Paul Nash – Equivalents for the Megaliths

The abstract forms in a natural landscape is less unsettling than you’d imagine.  Like a still life the objects present themselves to the viewer in a weird conjunction between the two dimensions of the canvas and the three dimensions of the perspective.  The hills roll in that classic English way (more golden than the reproductions, … More Paul Nash – Equivalents for the Megaliths

Grey Street, Newcastle

There is something tantalising about Grey Street.  As seen from the Monument is curves away gently downhill to the Tyne, presenting a handsome parade of facades.  It provokes comparisons with Regents Street in London; but those flat monotonous lines don’t hold a candle to the grace and variety of the Granger development.  The use of … More Grey Street, Newcastle

Chelsea Physic Garden

The Chelsea Physic Garden is a secluded room hidden among the lanes on the north bank of the Thames, unknown and secret.  It could be a survival technique, and that it has remained a place of pleasure and quiet contemplation throughout four centuries bustle of an ever-burgeoning Chelsea is remarkable.  Except that is really to … More Chelsea Physic Garden

Charleston

It was said that if you stayed still too long at Charleston you would find yourself decorated.  It was the country bolthole for the Bloomsbury set, home to Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, just across the Ouse from Virginia Woolf’s East Sussex home, nestled on the north side of the South Downs.  I find it … More Charleston

Vindolanda

The strategic site of Vindolanda seemed overlooked in the museum but from the Long Stone on Barcombe it is obvious, surrounded by burns on three sides, the long Stangate road stretching off to the west with its Norse name.  Defensive but not isolated, surrounded by higher land makes it feel quite temperate in early autumn.  … More Vindolanda

Housesteads

The fort at Housesteads doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to walk around and yet inside it there is the Pretorius large house and headquarters building, hospital, granary and bakery, a small bathhouse, stables and accommodation for eight hundred troops.  Compact and strategically placed on the escarpment, hanging to the ridge edge and draped down the south-facing … More Housesteads