Original Paintings by Steven Cronin
Watercolour painting of Derwent Water in the Lake District,
Derwentwater (or Derwent Water) is one of the principal bodies of water in the
The lake occupies part of Borrowdale and lies immediately south of the town of
Derwentwater is a place of considerable scenic value. It is surrounded by hills (known locally as fells), and many of the slopes facing Derwentwater are extensively wooded. A regular passenger launch operates on the lake, taking passengers between various landing stages. There are seven lakeside marinas, the most popular stops being: Keswick, Portinscale and the
The Keswick—Borrowdale road runs along the eastern shore of the lake and carries a regular bus service. There is a lesser, or unclassified, road along the western shore connecting the villages of Grange and Portinscale.
Derwentwater gave its name to the Earldom of Derwentwater.
The lake is believed to be the last remaining native habit of the vendace (Coregonus vandesius) fish from the 4 originally known sites:
Watercolour painting featuring Coniston Water in
Coniston Water (usually simply called Coniston locally) in
In the 20th century Coniston Water was the scene of many attempts to break the world water speed record. On August 19, 1939 Sir Malcolm Campbell set the record at 141.74 miles per hour (228.108 km/h) in Bluebird K4. Between 1956 and 1959 Sir Malcolm's son Donald Campbell set four successive records on the lake in Bluebird K7, a hydroplane.
In 1966 Donald Campbell decided that he needed to exceed 300 miles per hour (483 km/h) in order to retain the record. On January 4, 1967 he achieved a top speed of over 320 miles per hour (515 km/h) in Bluebird K7 on the return leg of a record-breaking attempt. He then lost control of Bluebird, which somersaulted and crashed, sinking rapidly.
In recent times, Coniston Water has become known for a controversial murder case. Mrs Carol Park was dubbed the "Lady in the
This watercolour view is along the River Axe looking towards Brent Knoll. I spent a wonderful couple of hours the other Saturday strolling along this way. I got the scale slightly out as Brent Knoll is a little smaller from this point. The sun was blazing and sparkling off the muddy banks though I haven't quite managed to capture it unfortunately in this painting. I think this would make a perfect spot to make some painting videos.
Brent Knoll is a 137 metres (449 ft) high hill on the Somerset Levels, in
Brent Knoll has seen human settlement since at least the Bronze Age. Brent Knoll Camp is an Iron Age hill fort, with multiple ramparts (multivallate) following the contours of the hill, broken only by the main entrance on the eastern side.
Before the Somerset Levels were drained, Brent Knoll was an island, known as the Isle (or Mount) of Frogs, that provided a safe haven from the water and marshes. According to legend, Ider son of Nuth, who was one of King Arthur's knights, came to the Mount of Frogs on a quest to slay three giants who lived there. The fort has been claimed as the site of Mons Badonicus.
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Windermere is the largest natural lake in
Windermere is a ribbon lake. (Ribbon lakes are long, narrow and finger-like.) It was formed 13,000 years ago during the last major ice age by two glaciers, one from the Troutbeck valley and the other from the
The lake is drained from its southernmost point by the River Leven. It is replenished by the rivers Brathay, Rothay, Trout Beck, Cunsey Beck and several other lesser streams. The lake is largely surrounded by foothills of the Lake District which provide pleasant low-level walks; to the north and north-east are the higher fells of central
There is debate as to whether the stretch of water between
There are two towns on the lake, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere, as the town of
Stood at the top of the hill it’s easy to find inspiration in the landscape before you. This watercolour view from Uphill looks over the marina and towards a misty looking Brean Down in the distance.
Uphill is situated at the south end of
The village is dominated on its southern side by a large hill, the southern slope of which and the quarry at its western end form the Uphill Cliff Site of Special Scientific Interest, notable for its species-rich calcareous grassland. It consists of species-rich calcareous grassland and rock-face situated on Carboniferous Limestone. Steeper banks and knolls in the grassland have a flora which includes orchids Somerset Hair Grass Koeleria vallesiana, and Honewort Trinia glauca and the Goldilocks Aster linosyris along with several species of butterfly and Weevil (Curculionoidea).
A tower on the hill is the remains of a 14th-century windmill.
This watecolour of Brean Down Fort was a commission I recently painted. I'm in this neck of the woods quite frequently. The fort has quite an interesting history so I've inlcluded a few notes below from Wikipedia.
