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The Judge’s Lodging

Rather wonderfully, The World of Interiors have given a full twelve pages of their January issue (out now) to Presteigne’s amazing museum, The Judge’s Lodging. Read, enjoy and visit! A few more pictures below, and a small portfolio of others to be found here

hip bath

Personal hygiene

To the regret of many, one of Herefordshire’s more eccentric landmarks is up for sale on eBay – here it is:

And finally, this month’s new moon seen from Stonewall Hill:

A new feature (Oslo) and other matters

A new feature in the April issue of The World of Interiors on Oslo’s extraordinary City Hall, or RĂ„dhus, filled with murals and frescoes as dazzling as anything to be found in a medieval council chamber in Tuscany. Also an article and a mildly scabrous book review in the first issue (out now) of the excellent Marine Quarterly, a new journal covering all matters seafaring.

mural in Oslo City Hall

German invaders attempt to destroy the state of Norway

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying shooting at The Judge’s Lodging here in Presteigne for a magazine feature. The sepulchral gloom of the servants’ quarters, lit only by the occasional flare of gas, presented some interesting technical problems.

victorian kitchen

The kitchen at the Judge's Lodging


handmade candles in the pantry

As a break from the darkness and the smell of gas I followed a friend’s suggestion to explore a local valley unknown to me, where a ruined cottage stood surrounded by snowdrops at the foot of the still bare woods.


The long awaited sun is fetching us all outside at last, blinking but grateful.

Tony Bird, Presteigne antique dealer, and Sally

A quick trip to Oxford to go to the local launch of James Attlee’s new book Nocturne: a Journey in Search of Moonlight, timed to coincide with the appearance of Saturday’s ‘super moon’. Helena and I waited expectantly on the cold hills above the White Horse at Uffington, but a cloudbank rolled in and nothing could be seen. Then as we drove towards Oxford the huge and impossibly apricot-coloured disc hung over the city like the star over Bethlehem.

Many thanks to all those who’ve kindly responded to my fundraising effort for the disaster in Japan. Your prints will be sent out later this week – I shall be in touch where necessary regarding payment, addresses etc. It’s not too late to order – click here to find out about it.

And finally I believe an explanation has now been found for the shortage of wildlife in our rivers here – see below

Some new features and other matters

empty chairAn empty chair to begin with – a tiny gesture of support for Liu Xiaobo, a remarkably courageous man whose enforced absence from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony last week was marked in this way.

Now to more parochial matters which should be of at least local interest – a couple of new Herefordshire features. First, in the January issue of The World of Interiors, a piece on the wonderful Gothick interior of Shobdon Church, written by Sophie Barling.

Shobdon Church, Herefordshire

Shobdon Church, Herefordshire

One of the great pleasures of photographing churches is the opportunity to explore the frequently eccentric furnishings of the vestry or sacristy. Shobdon was no exception.

Shobdon Church, Herefordshire

Shobdon - the vestry

The other local story is in the January issue of Country Living, where I take a look at the latest work of Marc & Tia Swan, whose converted granary now blazes with colour.

The Granary

It’s available to rent – full details at the Crooked House website.

Finally, should you be looking for a suitable Christmas present for the sailor in your life, whether practising, retired or simply the armchair version, consider giving a subscription to the Marine Quarterly. A brand-new venture by the author Sam Llewellyn, packed with stories to amuse and alarm.

A current feature

A new feature in this month’s Country Living magazine (February issue) – A Well-crafted Restoration. The conversion of a Victorian farmhouse in Shropshire by Matt and Jax Fothergill, text by Sarah Hart.

Back kitchen

Clay pipes found in the Thames

Freezing in Wales

A warming woodstove for those sitting, like me, in an icy barn of a studio

wood-burning stove

A current feature

Have a look at Dorian Bowen’s extraordinary minimalist conversion of a traditional Welsh cottage in this month’s World of Interiors (January issue). The story’s called The Slate Wiped Clean, with text by Helena Attlee

A modernist conversion of a Welsh cottage

Bryncyn, near Carmarthen

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