Butchers Row in The Monsoon

Simon Groves

Joined May 2010

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North Devon Journal Herald ~ January 13th 2011 (Allegedly).

As the years go by, the recent flood of central Barnstaple could become more of a reccuring phenomenon… A high spring tide and heavy rains, combined, and here is the Barnstaple Street, ‘Butchers Row’ flooded!!! Yes.. flooded!

The horse snapped here by the Journal photographer Clive Redwing had become confused as local field boundaries at the back of Pilton, around the “Manning’s Pit” area, became tiny features visible above the torrents of local streams, bursting their banks rushing into the waters of the overflowing River Taw at The Strand.

This unusual view is possibly as strange to Barnstaple as the following view of a frozen River Taw in Barnstaple, taken on January 23 1940…

An unthinkable thought… ~ The relocation of the whole population of Barnstaple and the building of a new town??? If flooding continued in this way on a regular basis..the saving to the local council would be immense…. An unpopular yet wise decision maybe… What a thought!!!

(HDR Work ~ The horse and the water are imported and worked up in approximately 5 – 10 layers…each adjusted for tone and contrast. Layers are then partially erased and combined to create the seemless rich tonal image.)

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