Larkham Farm…

A site visit to an old farm in Gloucester. Georgian and much older timber framed buildings dating back to the 1700s.

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Layers of time…

A walk around the former prison and Docks in Gloucester. Looking at layers of materials and time.

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Modernist dream…

Three slightly different examples on the modernist civic style from the 1960’s and 1970’s. Thin metal frames with large areas of glazing with coloured panels below. These are just by the Docks in Gloucester.

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Blackfriars / Barbican Gloucester…

A snapshot of the context of the Blackfriars area, adjacent to the Docks in Gloucester. A fairly even mix of a range of orange/red bricks and stone, with lots of shades and textures.

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Gloucester Prison…

A very interesting and slightly spooky tour around the recently decommissioned Gloucester Prison.

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Around town…

Regeneration within the Quays, an urban field of grasses and thistle, artworks by Russell Haines @ the Bizspace development.

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Day 046 – Llanthony bridge…

Llanthony Bridge in Gloucester, on the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal – this lifts to let boats pass under, which also stops the traffic for a while : )

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Day 036 – grafitti Gloucester…

There is a temporary hoarding wooden panel wall which surrounds a large redevelopment site in the centre of Gloucester. This wall stretches down a well-used walking route called Greyfriars Lane. Every so often a new bit of graffiti appears.

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The above image shows a severed badger’s head with a white flag – this is connected with the planned badger culling experiment which is taking place in Gloucestershire, in an attempt to stop the spread of TB to cows and other livestock. A highly debatable subject and experiment.

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Photo tour 3: Baker’s Quay…

The third in the series of Gloucester evening photo tours. Myself and Mr KP wandered the largely derelict historic Bakers Quay area, which is adjacent to Gloucester Docks. The area is full of Georgian and Victorian (1850’s – 1901) warehouses and which is in the process of being joined into the living fabric of the city once again.

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Refreshments included a Wadsworth 6X beer in the Tall Ship pub and a Red Stripe Jamaican lager-beer in Cafe Rene + a cheeky slim cigar which a work colleague just brought back from Cuba : )

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Eastnor Castle, Ledbury & north Gloucestershire bike ride…

I’m always surprised by the beauty of the landscape which surrounds Gloucester. Literally just to the west of the built up area of the city, is the River Severn, with it’s wide floodplain area. This natural feature has stopped all development to this side of the city since it’s founding in AD 83. This also provides direct access to the countryside at a very close point to the city centre.

Mr McK and I had a target for the day: Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury. Google maps said 17.2 miles one-way, which in the end turned into a total of 42 miles.

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We saw some amazing rolling landscapes, timber-framed historic buildings and Ledbury itself was quite a picturesque place. Strawberry fields covered by acres of polly tunnel covers was quite a sight.

We stopped at the 7 Stars pub in Ledbury for some great local ale, then headed back out of Ledbury south towards Gloucester. What a ride that was. Hill after hill after hill! Some hard riding but the next pub stop at the A417 Watersmeet for a well-earned pint of Doom Bar made it worth it : )

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