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Monday Window – Blackwell Arts and Craft House, Windermere

In a recent post about our trip to Ambleside in the English Lake District, I mentioned that we we visited Blackwell Arts and Crafts House near Lake Windermere. It features some awesome windows which I thought I should share with you courtesy of Ludwig Keck’s regular ‘Monday Window‘ photo challenge (where you can check out some wonderful window photos contributions).

Just for information: Blackwell House is one of the most impressive arts and crafts building I have seen. This Grade I listed building was designed by noted architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott and was built as a holiday home for wealthy brewery owner Sir Edward Holt who was made Mayor of Manchester twice and who worked for numerous good causes, especially improving buildings, libraries, water and sewage works for the people of Manchester.

Monday Window – Nantwich Windows

My last post was about our recent trip to Nantwich and included some snaps of the wonderful stained glass windows in St Mary’s Parish Church. Ludwig Keck, photo enthusiast and computer wizard, who runs several blogs, including ‘This ‘n That‘ liked the post and thought I should share my photos over at ‘Monday Window’.

So here they are. I’ve included some more of my photos of Nantwich which feature what I think are pretty attractive windows.

Hope you like them.

St Mary’s Church stained glass windows
More windows reflected in curved glass shop window
Nice Georgian shop front
Stunning Tudor timbered elevation with early 19th Century shop front
Georgian and Elizabethan windows

Monday Window – Whitby Windows

We have just spent a couple of days in the wonderful historic sea-side town and fishing port of Whitby, Yorkshire. There will be a post coming very soon on our trip to Whitby, but for now here are some Whitby Windows – my contribution to Ludwig Keck’s weekly photographic challenge Monday Window.

The first picture is an old street in the centre of Whitby. The variety of building types and the fenestration gives the street so much character and interest. As is typical of these older buildings, many of the window frames are far from straight but amazingly quite a few are the original windows.

Old shopping street

The second picture is one of the many shops selling jet (a locally mined black gemstone) and jet jewellery. This is in one of the backstreets and I was drawn to it because of the unusual wonky shop window (and because I’m a Simpson).

Jet Shop

The picture below is an unusual ‘arts and crafts’ period designed house. Its a bit over the top for me but architect has certainly spent some time designing the windows.

Fancy house on a hill

The last one is a more a picture of ‘missing‘ windows. It shows the remains of the 7th Century Christian Monastery which later became a Benedictine Abbey. Most of what you see was built just after the Norman conquest in the 11th Century*. The lack of windows in these beautiful weathered stone arches is as a result of Henry VIIIs dissolution of the monasteries, the bombardment of Whitby by a German battlecruiser at the start of World War One, and the plundering of what was left by locals. (*The original abbey fell as a result of the invasion of the Danish Vikings.)

As many of you will know, the ruins of Whitby Abbey which dominate the landscape, and the eerie setting of the ruins, gave Bram Stoker the inspiration for his book ‘Dracula’.

Whitby Abbey

Monday Windows – Andalucia

Welcome to Monday Window – a weekly photographic challenge hosted by photographer/blogger, Ludwig Keck.

This week, my photographs are from Andalucía, Spain.

As we struggle with the current heatwave here in the UK, we should take a tip from the Spanish. Windows are for keeping sun and hot air out during the day, not for letting air in.


Hope you liked these. I think they are full of character and so colourful against those white walls.

Visit Ludwig’s latest Monday Window post to see his latest post and other bloggers’ wonderful windows.

Monday Window – Shop Windows (which one do you like?)

Here is my entry to this week’s Monday Window – a photographic challenge hosted by photographer/blogger, Ludwig Keck.

This week, my photos feature more shop windows.

The first is a cute florists, cum grocers, cum wine shop. This was taken a few years ago on holiday in Cornwall and the shop is in a little sea-side village called St Agnes.

Shopfront in St Agnes, Cornwall

In contrast to the above attractive and colourful shop fascia, the photo below is a shop window on the outskirts of Oswestry town centre. It features a convenience store and the most uninspiring window display I think I have ever seen. The white sign in the window says, “Smiths sliced bread sold here”. We didn’t buy any Smith’s bread or any toilet rolls or car oil. I think they might have installed the burglar alarm in lockdown when they amassed their stockpile of toilet rolls.

Shopfront in Oswestry, Shropshire

Monday Window – Southern France

Welcome to Monday Window – a photographic challenge hosted by photographer/blogger, Ludwig Keck.

This week my windows are from Southern France, in particular Cannes, Hyeres and Nice. I was drawn to photograph them because of the wonderful colours of the buildings and shutters. I hope you like them.



Giens Peninsula, Hyeres


This last one was taken a few years ago at the Nice Carnival just before the start of the ‘Battle of Flowers’.


Please note I own the copyright of all photos See ‘Legal Stuff’ above.

Monday Window – Lymm windows

Hi, I’m new to Monday Window – a photographic challenge hosted by photographer/blogger, Ludwig Keck.

I’ve always found doors and windows to have their own ‘beauty’ (architectural, historical or functional) and ‘mystery’ (what lies beyond?).

For my first attempt, I am including some photographs of shop front fascias and a pub fascia from my archives. These were taken in Lymm, Cheshire, England. Its a charming little place with a characterful historic centre (much of it a ‘Conservation Area’) and there are some great building frontages.

My first is the local butcher’s shop window which is of traditional design with a recessed doorway and tasteful advertising. Its so inviting (so long as you are not a vegetarian).

The second shop (adjoining the butchers) is equally pleasing aesthetically with tasteful advertising/lettering and an engaging window display.

This last one for this week is a nearby old pub with traditional Georgian style sash windows. Its interior is also ‘traditional’ and unfussy and the place just happens to serve by favourite beer – John Willie Lees bitter.

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