A very good friend from Redbubble, Karen Millard came to visit me on my last day in Jersey. Being that she is from Guernsey, she was already familiar with the island. After a momentous meeting at the car park in St. Helier, we made our way to the village of Gorey, with it’s iconic scene of the castle behind a row of very colourful houses and shops. Mount Orgueil castle, or more popularly known as Gorey castle, was built sometime in the 13th century (c.1204) and was built as a defense against the French attacks. France is only about 15 miles away from the Jersey coastline. The castle was protected by the sea and cliffs on 3 sides, much like Grosnez, but was much more secure as the granite mount that it was built on made it impossible to undermine.It survived a number of attacks over the next 100-150 years, and a 7 year occupation by the French. It was the residence of the governor of Jersey, but was also desolate confinement to debtors and criminals, and the occasional suspected witch. However, with the introduction of gunpowder and the new gun-mounted ships, the castle was susceptible to attacks from sea and from the adjacent hillside. Sir Walter Raleigh, Governor of Jersey 1600-1603, rejected plans to tear down the old castle in order to recycle the stone for the new fortifications of Elizabeth Castle in St. Helier. He simply said “’twere pity to cast it down”. It did remain the islands only prison until the end of the 17th century. The castle now is cared for and run by the Jersey Heritage Trust since 1994.
This is a HDR image combining 4 bracketed shots, using Photomatix Pro for Macs, and adjusting some tones and lighting in Enhance Details as part of Tone Mapping.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
1/25, 1/100, 1/160, 1/250