Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change – these two photographs show the Bathing House at Howick, Northumberland on the very edge of the North Sea – they were taken some time in the mid-1990s.  It was built by the 2nd Earl Grey of nearby Howick Hall to allow his sixteen children to change for supervised bathing; his name is immortalised by its association with Earl Grey tea.

Since the photographs were taken, the building has been completely renovated and in so doing something has been lost.  It is now a holiday home in a spectacular setting but gone is the weathering of time and the remarkable impact of wind and rain on stone, particularly around the porch – not all change is for the good:

The Bathing HouseThe Bathing House


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  1. lignumdraco · April 15, 2013

    Something has been lost… charm and character, I suspect. Lovely photos.

    • northumbrianlight · April 15, 2013

      Thanks – I now remember that it was used for the UK ITV drama series “Distant Shores” about a doctor and his family living on a lonely island called Hildasay. Every time I saw it on TV I would shout at the screen “it’s not on an island!” . I get easily annoyed by directors playing fast and loose with geography :-). Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Livonne · April 16, 2013

    wow.. what a gorgeous building.. and fantastic photos.. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · April 16, 2013

      Thanks Livonne – the building was once very interesting and weathered like the landscape – now it is just too pristine. Thanks for stopping by

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  5. Photography Journal Blog · April 17, 2013

    That’s really sad to read, I really like these photos.

    • northumbrianlight · April 17, 2013

      Thanks, I agree, it is a shame – having said that, if you follow the link to the holiday home and look at the availability, you can see it is booked up for months and months in advance – it is a very popular destination. The interior is very nice, just a shame they couldn’t have left the exterior as it was.

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