Not exactly a world away as it’s a 5 minute drive from my home, nevertheless, this little old ruin of a building on the peak of a steep hill is one of the more picturesque places to visit in my hometown.
‘Mow Cop’ formed one of the ‘houses’ at primary school, me and my older brother were both sorted into this house and just like Gryffindor, we wore the colour red. Both of us made prefect and house captain for Mow Cop at school so I always had a small warmth towards the structure itself though I never went there until years after I left primary school.
Not too long ago, I went back up there with my Fuji X100 to take some updated shots of the place, the weather had been indecisive between calm sun and stormy rain for days but there was a clear few hours so I took the opportunity to shoot. Once I got up there I thought the weather had top trumped me with some grim looking mist but it actually made the place look fairly awesome to me. How better to capture an old medieval building by making it look like a Kate Bush video?
Despite the fact that everyone around here calls it a ‘castle’, it obviously isn’t an actual castle…it’s just a medieval ‘castle’ looking thing and easier to say so. It quite often serves as a kind of centre point for all to use in order to get their bearings. I could always see it when I walked to school, when I walk down into town or visit friends, some people can even see it every time they look out of their window in the morning but the best part of this place for me is the incomparable beacon of ‘home’ that radiates from there; I always know when I’m almost back where I grew up when I look out of the window on the train or in the car and see that castle on top of the hill on the horizon.