Brean Down Fort was built 60 feet (18 m) above sea level on the headland at Brean Down, 9 miles (14 km) south of Weston-super-Mare,
The site has a long history, because of its prominent position. The earliest recorded settlement is from the Early to Middle Bronze Age.
The current buildings were constructed in the 1860s as one of the Palmerston Forts to provide protection to the ports of the
The site has been owned by the National Trust since 2002, following a £431,000 renovation project as part of its Brean Down property and is open to the public.
The fort was used as a location for filming of the second episode, "Warriors", of the BBC television drama Bonekickers.
Brean Down Fort forms part of a line of defences, known as Palmerston Forts, built across the channel to protect the approaches to
Four acres of land at the end of Brean Down were requisitioned in 1862 with construction beginning in 1864 and completed in 1871.
The fort was originally armed with seven 7-inch (18 cm) rifled muzzle-loading guns, which were among the last of this type to be made at the Woolwich Gun Foundry. These sited at three main gun positions, including W battery containing two guns on 'C' pivots (rotating around a reused Georgian cannon set upright in the ground). Each gun weighed 7 tons and had a 30-pound (14 kg) charge of gunpowder able to fire a 112-pound (51 kg) Palliser shot at 1,560 feet (475 m) per second. This could pierce 8 inches (20 cm) of armour at 1,000 yards (910 m). It was proposed to replace the 7-inch (18 cm) guns with larger 9-inch (23 cm) versions in 1888 but this was never put into action. It had a large, underground, main gunpowder magazine, 15 feet (4.5 m) by 18 feet (5.5 m) by 20 feet (6.1 m) high. The fort was staffed by 50 officers and men of the Coast Brigade, Royal Artillery, but no shots were ever fired in action.
The end of the fort's active service came at 5 am on July 6, 1900 when Gunner Haines fired a ball cartridge down a ventilator shaft into the No. 3 magazine which held 3 tons (3 tonnes) of gunpowder, causing the magazine to explode. The wall separating the fort from the moat on the south west corner was demolished and wreckage thrown up to 200 yards (183 m). No one knew why the gunner had blown up the fort, but it has been speculated that it was an act of suicide. The cannons were hauled away by traction engines.
It was then used as a café, owned by the Hillman family from at least 1907 until sold in 1936 to the 'bird sanctuary people'.
Painted from a photograph, this watercolour reveals a moody looking Loch Achtriochtan in
Glen Coe is a glen in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies in the southern part of the Lochaber committee area of Highland Council, and was formerly part of the
The River Coe — Ossian's "dark Cona" — rises at the north-eastern base of Buachaille Etive Beag and flows west along the glen, with dramatic waterfalls at the
Loch Awe (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Obha) is a large body of water in Argyll
and Bute, Scotland. It has also given its name to a village on its
banks, variously known as Loch Awe, or Lochawe.
It is the third largest freshwater loch in Scotland with a surface area
of 38.5 square kilometres (14.9 square miles). It is the longest
freshwater loch in Scotland, measuring 41 kilometres (25.47 miles)from
end to end with an average width of 1 kilometre (0.62 miles).
The loch runs approximately south-west to north-east, roughly parallel
to the two sea lochs of Loch Etive and Loch Fyne. Via the River Awe and
Loch Etive it drains westward from its northern end and thus into the
At the narrowest section of the loch are North Port (Taychreggan Hotel)
and South Port (Portsonachan Hotel). Once used by cattle drovers, a
ferry ran between these shores to facilitate crossing to markets beyond.
The Transatlantic Cable, which runs through the village of Kilchrenan,
was laid across at this point in 1955.
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Ironbridge is a village on the River Severn, at the heart of the Ironbridge
Gorge, in Shropshire, England. It lies in the civil parish of The Gorge, in
the borough of Telford and Wrekin. Ironbridge developed beside, and takes
its name from, the famous Iron Bridge, a 30 metre (100 ft) cast iron bridge
that was built across the river there in 1779.
The area around Ironbridge is described by those promoting it as a tourist
destination as the "Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution". This is a
falsehood based on the idea that Abraham Darby perfected the technique of
smelting iron with coke, in Coalbrookdale, allowing much cheaper production
of iron. However, the industrial revolution did not "begin" in one place,
but in many. The growth of railways, spinning machines, weaving and other
industrial inventions and activities were going on all over the country.
Smelting iron by Darby was but one small part of this generalised revolution
and was soon superseded by the great iron-smelting areas.