A few photos of Crindau

When I finished the monthly reeds photography at the end of 2010, I wanted to replace it with another project because I seem to work best with particular themes (and of course it gives me something to blog about apart from how untidy my studio is!).

I decided to focus on an area of Newport called Crindau, which is fairly close to Shaftesbury Park, where I photographed the reeds.  It is an area which is, I think, under the Council’s spotlight for redevelopment – a new, huge Sainsburys was built on the derelict gasworks site last year and they have plans to built a marina on Crindau Pill, one of the inlets from the River Usk.  Whether it will happen in this economic climate is anyone’s guess, but I decided that it would be a good plan to capture the area in photographs before it happens.  There are a lot of derelict warehouses, as well as quite a few operational ones, there – it is a funny mix of residential and ex-industrial; lots of potential for distressed walls and arty rusted fences…

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There’s a lot of up and down so you get great rooftop views.

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And the odd bit of arty graffiti.

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I love these old derelict factory buildings.  Note the individual facades – none of your identikit shoeboxes here.

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And you turn a corner, and a flight of steps beckons you….

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To this street of Victorian terraces (can you see the Civic Centre tower on the horizon….

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But then you turn another corner and, in the middle of all those little Victorian terraced houses is Crindau House, this longhouse dating from about the 1500s!  I didn’t know of its existence until a few weeks ago when I came upon this plaque.

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When it was built, this house would have been in the middle of countryside – right up till the 19th century, in fact.  Now it’s enclosed by all these Victorian terraces, a secret medieval survivor.

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4 Responses to A few photos of Crindau

  1. Hilary March 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Love this, specially the soldier…you have such a great eye for searching out bits of history and interesting takes on what probably passes the rest of us by.

  2. Carole March 2, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    Liz, I couldn’t resist looking up Crinau House. It sounded fascinating. There was a lovely old print, showing the mullioned windows. I should have stopped there! A newer photograph showed how it has been ruined. What a shame.

  3. Susan Lenz March 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi!
    Thanks for the comment on my blog! The cemeteries we visited in Dudley were both by the two churches and had such great character. Your ancestors are resting in a very picturesque location. Your photos of Newport make me want to visit there too as I love those derelict, old factories too.
    Susan

  4. lynda Howells April 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    l was born in Newport..liked your blogx lynda