Alternative View by Bob Culshaw

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An alternative view of Scotney Castle, Kent, England. Normally the Castle is shot from the other side with the view over the moat.


3 RAW images bracketed -2,0,+2 ev’s, tonemapped in photomatix Pro 3.2.6 for HDR affect, adjustment layers, blending modes and editing in CS4.

Canon 400D, Canon E-FS 17-85mm IS USM lens at 20mm, ISO 100, f22.

222 views at 6th April 2010

Featured in ‘A Home Somewhere…..’ Group 27th February 2010

Featured in ‘Kent Architecture’ Group 1st March 2010

Featured in ‘Historic Places’ Group 6th April 2010

The earliest record from 1137 gives the owner of the estate as Lambert de Scoteni. Roger Ashburnham is credited with building the castle c.1378-80.

Construction of the castle began as a roughly rectangular fortified house with towers in each corner. The original plan may never have been finished, and by 1558 it is likely only the southern tower remained. In 1580 the south wing was rebuilt in Elizabethan architecture style, and around 1630 the eastern range was rebuilt in three story Inigo Jones style. The Elizabethan wing remained a bailiff’s residence until 1905, but the eastern range was partly dismantled on the completion of the new house in 1843, leaving the ruin as a garden feature.

Catholic Recusant owner Thomas Darrell hid Jesuit Father Richard Blount, S.J. in the castle while he administered to Roman Catholics from 1591 to 1598. Catholicism was then illegal in England, and during the second raid by authorities to arrest the Father he fled over a wall into the moat and escaped.

The Darrell family owned the estate for some 350 years. In 1778 Edward Hussey bought the estate and his grandson, also Edward, built the ‘new’ Castle to the designs of Anthony Salvin, from sandstone quarried from the slope below. The hollow created was developed into a Quarry Garden and contains a 100 million year old impression of a dinosaur’s footprint.

On Christopher Hussey’s death in 1970 the estate was left to the National Trust.
(Source: Wikipedia)



  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...about 5 years ago

    Love the architecture Bob.

  • Thank you so much my friend.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisabout 5 years ago

    Wow what a beautiful capture Bob, a stunning work.

  • Thank you so much Lynne and for favouriting too!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 5 years ago

    Spectacular shot Bob. I love old buildings and this one is a real beauty. You have captured this so well, really well done. Must have fave.

  • Thanks Gary for your fabulous comment and for favouriting.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 5 years ago

    Oh Bob this is superb,it must be a great place to photograph. A Fave for me.x

  • Thank you so much Catherine for your lovely comment and for favouriting – yes it is a lovely tranquil place – and NT too! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    great image!

  • Thank you Scott as always.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesabout 5 years ago

    A beauiful capture and treatment Bob, A fav for sure

  • Thank you Kelvin for your great comment and favouriting, I truly appreciate it.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Bob – I like the way the light falls. Since i have never seen the other side this is new to me and looks lovely :o)

  • Thank you so much Kira for your lovely comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 5 years ago

    What a beautiful building and fantastic capture- love it!! Thanks for the info!

  • Thank you so much Pauline, I truly appreciate your lovely comment and favouriting.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKabout 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Thank you Etienne.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Geoff Carpenter
    Geoff Carpenterabout 5 years ago

    Great HDR image Bob.

  • Thank you Geoff for your lovely comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

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