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The Boat House at Newmillerdam. This fascinating building is situated on the lake at Newmillerdam. Little is known about the history of the Boathouse except that it was built by William Pilkington, first appearing on a 1826 map.

Photographs from the early 1900's show the Pilkington family entertaining their guests; the gentlemen would shoot the wildfowl on the lake, with the ladies joining them at the Boathouse for a picnic lunch sent down from the Hall.

In July 1907 the Wakefield Express reported on Miss Mary Pilkington's 80th birthday celebrations. To commemorate the event 13 guests attended a special birthday tea at her home, Rock Cottage, in the village. The following day she invited members of the Blind Institution for tea in the Boathouse when due to the beautiful weather boating was very much enjoyed.

When the local authority took ownership of the park the Boathouse was used for storage. The deteriorating condition of this Grade II listed building had long been the concern of Wakefield people. With the support of the National Lottery and the European Community European Regional Development Fund Wakefield Council has restored the building to a visitor facility and meeting room

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Comments (68)

dashalive on March 22, 2013

just wondering if you crank up the ISO to 1000 & pull her right down to F22 weather you'd get the roots there as sharp as a tack? no real criticism mate as this one's another gem and I am enjoying taking a walk though your folio. very impressed with your variety of subject as this is key to putting large amounts of work up. well done again

dashalive on March 22, 2013

btw I'm running some shots lately on 6400 ISO and dealing with the noise situation ok with Topaz - mainly stars at night on 25 second exposures . so don't be afraid on these full daylight images to do the trade off between F stops & ISO. hoping that helps mate

stuart murphy on March 22, 2013

Thanks Dasha, it was a silly mistake here as I had the tripod with me. As you say should have been f16 or f22, instead of f8 to get everything sharp. I can at a push get away with iso3200 on my 7d but any higher than that really degrades the details. Saving up for a full frame! Regards Stuart

jacot69 on April 10, 2013

Przepiękna kompozycja!!!! L+F

stuart murphy on April 10, 2013

Thanks jacot Regards Stuart

Bach Quatre on April 24, 2013

Very beautiful photo. Like.

Best wishes from Barcelona, Ernesto.

Michael LI on May 13, 2013

Well composed picture with perfect perspective!
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Best wishes from Beijing, Michael

Happy Snapper on July 15, 2013

nice one

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 5, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by stuart murphy
    • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
    • Taken on 2012/08/03 17:24:23
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 10.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV
    • No flash