St Michael's Church, Burgh-by-Sands by VoluntaryRanger

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St Michael’s Church in Burgh-by-Sands in the north of Cumbria ,NW England, was built within the Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall late in the 12th Century. It occupies the probable site of one of the central buildings in the fort – perhaps the granary. Much of the stone used to build the Church came from the fort, or from the wall. The building of the aisle and lengthening of the chancel are monuments to more peaceful times, before the war between England and Scotland started after the death of Edward I at Burgh by Sands on 7th July 1307. There is a monument nearby, on the Solway Plain, to Edward I.
The West tower is probably the earliest of three surviving examples of fortified churches in the 14th Century.
Source Visit Cumbria
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR 18-70 kit lens, single RAW ,tonemapped in Photomatix Pro3
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Preserving History July 2010
The English Church Feb 2011

See the work below by Hilary Robinson based on my image.


church, history, architecture, cumbria, burgh by sands, edward i

Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Another good capture and history Jamie.
    There would have been much rejoicing in Scotland when Edward Longshanks, the Hammer of the Scots, died that day, especially as he was on his way to Scotland for another campaign at the time …

  • I know Tom, he was off to bash merry heck out of Mel Gibson….lol
    I tried to get the memorial this day but the road to the plain (marsh) was exceptionally muddy and I’d just washed the car.

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Another great shot mate. superb work. Love the green on that grave stone in the foreground and that old church against the moody sky is a real winner.

  • Thanks Gazza mate

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    A great shot, full of history. Have been by this spot, but didn’t stop (was with my friend Joan who had all kinds of plans up her sleeve…), & it was a rainy-ish day (took ‘Dim View of Bardsea’ that same day…. Anyway, SOMEBODY should do SOMETHING about Mel Gibson. I still haven’t seen ‘Braveheart’.

  • Blimey,what were you doing at Bardsea and here the same day, that was a heck of a drive….what am I saying,I’m only 12 miles from Bardsea and I was here And Mel Gibson in a kilt is not a pretty sight.

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Lois Romer
    Lois Romerover 4 years ago

    love all t his history Jamie. great shot this would look great as black and white

  • Thanks Lois, I did toy with that idea but fell in love with the mosses on the gravestones…it was moody when I converted itv to b&w but I leave that to the experts like you and Clickinhistory

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Phillip M. Burrow
    Phillip M. Burrowover 4 years ago

    Great capture Jamie, Thanks for the history!

  • Thanks very much Phillip,you are welcome

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Lois Romer
    Lois Romerover 4 years ago

    wow thanks for the compliment Jamie

  • Treasure it, they are rare things from me……..

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...over 4 years ago

    Great capture !!!!

  • Thank you Annalisa

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Darren Kitchen
    Darren Kitchenover 4 years ago

    Great capture… Great work

  • Thank you Darren

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleabout 4 years ago


  • Wow thanks Karen,sorry for the delay

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesalmost 4 years ago


  • Wow,thanks so very much Judith

    – VoluntaryRanger

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