An Eastbound March to Ely service crosses the washes at Manea. Crossing the washes is a highlight of any train journey between Cambridge and Peterborough in the winter. Taken on a bitterly cold (-7c) January day in 2010 with the kite slowly filling with ice and snow. The line was opened by the Eastern Counties Railway in 1847. To deal with seasonal flooding the line sits on 2 viaducts and a central causeway with an extensive sump drainage system.
Fulbourn Mill, built in 1808 for John Chaplin, local landowner and farmer. His family owned the Mill for over a hundred years before selling it to C. J. Mapey, who worked it until 1937, when it was left to decay, after the yet another lightning strike. By 1975 the Mill was derelict and the the Fulbourn Windmill Society was formed to start a restoration programme.
The Cambridge University Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory ‘one mile’ array antenna at Haslingfiled. The 60′ diameter parabolic dish was built by Blaw Knox under the direction of Martin Ryle. This dish along with another 2 at the other end of the mile long base line identifed the Xray source in Cynus X1 in 1964. Martin Ryle said at the time ” … we wanted to extend the range of our observations far back in time to the earliest days of the Universe, and this required a large increase in both sensitivity and resolution..”
8 of the Suffolk Martellos. 17 of the 27 towers built remain on the Essex and Suffolk coast. Dating from 1810-12 each tower is made of half a million bricks with finely detailed stone capping, unique shock -proof render, autonomous water supply, magazine, accommodation for a commanding officer, 24 men, 27 muskets and three carriage mounted 6 pdr guns on the roof. Andrew Saunders, (1931- 2009) said in of these “The collective impression caused by the Napoleonic wars has remained in the British folk memory, and still has its physical manifestation in the Martello tower, which remains the one monument of this era that has immediate popular recognition.”
Tower ‘CC’ at Slaughton, Aldeborough is the Northern end of the chain of towers. It was built as the supply depot for the Martello system in Suffolk and is unique in having 4 gun emplacements. It is now in the care of the Landmark trust.
Grimes Graves. The Neolithic flint mining site as seen form 20m above the ground. (Image copyight English Heritage 2009) This grassy lunar landscape of 400 pits was first named Grim’s Graves by the Anglo-Saxons. It was not until one of them was excavated in 1870 that they were identified as flint mines dug over 5,000 years ago.
The West front of Binham Priory, Norfolk was the work of the Prior, Richard de Parco and is a fine example of Early English work. It was probably executed between 1226 and 1244. The west window has been bricked up since the early 19th cent after storm damge caused a partial collapse. The sharpness of the stone carving is remarkable: a testement to the durability of the Barnack stone and the advanced bar tracery design.
The Bartlow Hills Romano-british burial site. These are the largest burial mounds north of the Alps and they are in Cambridgeshire. They are the 2nd largest ancient earthworks in England after Silbury Hill. Of the original 7 barrows only 3 survive. (Copyright Getty Images)
Landguard Fort, Felixstowe. Photo mosaic. The defence of Harwich Harbour placed ever heavier guns in a succession of forts. Alan Jobson, my grandfather loved this place and as children in the 1960s it was something of a holiday playground for me and my siblings. The current structure was built in 18 71 on the site of much earlier fortifications.
Wicken Mill cap detail. Wicken Corn Mill is a fine, large windmill with many characteristic Cambridgeshire features. The cap carries the four large sails of 63 feet (19.2m) overall span and 9 feet (2.74m) width. The sails open to spill the wind and control the power according to Cubitt’s patent of 1807. It was built in 1813, and the How family owned the windmill for many years from 1838 onwards. After the 1914-18 War smaller milling businesses generally became less economic in England and milling by wind at Wickham ceased in he 1930s. In 1987 the Wicken Windmill Preservation Group, of amateur millwrights and supporters, bought the mill to repair it to working order. Replacement sails were fitted in 1996.
The portico of the William Gates Building, is the latest home for the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge New Cavendish site South of the Madingley Road. Members of the Computer Laboratory have been involved in the creation of many successful UK IT companies such as Acorn, ARM, nCipher and XenSource. Designed by Robert Matthew and Johnson Marshall (RMJM), construction on the building began in 1999 and was completed in 2001 at a cost of £20 million. It was named after the father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, William Gates (the second). The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided 50% of the money for the building’s construction.
Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre. The second of the Schlumberger Oilfield Services research centres. The building was designed by Michael Hopkins and Partners in 1985 and is centred around a drilling rig test station covered by a suspended PTFE coated glass fibre membrane roof. The central span of the building is 27 metres wide.
The American Cemetery, Madingley. 3812 US servicemen lie here. Lanscaped by Olmstead Brothers of Brookine Massachusetts in 1953 the cemetery is perhaps the most lasting reminder of the US military presence in East Anglia. (Copyright Getty Images)
Felixstowe Ferry is a wonderful place to fly a kite..and sail a boat. Here the Deben and the sea come together and the order out of chaos becomes apparent with a view from mast-head height. Here is the stuff of life on the river!
The Ryle array, Haslingfield, named after Martin Ryle, and formerly the ‘5-km Array’. It was a linear east-west radio telescope array. In 2004 three of the telescopes were moved to create a compact two-dimensional array of telescopes at the east end of the interferometer. The remaining five antennas were switched off on 19 June 2006. The eight antennas have now become the Arcminute Microkelvin Imager Large Array.
Detail of the roof of the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge as seen from a kite flown off Coe Fen. Designed by George Basevi (1794-1845) and then completed after his accidental death by C R Cockerell (1788-1863), opened to the public in 1848. This view of the roof shows the stop/start nature of the development of the building.
All prints are for sale :
As seen (A1 size mounted on Foamex board) : £200
A3 prints on quality paper (unframed): £75
A3 size prints on quality papaer framed: £110
Acknowlegments and thanks:
KAP is something of a colaborative process: it is a conjunction of the skills of kite flyers, photographers, radio experitise and the weather, so this exhibition is a summation of the contribution of many. I wish to thank:
Anne Devenport, my partner who has allowed me to indulge in this strange passion and who has brought me, through her love of walking the footpaths of the region, to many of these landscapes for the first time.
Felix Blake, who has kindlly engineered the light and sound for the exhibition,
Leon Blake who, on ocaision, has patiently worked radios and cameras for me.
Jonathan Blake, Richard Blake and Marian English, my siblings and their partners for taking an intrest and taking some fine photos while I fly.
My friends in KAP:
Clive Hollins for fearless kite flying in all weathers and a tireless enthusiam for the challenge of radio, batteries and kites. Many of these photos would not have been possible without him.
and also the inspiration of
Christophe Gaston who took the first KAP aerial mapping I surveyed with and showed me how to do it.
Peter Bults who organised KAPiNed 2010 at Dordrecht and has been a fount of knowledge on matters technical ever since.
Christian Becot who was able to share his experitise so freely with me.
Brooks Leffler who made my rig and gave friendly advice from the start.
Simon Harbord who, in posting so much honest advice has saved me a huge ammount of time and expense as well as giving me the confidence that this can be done.
Ramon Pallares ( Kapix) an inspirational photographer
Hamish Fenton for wise words and magnificent photography
James Gentles for the altimeter
Scott Armitage for the gyro servos
The English Heritage Metric Survey team for technical support
For printing, mounting and advice on display:
Andrew Hawkes and Lewis Merton at Labute Ltd
Sound and light by the Curious Cambridge Gentlemen