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The lantern tower of the Church of St. Mary and All Saints at Fotheringhay shines through the deepening shadows of the great trees that frame it, shadows matched in darkness by those less visible that haunt the village where the final tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots was enacted. More..

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Photo © Zbigniew Siwik (2nd April 2014)
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"Fotheringhay"

Old stone bridge across the river Nene, which was the reason for Fotheringhay’s existence (Simon de Senlis, built the first wooden castle there, around 1100, to control the river crossing on a now lost main road from London to Stamford. ) After death of Richard III Fotheringhay also became Tudor property as well, after the death of Cecily, the Duchess of York, in 1497. Henry VII gave it to his wife, Elizabeth of York, and his successor Henry VIII also bestowed it on each of his six wives, taking it back each time he divorced or executed them (although number three and Jane Seymour did die of natural causes after giving birth to the future Edward VI). His first wife, Catherine of Aragon, spent a considerable amount of money on improving the castle, which had declined considerably after the end of the Plantagenets. The king himself probably visited the castle, with fifth wife Catherine Howard, in 1541 while travelling north to avoid the plague in London.Ownership of the castle passed to James I when he united England and Scotland after Elizabeth’s demise, in 1603. But he must have had little taste for the place that had seen such tragedy for his mother. By 1635, it was deserted and going to ruin, not long afterwards it was demolished altogether. Popular legend has it that James ordered its destruction as an act of revenge .

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Photographer: © Zbigniew Siwik (Gallery)(2nd April 2014)
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Fotheringhay

Old stone bridge across the river Nene, which was the reason for Fotheringhay’s existence (Simon de Senlis, built the first wooden castle there, around 1100, to control the river crossing on a now lost main road from London to Stamford. ) After death of Richard III Fotheringhay also became Tudor property as well, after the death of Cecily, the Duchess of York, in 1497. Henry VII gave it to his wife, Elizabeth of York, and his successor Henry VIII also bestowed it on each of his six wives, taking it back each time he divorced or executed them (although number three and Jane Seymour did die of natural causes after giving birth to the future Edward VI). His first wife, Catherine of Aragon, spent a considerable amount of money on improving the castle, which had declined considerably after the end of the Plantagenets. The king himself probably visited the castle, with fifth wife Catherine Howard, in 1541 while travelling north to avoid the plague in London.Ownership of the castle passed to James I when he united England and Scotland after Elizabeth’s demise, in 1603. But he must have had little taste for the place that had seen such tragedy for his mother. By 1635, it was deserted and going to ruin, not long afterwards it was demolished altogether. Popular legend has it that James ordered its destruction as an act of revenge .
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Camera Make: Canon Model: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority, Focal length: 53 mm, Aperture: f 8, ISO: 100, Exposure time: 1/200 sec, Metering Mode: Multi-Segment, Exposure Bias: -0.33333333333333 EV
Date/Time Creation: March 22, 2014, 12:14 pm
ImageID:1189132, Image size: 3888 x 2592 pixels

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Comment by rustyruth(2nd April 2014)

It's a wonderful bridge. Thank you for the detailed narrative, it brings the picture to life.

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Comment by Pat TroutPremier Member! Click for more info..(2nd April 2014)

Fantastic set of pics Zbig.

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Comment by Rod BurkeyPremier Member! Click for more info..(3rd April 2014)

Great picture and thank you for the narrative.

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