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Canon 20D
Sigma 17-70@17mm
ISO 3200
It was very dark down in the Chapel, with the only light being from the candles that you can see and that which was spilling in from the stairway that leads down!
This is a composite of 3 shots, HAND HELD!
235 views 11/06/2012
Featured in the group “Beautiful South Coast”

I took this shot of the interior of the Chapel during the open gardens day at St.Nicholas-at-Wade.
The Chapel dates from around the middle of the 13th century,which is earlier than any of the present St.Nicholas Court. The Chapel was built from French stone and chalk blocks in a hole in the ground, which was then covered over on completion.
There is no mention of the Chapel in any of the early records of Thanet, and we can only speculate as to it’s original purpose. Possibly it was built for storage purposes rather than religious, but there is a strong probability that it was used in later centuries by those who were persecuted for their beliefs. Followers of Wycliffe, the Lollards, during the 14th century and both Catholics and Protestants, during the Reformation, may have used the Chapel. By 1792, it was being used as a beer cellar.
There has been a house on the present site of St.Nicholas Court for at least 700 years! The present house dates from the mid 16th century, with a Georgian extension to the west side.

I started my working life in a press agency called Central Press Photos. After learning my trade in Fleet Street, I moved into more commercial and architectual work. I have also spent many a saturday chasing from one wedding to another. These days I photograph anything that takes my eye.

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks for the banner Audrey :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenover 3 years ago

    Great job hand held Geoff – I have wanted to have a nose at this for ages!

  • Thanks Dave. I am hoping to go back and get some shots using a tripod.

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 3 years ago

    Really beautiful capture and great treatment dear Geoff.x

  • Thanks Catherine, this was a challenge :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago

    wonderful . . .

  • Thanks Lorilee :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 3 years ago

    Super atmospheric shot Geoff, lovely light from the candles.

  • Cheers Bob!

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    Love the lighting, a stunning capture Geoff!

  • Many thanks Pauline :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 3 years ago


    This lovely work has been featured in the Beautiful South Coast group.

  • Many thanks for the much appreciated feature Richard :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 3 years ago

    Geoff – Congratulations for being featured for this fabulous image !!

  • Thanks GrandmaMattie :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Click the banner to enter the challenge

  • Many thanks for the feature and the banner Audrey :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

    Hi Geoff, a fantastic capture and Congratulations on your Feature in the Beautiful South Group
    I got featured too. Brilliant eh? All the best. Don.

  • Hi Don, thanks mate!

    – Geoff Carpenter

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