Friday, 31 October 2008

from the old church yard

Of view of Saints Peter and Paul taken from the old church yard
from the old church yard

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Barton's Hospital

A row of Almshouses in Church Street, known as Barton's Hospital
Church Street: Barton's Hospital Almhouses

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

once a church, now a home...

Built in 1857. Most of this historic building is used by the University of Buckingham (known as the Radcliffe Centre) another section has been converted into a residence.
Radcliffe Centre

Monday, 27 October 2008

Masonic? 1787

Sorry for the error in Monday's photo... I set up the wrong date for the auto post!

I believe this to be a Masonic building but I'm not sure. Usually you see the "G" in the centre of the symbol.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Old Town: Church Street

No it's not the Manor House. It's the house next door to the Manor House!
old town

Saturday, 25 October 2008

in the old churchyard

in the old churchyard

Friday, 24 October 2008

The Old Churchyard

The Old Churchyard

Thursday, 23 October 2008

The Manor House

Ok I promise last Manor House photo for a while!
Manor House

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Hunter Street I think?!

Sorry guys, I made no notes for this one... I think it's along Hunter Street again. I just loved that I caught a quiet moment with no traffic, it really makes the place seem deserted.
Hunter Street

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Along Church Street

This house always makes me smile because that ivy seems just desperate to get inside.

along Church Street

Monday, 20 October 2008

Saint Rumbold

Saint Rumbold

St Rumbold was an infant saint from Anglo-Saxon times, who lived for only three days. Rumbold was born (and died) in about AD 650. On his first day he said three times in a loud voice "I am a Christian" and sought Christian baptism. At this time few people in England would have been Christians. The next day Rumbold further astounded everyone by preaching a sermon on Christian virtues and the Trinity. On the third day he said that he was going to die, seeking to be buried where he was born for one year, then at Brackley for two years, and finally for his bones to rest for all time at a place which would later be known as Buckingham. Accounts of Rumbold's miraculous life were widely circulated in the Middle Ages and his tomb and shrine in the old church of Buckingham became an important focus for pilgrims. Many came to take the curative waters of St Rumbold's Well close to the town. The earliest inns of Buckingham were reputedly founded and flourished on the pilgrims' trade.

University of Buckingham

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Friday, 17 October 2008

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Manor House: timber and brick

detail on part of the Manor House

Manor House: timber & brick

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

The Manor House

The Manor House
The Duke of Buckingham owned this house in Church Street and began to hold manorial courts here, it became known as the Manor House.

Hunt, J (1994). "Buckingham, A Pictorial History", 21.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Manor Street

Manor Street

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Prebend House

Hunter Street
Prebend House, on Hunter Street, was built by the Bartletts, the most opulent of the tanning families. Members of the family are buried in the family vault across the road in the churchyard.  Sadly this once grand home is crumbling and has been vacant for quite a while.

Hunt, J (1994). "Buckingham, A Pictorial History", 70.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Monday, 6 October 2008

old gears near the mill

gears near the mill

Just outside the Town Mill, a building now owned by the University of Buckingham.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Bartlett tomb and headstones

Bartlett tombs
The Bartlett family was prominent in the tanning industry in Buckingham for nearly 100 years.  This historic family also played a role as Bailiff of Buckingham, they laid the foundation stones of the new church on Castle Hill, and became partners in the "Buckingham Bank".  Several family members are buried in the old church yard just steps away from the home they used to occupy.

Hunt, J (1994). "Buckingham, A Pictorial History", xvi, 70.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

the weir and Hunter Street bridge

Or is it the "flosh" I've heard this particular spot referred to by both terms.

weir and Hunter Street bridge
The weir serving Town Mill, and the bridge carrying Hunter Street over the Ouse.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Along Chandos Road

along Station Road
Another view of all those fabulous windows at the old Castle Iron Works.  With the opening of the railway in Buckingham in 1850, the Castle Iron Works was built to make agricultural machinery.  It became well know for its steam-powered road vehicles but the firm failed in 1865.  The building later became a corn mill and then a condensed milk factory.  It now belongs to the University of Buckingham.

Hunt, J (1994). "Buckingham, A Pictorial History", 73.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Wednesday, 1 October 2008


footbridge detail
View On Black

Thank You!

One month in and I just wanted to make a quick note, then back to your regularly scheduled "daily photo". I just want to say thank you to everyone that has taken the time to visit, to comment, and to email me direct. I enjoy the constructive criticism, the questions about Buckingham and most of all the links back to other blogs in which to explore.

I thought I'd also take this opportunity to answer a few questions that have come up more than once.

Who are you? and Why?
My name is Sarah, I'm an ex-Californian who fell in love with Buckingham just over four years ago and I wanted to be able to show other people what I see when I walk these streets.

What camera do you use?
I shoot on a Canon G9. Fancy enough to give me control over aperture, shutter speeds, iso, etc... but simple enough for this novice to work out!

Your photos have a different look about them... do you Photoshop?
Nothing more than rotating, cropping and erasing the odd power line. I typically "bracket" photos meaning I take 3 shots of the same thing with different exposures (-2, 0, +2) and then layer them using a program called Photomatix. What I'm aiming for is High Dynamic Range images. With HDR I can create images with a more detail in the highlights and shadows than I can with a normal straight out of the camera shot.

Do you really take photos everyday?
Sadly no. I have the unfortunate burden of working a 45+ hour work week with an hour commute everyday. That coupled with the fact that normal boring duties like cooking and laundry and blogging rule my free time. What I do instead is set aside one day a week to go mental photographing everything in my path... on these days I easily shoot 300 images. I delete a lot of photos... would someone like to buy me an external hard drive?

Do you know the history of...?
Cripes I'm woefully ignorant when it comes to Buckingham's history... but I bought a book! This book has old photograph's as well... so fingers crossed I'll be able to tell you more. Beginning with October's entries I'll try to give as much information as I possibly can... if you know more please say! I love history and there just aren't enough hours in the day for me to join the historical society as well.

Keep those questions coming!