John Lawrence's photos


The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Ospringe, Kent

20 Jul 2017 17 14 47
The most conspicuous feature of this Church, from a distance is the distinctive saddleback tower. If this were a medieval survival it would be very rare, because saddlebacks are commonest in Germany and hardly ever seen in England. In fact, however, it is the most modern part of the church, put up in 1866 by the architect, E.L.Blackburne as the culmination of his restoration work. The original tower was a round one - very unusual outside the eastern counties - but it collapsed in 1695 while the bells were being rung as a loyal tribute to William III, who was passing through Ospringe Street (the A2) at the time. Miraculously, no-one was killed or even injured. A replacement was quickly built, but not very well and had to be pulled down after 53 years. The bells were sold for £61.16.2d and a little bell-cote installed over the roof at the west end. So for 115 years there wasn't a tower and the church rather lacked presence as a result. The present robust structure, a registered bat roost, makes full amends and houses a ring of eight bells which can also be played as carillon. MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

Horses at Preston Kent.

09 Jun 2019 30 35 85
I had to dig in the archives again, June 2019 was a bit wet as can be seen by the sky! (June 2020 we were in lockdown! And it was sunny!) The horses weren't bothered by the oncoming rain though! Best full screen. HFF Everybody! MY THANKS FOR ALL VISITS,COMMENTS AND FAVES IT IS APPRECIATED.

A Yellow Rose?

09 Oct 2020 22 19 80
With splashes of pink or is it a pink rose with lots of yellow? MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT IT IS APPRECIATED

Westcliff Ramsgate

09 Oct 2020 15 12 57
The green in the foreground used to be an old pitch and putt course you can still see the bumps in the grass today. The tree is near the cliff edge and looks over Pegwell Bay (the tide is out), on the other side of the bay can be seen a small wind turbine (which I have never seen work) and was there when the cooling towers of Richborough power station were in operation, the site is still active as the power generated by the wind farms (behind my left shoulder) is carried by cable under the sea across the bay to a new facility and onwards by pylons to keep the lights on in Canterbury! Better viewed large or full screen Please. MY THANKS FOR ALL VISITS AND COMMENTS IT IS APPRECIATED

It's lunchtime!

09 Oct 2020 45 41 139
saw this grey Squirrel dashing along the top of a fence with his lunchtime treat! 2 seconds later he was gone up the tree! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED.

kingsdown PiP

11 Aug 2017 27 37 97
An archive picture of mine the Graveyard of St John the Evangelist Church Kingsdown, Deal, Kent Kingsdown is a village immediately to the south of Walmer, itself south of Deal, on the English Channel coast of Kent. Parts of the village are built on or behind the shingle beach that runs north to Deal and beyond, while other parts are on the cliffs and hills inland. The parish of St John the Evangelist was carved out of the original parish of Ringwould. The village had begun to grow and a local gentleman, William Curling and his wife agreed to pay for a Church, which was finished in 1853 on a splendid site, a hill overlooking the sea, The picture of the Church can be seen in the PiP best viewed Large. HFF! Everyone! MY THANKS FOR ALL VISITS AND COMMENTS/FAVES IT IS APPRECIATED

You have been spotted!!

01 Oct 2020 42 46 135
This cat was creeping up on the gull and they both heard my steps, just had time to snap this before the cat ran off and the gull flew away, I think the cat would have lost! HFF Everyone

Southwood football ground

18 Sep 2020 25 40 114
Ramsgate Football Club is part of the South East Division of the Isthmian League. Based in the most eastern corner of Kent, the club is based at the Southwood Stadium. Founded in 1886, the club have had lots of ups and downs. Ramsgate were forced to fold in 1924 but re-formed to make a dramatic come-back in 1945. The club is known as The Rams. The most important match is when they play Margate (4 miles away) it is known as the Thanet Derby! This picture was taken with the camera placed on top of the gate! With a hope that I would get the pitch! In the PiP is the club badge HFF everyone! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

Autumn Rose

23 Sep 2020 19 12 96
Saw this rose whilst on my walk this morning between the showers! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT

Southwood Water Tower

15 Sep 2020 40 44 127
The precise extent of the once wooded area from which Southwood in the town of Ramsgate takes its name is uncertain. Today, Southwood has much clearer definition in the local inhabitant's mental map as a predominantly residential area and as the home ground of Ramsgate football. It equates with the area of the former Southwood Farm and of Southwood House. Southwood's large, Victorian water tower is also one of Ramsgate's distinctive and prominent landmarks. The Southwood neighbourhood occupies an area of about half a square kilometre, and consists of predominantly late nineteenth and early twentieth century houses. It sits on elevated ground one kilometre to the west of Ramsgate town centre and behind the more prestigious houses, cliff-top promenades, and greens of the West Cliff area. The Tower was built in 1887 and was made a grade II listed building in 1988, now converted into flats. Apparently my house was lot 3 when the farm was sold and was used as a brickfield until the row of houses were built in 1902. A brickfield is a common location name in southeast England. Its name derives from a field where the topsoil was removed and the clay beneath was stripped, and mixed with chalk and ash to create bricks, we now have topsoil and chalk so I suppose all the clay was used up! I can see this building from anywhere in the front of the house. I went to take a pic of the front of the building but it is packed with cars! The pov makes it look as if it is leaning but it isn't, I think it is called perspective convergence!! HFF Everyone!! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

Japanese Anemone

10 Sep 2020 26 16 96
This delicate-looking perennial is a reliable late-summer to mid-Autumn bloomer, producing masses of dainty white to pink to rose blooms rising above attractively lobed medium green foliage. Flowers may be single, double, or semi-double. The term Japanese anemone is misleading, it is actually a native of Hupeh province in eastern China, but it was grown in Japanese gardens for centuries, hence the confusion. Robert Fortune (1812-1880) introduced it into Europe in 1844, having apparently discovered it running between the tombstones in a Shanghai graveyard. This one was spotted growing in a garden in Ramsgate, Kent MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

A fine Ramsgate House

10 Sep 2020 25 28 90
On a grey day, this fine old house with fenced verandah HFF Everyone!!

Tyrannosaurus Rust!

10 Sep 2020 17 12 79
Seen in a front garden around the corner from me, looks like he has some food in his mouth! Best viewed large please. MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

Just lolliping around!

02 Sep 2020 54 51 203
Saw this cat on a gate post enjoying the sun in the house opposite, taken through the window the PiP gives an idea of distance and I had to crop that because of car number plates etc. HFF Everyone! My Thanks to all who visit and comment it is appreciated

Mays hall

26 Aug 2020 34 35 111
This is Mays hall Ramsgate, I believe it was once a Church, but even the local history club could not tell me! There is a religous message in the notice board. HFF ! ! Everyone

Sunflower again!

20 Aug 2020 32 22 125
the previous sunflower was blown down but I spotted this one in another garden. My thanks for all visits it is appreciated

Sunflower!

19 Aug 2020 35 40 153
It was rather windy but managed to catch it!! HFF Everyone MY THANKS FOR ALL VISITS AND COMMENTS THEY ARE APPRECIATED PS friday 21/8/20 It has now gone as it is very windy today and it is laying in the owners garden.

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