Upon the threshold
Offering new beginnings
The gates stand open
Will you embrace adventure
Passing through to Beyond
The photo for this week’s prompt was taken in Winster, Derbyshire, named for the outcrop of rocks on the moor above the village, Wynn’s Tor.
I came upon the gates when I stopped there to visit a church that proved to be locked. The gates took my eye, carved as they are with foliate heads … Green Men. They lead to the Dower House that was built in the late sixteenth century.
Winster is an interesting village with a long history. Narrow ginnels run between the rows of cottages and grander houses that bear testament to the prosperity of the lead mining industry in the eighteenth century, when, for a little while, the village became a thriving town. Lead mining here may have begun during the Roman occupation and continued until the last mine closed in 1938, its decline due largely to flooding in the mines at the deeper workings.
Evidence of the town’s prosperity can still be seen in some of the buildings, most notably the famous Market House. Built some time in the sixteenth century, it was the first property in the county to be bought by the National Trust in 1906, at a cost of fifty pounds.
Its people go back much further, though, and two Iron Age burials were found within the Manor grounds, as well as an Anglian burial at White Low, where a beautiful gold and garnet brooch dating to around 650AD was discovered. Winster lies close to the Portway, an ancient track and trade route, and very close to Robin Hood’s Stride, the settlement at Cratcliffe and the Nine Stones Close circle. It is inconcievable that these ancient sites played no part in the life of the earliest settlers here.
Thank you so much to everyone who took part this week…even sharing ‘extra’ poss, there was no way to reblog them all! I wish there was space to share all the contributions, as there are some beautiful pieces every week that I would love to reblog, but which come in after I have filled all the allocated slots.
All the posts are listed below, so please click on the links to read them and leave a comment for the author. Thank you too, to everyone who reblogged the prompt, round up and the individual resposes.
A new prompt will be published later today. I will reblog as many contributions as space and time allows, as they come in… and all of them will be featured in the round-up on Thursday.
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A Reminder and an invitation
As there are usually too many contributions to reblog all of them every week, and so that we can get to know their writers, I would like to invite all writephoto regulars to come and introduce themselves on the blog as my guest! ‘Regulars’ does not mean you have to take part every week… Click here for details
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Many thanks to this weeks contributors: