I is for…

Jess McGlynnJuly 9, 2014


I am a bit* of a history nerd and love nothing more than exploring crumbly old castles and buildings, much to the disappointment of my husband and children.

My favourite thing of all is to pick a random spot and then stand still, imagining all the people who have passed over that place; what they could hear, smell, see and so on.  It completely fascinates me.  Although I have found on more than one occasion that such actions perplex other visitors who look at me like I may have slightly lost the plot.  Is there anything strange about standing totally still in the ruins of a castle with your eyes shut? Tsk, I think not! 

When we passed this little gap in the wall, I was drawn to it.  It’s probably not that old, I actually have no idea, but I immediately enjoyed picturing it in days gone by; imagining what might have been spied through the gap…directly on the other side are some gardens and I can just picture some lovesick stable hand peeking through the wrought iron and watching the lady of the manor as she took her afternoon stroll…or, something.  I don’t think my future is in writing historical romance novels *cough* 

But still, it intrigues me, the history that might lie behind this little space in the wall.  It seemed completely out of place as though it had been stuck there as an afterthought and that made it even more interesting.  It stands within Worden Park and may have been part of the original Hall which was sadly mostly destroyed by fire in 1941.  Who knows?!

I am taking part in the Alphabet Photography Project which is being hosted over on PODcast.  Head over there to see how other bloggers have interpreted this week’s letter or look out for the #alphabetphoto hashtag on Instagram. 

*Huge nerd, like, the biggest ever.  


  • Debra Carr

    July 9, 2014 at 06:46

    You sound like a lady after my own heart! This might sound totally weird (my husband thinks it's weird) but whenever we go to a historic building I have to put my hand on the wall, just for a few seconds and I think to myself, someone hundreds/thousands of years ago built this wall, I'm touching something that someone who was part of the history touched. Haha, I tried to get my son to do it, recently. He didn't half give me a funny look 😉 #alphabetphoto

  • Stephanie Robinson

    July 9, 2014 at 07:38

    Phew, I thought it was just me that imagined life gone by and the people who lived there previously, I've never thought to stand there with my eyes closed though I can see how that would help.

  • Cheryl

    July 9, 2014 at 11:36

    I too love imagining how it would have felt during ancient building's hey days. Nothing weird about soaking it up with your eyes closed. We love visiting historical places. I'm sure there is a story behind the late addition of the window. Maybe it was to keep an eye on light fingered staff, see a view, or enable a favourite horse to be seen while the owner sat in the shade of an established walnut tree. Or maybe we are both frustrated historical novelists! #AlphabetPhoto

  • Merlinda Little

    July 9, 2014 at 12:47

    Finally someone like me! I always stand in front of buildings. I stay there and look up and imagine that there are workers doing the construction. What are they using? The craftsman. The mason. What are the scaffoldings before? Wood. So they use steel? When? Who is their foreman. So if we see each other lets stand in front of something. If people will find us weird at least theres the 2 of us there =P #alphabetphoto

  • Holly Nelson

    July 9, 2014 at 12:51

    Love it!!! I would also love to know, but perhaps the truth would not be as interesting as your imaginings? I love your thought on it.

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    July 9, 2014 at 14:14

    That really is intriguing. I live visiting old buildings and ruins, and I do try to imagine what they must have been like, although I don't go quite as far as standing with my eyes closed 😉 It is fascinating to think about the past lives of buildings x #alphabetphoto

  • Tami Anderson

    July 9, 2014 at 19:02

    You would get on well with my OH, he loves dragging us around castles and other historic sites! A great photo and a really interesting choice for 'I'!

  • over40andamumtoone

    July 9, 2014 at 19:06

    I'd be exactly the same! Great choice #alphabetphoto

  • Sam

    July 9, 2014 at 20:43

    I think this might be my favourite this week! I love the combination of the image and the word chosen to describe it because you're right, it does speak of something a little bit intriguing and magical! #alphabetphoto

  • sustainablemum

    July 10, 2014 at 08:32

    That is a great photo for I. I do the same whenever I visit old buildings, we were at Hadrian's Wall recently which always amazes me I always think about the men who built it, what were they like, what was it like to be living there and building the wall…….

  • Charly Dove

    July 14, 2014 at 20:40

    I love that you're a huge nerd Jess, this kind of stuff fascinates me too! Such a wonderful post and I love that image, it really does say intrigue. So now I'm intrigued! Thank you so much for sharing with #alphabetphoto

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