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Celtic Roundhouses


Martin Mere in south Lancashire is owned and run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Before the mid seventeenth century it was one of the largest lakes in England, The local land owner had it drained  and since then signs of life from over several thousands of years have emerged, including dug out canoes, tools and implements.

The WWT has decided to build some Celtic Roundhouses on the site to give an insight into what life was like during those early times. These are two of them in amongst the rushes at the edge of the small lake that is there.

It was a grey wet day but a higher ISO than usual and Image Stabilsation has helped to get a reasonable picture. Hopefully when I go back in better weather I can do them more justice.

Celtic Roundhouses


Martin Mere in south Lancashire is owned and run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Before the mid seventeenth century it was one of the largest lakes in England, The local land owner had it drained  and since then signs of life from over several thousands of years have emerged, including dug out canoes, tools and implements.

The WWT has decided to build some Celtic Roundhouses on the site to give an insight into what life was like during those early times. These are two of them in amongst the rushes at the edge of the small lake that is there.

It was a grey wet day but a higher ISO than usual and Image Stabilsation has helped to get a reasonable picture. Hopefully when I go back in better weather I can do them more justice.

comments (8)

  • Ann
  • France
  • 22 Jan 2008, 07:39
This is a nice shot !!! Those roundhouses in the middle of the nature, should give us a good lesson, and inspiration to build nicer houses that insert better into nature ... I love the colours ...
Les Auld: The intention is to use them as teaching aids, amongst other things. Glad you like it Ann.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Jan 2008, 10:46
This roofing style on a rondavel (our word for a roundhouse) is a lot like we get in the Venda area of northern SA.

Great picture.
Les Auld: The style seems to be stateless and crops up in many other places, thanks for the comment Louis.
It is amazing how architecture has traveled the globe. This could be in Africa.
Les Auld: Very True Mary, thanks for the comment.
Looks like south african rondavels! Great shot Les
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, they could be anywhere really.
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 22 Jan 2008, 21:25
considering the fact it was dull and wet thats a fine result Les,with fine light been cast on those roundhousessmile
Les Auld: Brightened it up a bit in photoshop Tim, thanks for the comment.
  • Digi
  • from the sun
  • 22 Jan 2008, 22:18
Did not reaise there were there, must have a look on my next visit. technology has triumphed, great pic.
Les Auld: They are over the back of the site Alistair, on the way to the new hide. Thanks for the comment.
  • Ellie
  • Hants, UK
  • 23 Jan 2008, 00:24
They're wonderful.

It'll be interesting to see how the thatch has survived the winter
Les Auld: Thanks Ellie, probably quite well, and if they don't there are plenty of replacement materials growing by the front door.
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 2 Feb 2008, 09:27
A good picture for a grey day. When I spotted the thumbnail, I thought you'd been to Africa! But it's Lancashire!
Les Auld: A land of many mysteries is Lancashire, thanks for the comment Ian.

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