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Old 14th December 2010
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Walls 'n stuff : Hexham after the thaw.

Had to pop into Hexham, Northumberland to take my wife to the dentist.
Along came my e-410 with Hexanon 50mm lens.


Entrance to what was once an Inn, and now some budget shop



Nice old attick windows



Some fine stonework on the side of HSBC bank



Number "13" mosaic at the entrance to an independent dress shop



The side of an old (maybe) alms-house down near Tesco.

There're lots more great little gems in this town. By rights I reckon it should be a city, but that'd be ridiculous.
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Re: Walls 'n stuff : Hexham after the thaw.

Some good architectural details spotted here, and there's quite a few more to find as well. It's always good to see someone looking down and up for the interesting photos, as well as the more usual straight ahead!

The view of Hexham, as you come in from the north over the River Tyne, has been described as Italianate, with the three main towers of the Old Gaol, the Moot Hall and the Abbey tower.
As with all old towns there's a constant battle between development and preservation of some of its historic features, and your photos show why these little details are an important part of a rural market town fighting for custom against the giant shopping centres like the Metrocentre.

Coincidentally your first photo is the facade of what was once the pharmacy of J.P. Gibson - as well as being a chemist and optician, he was a prolific photographer with a national reputation and many awards. As part of his personal interest in the local landscapes, architecture, archaeology and antiquities, he took many images of the town and region in the mid 1800s. His photographic collection of mainly glass slides and postcards still exists, and is a very important record of life in the 1800s.
The pharmacy opened in 1834 and, when it closed in 1978, the London Science Museum bought the fittings and made a reconstruction in their Wellcome Gallery. It has to be the most decorative 'budget' shop frontage in the country!

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Re: Walls 'n stuff : Hexham after the thaw.

Some good details there.

I've only visited Hexham once, briefly, earlier this year but I found it a very attractive town. Spoiled a little by some drunken yobs down one of the ginnels, but then what town isn't?
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Re: Walls 'n stuff : Hexham after the thaw.

Great pictures with a good eye for detail

BTW, I like the Idea of taking a Hexanon to Hexham.

Now what? Take a Tamron to Tamworth?

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Re: Walls 'n stuff : Hexham after the thaw.

A Pentacon to Penrith?

Or a Leica to Leicester? (doesn't really work, that one, does it?)

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BTW, I like the Idea of taking a Hexanon to Hexham.

Now what? Take a Tamron to Tamworth?

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Re: Walls 'n stuff : Hexham after the thaw.

Well, OlyPaul took his Zuiko to the zoo for the meerkats shot.

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Re: Walls 'n stuff : Hexham after the thaw.

Fantastic detail in these and they show what most of us miss as we rush about through our lives.
I feel like I know the place well now.

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Re: Walls 'n stuff : Hexham after the thaw.

Really nice shots Ulfric

Love the intricate details in the firstand really like the textured stonework in the last. I have passed by Hexham many times but have never visited. Must make a point of stopping for a look see next time

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Re: Walls 'n stuff : Hexham after the thaw.

Thanks for the nice comments everyone.
I could've got more detail out of a Zuiko lens but I like the manual focusing of my Hexanon and the others.
There were a few pictures didn't come out right so I'm going to add more next time we pop across to Hexham.

Blimey its snowing again ...
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Re: Walls 'n stuff : Hexham after the thaw.

I reckon I'll just add some photos to this thread, trying out the e-P1 & 17mm lens.
It's spring and the skies are interesting today.











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