Previous readers of this blog will know of my petulant dislike for rich people’s hedges! I have blogged twice in Calverley Park (1, 2) and once in Nevill about my frustration at the fact that some of the most beautiful buildings in town, which were once visible to all and in fact formed the centrepiece of the 19th Century version of Tunbridge Wells are now hidden away behind almost comically high hedges.
It is not that I think that the owners of these houses don’t deserve privacy like the rest of us, I just wish that they would find another way of obtaining it- curtains not hedges maybe.
So I have found a typical snooper’s solution- a zoom lens which has allowed me to get that bit better a view of these houses in their beautiful settings- this time, taken from Nevill Park, I have photographed down at Hungershall Park:
And if anyone worries that I am really snooping- first sight of an actual human owner and I promise the camera will be respectfully put away.
Having been twice to Calverley Park recently here and here, and having moaned petulantly about the rich-protecting height of the hedges, I had some suggestions to try Nevill Park instead.
I’d been there before, photographing a great tree at sunset, but had not paid attention to the houses properly.
So a few days ago I headed there- first uphill from the common and a couple of other interesting houses:
There are glorious views over towards another set of rich dwellings in Hungershall Park:
And then, wonder of wonders, a couple of houses not entirely shielded by hedge:
So Calverley- it is possible to be stinking rich and not coy about it!
Next off with a ladder to Camden Park!
I blogged a couple of months ago about how comparatively unimportant I think cameras are in photography. At the same time, I do try at least to have a real camera with me whenever I go out.
Tonight I popped out to my local mini supermarket and saw the sunlight on Skinners’ looking like this:
I reached into my pocket for my camera, but of course had left it at home- both that and this next of the way back home are taken on my phone:
I’m quite pleased, but they won’t bear much zooming in!
Since I started this blog last October, there has been one post that attracted loads more interest than any of the others. I wish I could say that it was the one with the best pictures, but instead it was a bit of controversy which got me twice as many clicks than I had ever had before.
This was the time when I moaned about the frustration of walking through Calverley Park and not being able to see the wonderful houses properly because of the inconveniently high hedges.
I railed against the injustice of this and moaned about the rich owners and whether people agreed or disagreed, they seemed to pay attention.
So as with any success, I felt the need for a sequel. Particularly when I realised that all I needed to do to get a better view was to step back a bit!
I drive past Brighton Lake every day, but it still never looks quite right to me- it has the look of a village pond, but has a major road just next to it.
The trees and reeds around it are otherworldly and best of all is the rickety old duck shelter on its own tiny island.
Sure enough, a bit of googling shows up its strange history. It used to be called Pope’s Puddle after the vicar of King Charles the Martyr, one WL Pope, who came up with the idea of making work for the idle poor by getting them to dig out a child friendly pond at the bottom of town.
Maybe today he’d be employing them to tear down the hedges in Calverley Park- or maybe I shouldn’t start that debate going again!
There are incidentally some great old pictures of it here.
I’ve featured a few of my favourite buildings in town in previous posts such as Trinity, the Rock Houses and the houses in Calverley Park, but I want to showcase two buildings which tend to be more ignored.
First is Meadow Road Car Park! Am I alone in loving the design of this 1980s building?
It apparently is award-winning, but I don’t know from who.
And then at the other end of town is the unloved Great Hall- virtually always empty of shoppers and a building that I only remember from my childhood because it seemed to be endlessy burning down. However, it is worth a closer look- I’ve tried to capture its details here in colour infrared:
So over to you now. What are the other great buildings in town that we keep on missing?