hometown that I would find such beautiful street art!

You see most consider Basingstoke as dull and boring and colourless!

Not anymore, my research shows that in 2022 a combination of two projects ‘Art is Calling’ and ‘Tell Me Stories’. This creative arts project aimed to create an outdoor art gallery, bringing vibrancy and colour to pieces of street furniture in the Top of the Town. Created by some of Basingstoke’s most talented artists and storytellers who have taken inspiration from local history, heritage, people, buildings and biodiversity to put Basingstoke on the street arts map.

You can get a free map pf the Arts walk here: https://www.basingstokefestival.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/42804-Streets-Alive-trail-map-booklet.pdf

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did photographing it. I hope this becomes something that continues in Basingstoke.

Music free under creative commons licence from YouTube Music library
Title and artist: Correle Carna- Cumbia Deli

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Hever Castle

Hever, Kent, near Edenbridge UK

Hever Castle is a historic castle located in the village of Hever in Kent, England. The castle dates back to the 13th century and was originally a fortified manor house. It was later owned by the Boleyn family, who were closely associated with the Tudor dynasty and included Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII.

Today, Hever Castle is a popular tourist attraction and is open to visitors year-round. The castle features a range of architectural styles, including Tudor, Gothic, and Baroque, and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and a lake. Visitors can explore the castle's many rooms, including the Tudor Gallery, the Inner Hall, and the Anne Boleyn Bedroom, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of Anne Boleyn.

In addition to the castle itself, Hever Castle is home to a number of other attractions, including the award-winning gardens, a boating lake, a yew maze, and a water maze. There is also a collection of Tudor portraits and furniture on display, as well as a gift shop and several cafes and restaurants.


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Purton Hulks a 'Ship Graveyard' on the River Severn

Purton Hulks a 'Ship Graveyard' on the River Severn

So during my very brief visit back home to the UK in July I visited the Purton Hulks on the Severn estuary . The Purton hulks form the largest ships graveyard in the UK, beginning when several hulks were used in the early 20th century to shore up the bank between the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and the River Severn, there are currently approximately 80 vessels located along the riverbank at Purton.

he ships didn’t end up buried along the riverbank by accident. Starting in 1909, the historic barges were forced into the ground to protect the riverbanks from eroding, which keeps the adjacent canal from flooding.

The vessels were first towed from the nearby dock at high tide then let loose so the current would carry them up the riverbank. Once run aground along the water’s edge, holes were drilled into them so they became filled with water and silt. This caused them to stay put and become a barrier against tidal erosion.

The last ship met its end in the graveyard in 1965. Newer ships wound up stacked atop the broken-down barges, creating layers of rotting wood and scraps. Bits of old schooners and concrete barges built for World War II litter the mile-and-a-half stretch of shore. Some still look like fragmented ships, while others are no more than slivers of wood buried beneath the grass.

There are 81 known vessels in total, and each one is marked with a small plaque indicating its name, build date, and the date it was abandoned.

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Clandon House 2015

In April 2015 this stunning country house at Clandon was ravaged by a fire, completely gutting the building and destroying many of the treasures in the house, all that was left was this shell, which I shot images of in the October of 2015.

Clandon Park was one of the country’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion, built for the Onslow family in the 1720s. Given to us in 1956, the house showcased a superb collection of 18th century furniture, porcelain and textiles. Hinemihi Maori (meeting house) comes to Clandon Park 1891 William Hillier, 4th Earl of Onslow, was approaching the end of his term as Governor of New Zealand and wanted a souvenir of the country he loved, to take back to his family home in England.A sum of £50 was swiftly agreed by the son of Chief Aporo, to purchase Hinemihi. An official hand-written bill-of-sale was drawn up and dated January 27 1892. Easily dismantled and transported, Hinemihi was shipped to England.

At the end of the slideshow you will see; The Dutch Garden This sunken garden was created between 1897 and 1902. The garden was originally modelled on the Sunken Garden at Hampton Court. The garden is formed by clipped hedges and topiary, centred around a small statue in a circular pool.

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