Category: UK

Cedar timber cladding is as ubiquitous as stone in the UK. Used in the earliest structures across the area, cedar is one of the most beautiful and durable timbers available. Cedar cladding is resistant to moisture, so is less likely to rot. This makes it invaluable in the high humidity of parts of the UK, and one of the reasons that many ancient buildings stand to this day.

Historic Structures With Cedar Timber Cladding


You can see historic structures that still have their centuries-old cladding in such places as the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. Not only will you see reenactments of activities from the history of the area, you will see authentic architecture and equipment used over time. They hold a food and folk festival as well as a wood show during which the artisans and craftsmen show how cedar cladding was once made by hand.

Structures in this property are great examples of beautiful wooden countryside buildings, with the hip roofs and Tudor styling. These buildings have been recognized by the government as being of national and/or international importance. They were carefully taken apart and moved to this site, to be carefully reconstructed by hand. Over 50 buildings, from worker’s huts to farmhouses and barns, give you a good feel for over 600 years of heritage, with different uses of cedar cladding used effectively and beautifully.

Bell Frame From St. Mary’s Church

From Stoughton, West Sussex, you will see the bell frame from St. Mary’s Church. This structure is covered with hand-cleft oak shingle cladding. The original structure was built around 1350. The second phase of building for this structure was around 1470. The spire itself is new, and was placed on the site of the museum in 2009. However, the structure and building was designed to be authentic, giving participants experience in ancient arts and construction techniques.

Upper Hall From Crawley

Crawley, Sussex, was home of the Upper Hall. Scheduled for demolition, it was discovered to be a more historic building that should be preserved. It was dismantled in 1972 and rebuilt on the site of the museum 6 years later. The long history of the building took it from being a town hall to an inn to a barn and storage shed. The construction of this building is a combination of cedar timber cladding and oak cladding, sandstone shingles, brick, and stucco, along with solid oak timbers.

Wollaton Hall


Wollaton Hall, built in the late 1400s, is another great example of craftsmanship and design. This beautiful estate features stone structures, along with artistic and skillful use of oak and cedar cladding. All structures have undergone extensive remodeling and additions, but the basic structures are the same. Gardens and avenues were added, along with parks. However, lavish improvements during the 1800s failed to dim the beauty of the ancient building practices and materials that serve as the core of this striking estate.

Cedar cladding continues to be one of the most popular building materials in today’s structures. Small wonder. It is easy to work, and beautiful.

The UK is the gold standard across the world when it comes to lawns. What is golf, other than a great sport performed on the finest lawns in the world – and golf originated in Scotland. The grand tradition of gardening is maintained today in hundreds of incredible, picture-perfect lawns. From manors to cottages, the English lawn is iconic and ever popular. Even environmentalists, who have frowned upon lawns in the past because of the water consumption, are coming around to realize that lawns give back far more than they take. Grass roots often extend deep into the soil, breaking it up and keeping it from packing down. The thick turf shades the ground beneath, not only preserving moisture in the grass and soil, but creating a mini-ecosystem for all kinds of natural inhabitants. Lawns cool the atmosphere significantly, creating “green spots” that can be measured through infrared photography from the air. Skyscrapers, apartment complexes, shopping malls, and other urban structures are actually building their roofs so that they can support lawns to help them reduce their carbon footprint. Lawns also absorb off-gasses from nearby construction, converting it to oxygen and purifying the air. In fact, there are over 15 million lawns in England. With some of these benefits in mind, let’s take a tour of some of the most well kept lawns in the South West of England.



A combination of two English icons – the lawn and the maze – can be found in the turf labyrinths of England. They were once much more common than they are today, but these artistic additions to the garden are still beautiful sites. The one in Winchester, Hampshire is one of the larger ones at 27.4 by 26.2 m. This maze may date back to the 1600s. cut into a hill, traveling the maze also will take you uphill on a fairly strenuous climb. The lawn of the maze is beautifully maintained, although you may encounter a sheep or two.


The Tewkesbury Abbey is a striking relic dating back to 1102. The lawns surrounding the Abbey and all across the rest of the grounds are have really had some great lawn maintanence, in some cases stretching all the way to the river.

The Davies


Beautiful lawns are not the domain of only ancient properties and public lands. The Davies family has one of the most strikingly beautiful lawns in the South West of England. This 1.3 acre spot of Heaven was once a tangled mass of strawberries, weeds, and discarded farm equipment.

Chatsworth House


At the Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, you’ll find a huge lawn that was established in the 1760s. This type of lawn actually has a name. It’s called a Salisbury Lawn, because it appears to be as large as the Salisbury Plain.

In many cases, lawns are kept private by the use of hedgerows. This privacy is valued in England, and creates a series of pleasant surprises as you wander the grounds of your destination.

The South West of England is incredibly beautiful, with just about every kind of terrain for the rural photographer. Weather plays a part, too, in the photographer’s work, with bright sun, mists, fog, and diffused light at different times of the day. The shadows of rugged cliffs and the sparkle of surf on the beach all provide the photographer with a plethora of subject matter. The people of the areas have vigorous lifestyles, and the rural life always offers fantastic opportunities to feature nature and working people. Here are some pointers for succeeding in rural photography in the Southwest.

Sheep Shearing


The South West part of England is sheep country. Any photographic opportunity involving animals and the people who work with them is golden, and sheep shearing season is a flurry of activity. The working dogs stalk the flocks, moving them into the pens, and hard working people go about their amazing jobs with casual expertise. Every step of the process provides opportunities for still-life shots, action shots, and studies.

In fact, the shearing is only a part of the season. Lambing season is another excellent opportunity to get some great photos. The animals, farm structures, machinery, and farmers all are terrific subjects.



What photographer can resist Stonehenge? This World Heritage Site is as important to the world as it is to the UK. Located in Wiltshire, it is thought to have been built as far back as 3000 BC. Photographing the mortise and tenon joinery, or wide shots of the entire area at sunrise, can be the crowning glory to your portfolio. Built by a culture that left no written record, you can create a pictorial record of your own.

The Jurassic Coast

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Another World Heritage Site in the South West of England is the Jurassic Coast. Set up at Old Harry Rocks and catch the shadows throughout the day as they evolve with changes in sunlight. Cliffs from the Triassic and Jurassic eras, as well as the Cretaceous era, provide dramatic scenery for photographers. Storm Beach offers amazing shots of weather at its worst. The Durdle Door Arch is another striking geological feature, offering unique photo opportunities.

Glastonbury Festival


The Glastonbury Festival is one of the biggest festivals in the UK, providing excellent photographic opportunities . Observe the cabaret, theatre, period costumes and contemporary musicians. Over a 175,000 people attend the festival, held on a farm in Somerset.



Follow the steps of the Anglo-Saxons at the Bokerley Dyke at the Cranborne Chase. Photograph the fields where the famous battles of England were fought. The Battle of Bedwyn was fought here, as were battles against the Vikings.

The Corfe Castle

Who wouldn’t like to have a series of shots with an authentic castle? There are many castles throughout the UK, whether you’re looking for an intact castle with well kept garden and garden plants, or an amazing ruin where you can use your imagination of the past. The Corfe Castle is one of many in the South West region, and a great destination for the photographer.


Visit the Southwest for a holiday taking beautiful photographs. Whether you prefer portraits or landscapes, your journey will be rich and rewarding.