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Seen better days

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Deserted house in Valdemanco. There are many of these in villages all across Spain and many totally deserted villages too. A common enough story since the second half of the 19th century, but rural depopulation has accelerated exponentially these past 50 years.

Gudrun, Fred Fouarge, Ernest CH, Marco F. Delminho and 10 other people have particularly liked this photo


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 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Looks like dry stone walling!!!! Great shot though Andy.
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Yes. One shudders at the thought of the draught in winter!
19 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Love the brick work!! Shame it is deserted. I guess it will just crumble away.
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Eunice Perkins club
It may take many decades, Eunice! They are deserted buildings here which I guess were deserted in the 19th century and there, yes, they are beginning to crumble away!
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
Terrific capture Andy. As you probably know in many rural parts of the UK a building in a similar condition would be snapped up to convert to a holiday home.
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Doug Shepherd club
I once considered doing just that as a business, Doug; buying deserted barns, bribing local councillors and getting the requisite planning permissions, taking a few photos of any already converted place, putting an ad or two in a glossy mag, and sell it, sight unseen through my dodgy estate agent connections, and hot-footing it out of the country.
I can't believe I just wrote that!
19 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Amazing really, how this building has stood up strongly when the stonework isn't as exact as it could be. Probably made with love by the new husband to give his new wife a home. I do, however, agree with some above - the draughts must be horrendous
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Jenny McIntyre club
You must be an incurable romantic, Jenny! ("Made with love by the new husband ..." Indeed!!!!)
19 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Gotta love that brickwork...............such wonderful shapes! Well seen and taken Andy!
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Keith Burton club
I do. Which is, of course, why I took the shot, Keith!
Many thanks!
19 months ago.
 L. L. Wall
L. L. Wall club
... the stonework (dry laid ?) forms a nice texture, and the windows are a repetitive vertical feature ... I like the slight upward perspective too ...
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to L. L. Wall club
Slightly upward perspective?
Maybe. But maybe I had just gotten off the hills and had a thirst-quenching beer or three too quickly and my sense of balance might have been a little hazy.
But no! This was a morning shot and even I don't get stuck into the booze in the morning. So I reckon your hunch is right, Wally!
19 months ago.
 Bill Robinson / kinderbill
Bill Robinson / kind… club
Nice bit of stonework here Andy, not so sure about health and safety though. good composed shot...All the best, Bill. PS. Hope you are keeping well as i'm here.
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Bill Robinson / kind… club
I could have lived in such a place in my twenties (or even thirties) but any older and you begin to need your creature comforts, Bill!!
19 months ago.

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