061016.Nympsfield, Woodchester Mansion First Floor Bedroom

October 17, 2006 at 9:21 PM | Posted in Architecture, Gloucestershire, Mansion, Nymsfield, Vaults | 3 Comments

This room is directly over the drawing room (the only finished room in the house). The drawing room was completed in 1893 for Cardinal Vaughn’s visit and its ceiling has the minimal arch to support its own weight. The walls of the bedroom, of course, date from the 1870s and were standing without this floor for a good twenty years. The walls are structurally self-supporting and because the drawing room’s ceiling vault is so weak, typical groups are not allowed in. It is an interesting space because there is still a timber vault mold from the construction period, and you can see the drawing room’s ceiling vault quite clearly from on top.

Our assignment was to find an area of structural failure and try to record it as much as possible for a paper assignment. The chapel and this room are the two areas of the most severe structural damage, caused by water getting into the masonry.

I don’t actually know who the girl is, but I liked how she was framed. I believe she is either a fourth year student at the University or from the Structural Engineering class that tagged along.

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061016.Nympsfield, Woodchester Mansion Second Floor

October 17, 2006 at 9:16 PM | Posted in Architecture, Cathedrals and churches, Gloucestershire, Mansion, Nymsfield, Vaults | 1 Comment

Construction stopped on Woodstock in the 1870s due to a variety of reasons. The original occupant for whom the house was constructed was getting old and was warned against living in Woodstock’s damp and cold valley would for health concerns.

Anther reason is that construction began following English Catholic Emancipation. Woodstock was first designed by the country’s leading Catholic architect (A. W. N. Pugin) and then by the second-best, and so on. The house’s purpose was to anchor a new and isolated Catholic community. A convent had already been built and established at the edge of the valled on the same property. Rumor has it that the house was designed as a papal residence for a second Babylonian Captivity, which would have been caused by the turmoil Italian unification was going through during the mid to late 1800s.

I can’t imagine an English papacy so soon after Catholic Emancipation. There was an English pope, Adrian IV, but he just didn’t cut it.

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The chapel design was heavily infuenced by Violet-le-Duc.

061014.Nympsfield, Woodchester Mansion Second Floor

October 17, 2006 at 9:10 PM | Posted in Architecture, Conservation, countryside, Gloucestershire, Mansion, Nymsfield, Overcast, Vaults | 1 Comment

A fellow conservationist in the second (really 3rd) floor south wing cooridor windowsill sketching the structural failings brought about by a iron bolt (intended to hold a curtain rod) in the limestone. The metal rusted, expanded, and cracked the otherwise undamage interior stone.

The floor was intended for servants but it really was well-designed. There was little wood on the property but much stone and brick so all the structural aspects of the mansion were carried with stone and brick, sparing lumber as much as possible.

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Below are the areas in question:


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061013.Nympsfield, Woodchester Mansion

October 17, 2006 at 9:07 PM | Posted in Architecture, Foggy & Misty, gargoyles, Gloucestershire, Mansion, Nymsfield | 1 Comment

Took a trip to the incredible Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire today. This is a view of the south east Drawing Room bay window. The house was designed in the late 1850s and 1860s and constructed in the 1870s. Work ceased in the late 1870s and the house has been left as a Victorian Gothic construction site. I will have to write more and post more photos from this incredible site. It’s solid stone and brick construction with few floors having been laid down. I got to walk over the vaults! The site is conserved with lottery funds as a teaching center for Masonry Conservationists. Ccertainly it is money well spent but it needs a lot more.

The most likely cause for the abandonment of the site rests in its location at the bottom of an isolated and ever-cold valley. Although I do not know if I can call the mist clouds for this photo, I hope “Zannnie” will appreciate it. The weather cleared up by the afternoon and it was a bright blue sky for the rest of the day. I don’t understand English weather, but I understand this place throws an incredible Haunted House for Halloween.






061012.Bathwick, William Street Gate to Recreation Grounds

October 17, 2006 at 9:02 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bathwick, Gardens & Parks, Overcast, somerset | 2 Comments

This is the William Street Gate to the Recreation Grounds, off of Great Pulteney Street. The Bathwick section of Bath is on the east bank of the River Avon, and although it is conncted to Claverton Down through Bathwick Hill Road, it primarily consists of one long street: Great Pulteney. The land was owned by the Pulteney Family, who built the Pulteney Bridge, Pulteney Street, and Great Pulteney Street and set an architectural scheme for the new Georgian neighborhood.

Unfortunately, it was constructed in the late 1780s and 1790s, right before the Napoleonic Wars began and therefore the economy could not support more than one grand avenue. The roads, crescents, and circuses planned to lead off of Great Pulteney Street were never built and the land left undeveloped. Today the north of Great Pulteney Street is Henrietta Park and the south is the Recreation Grounds.

I took this photo early in the morning when I wasn’t sure if it would storm or not.

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061011.Bath, North Parade Bridge

October 17, 2006 at 8:57 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bridges, Pigeon, river, River Avon, somerset, Waterfront | 2 Comments

Looks like the pigeon is climbing stairs.


061010.Bath, Autumn Approaches

October 17, 2006 at 8:52 PM | Posted in Bath, countryside, Gardens & Parks, somerset | 1 Comment

Fall is coming and the leaves are beginning to turn in this field off the River Avon.



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