Last Sunday, I went on a photo-drive – not a photowalk – I drove between three locations, taking photographs at each. My first stop was at the charming old-world village of Burton and this post will be the first of two about the village.
Burton is a village in a conservation area about seven miles North of Chester, and is located near Neston on the Dee side of the Wirral Peninsula in the unitary authority of Cheshire and Cheshire-West – but only just. It lies within a mile of the border with Wales that stretches across the Dee-estuary onto to the English side, adjacent to the Burton-Mere wetlands site of the Royal-Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
The Liverpool-University Botanical-Gardens at Ness are just along the road from the village.
The village’s name is said to mean ‘fortification, farm or settlement’. The village has a long history. According to the website of the local residents association, Burton is thought to date back to the 8th century and was first been recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘Burtone’. It was on the main road for travellers between London and Birkenhead and was a thriving port in medieval times as an important anchorage for ships trading into Chester. These days it is now well inland as a result of the silting of the River-Dee.
The photographs that I took for this post are of the buildings of various styles and ages, that date from the middle-ages onwards, though there are also some Georgian brick houses. All of my photos were taken as I walked along Burton’s winding village main street.
I assume that the property above was one of those Georgian brick houses – though it appears to me to have been extensively modernised.
I have no idea about the age of the two houses above. They both feature a lot of sandstone and probably stand on the local sandstone bedrock. The brick chimneys and roof tiles are clearly later than the thatched roofs seen on some of the older houses.
For today’s photo, I’ve chosen one of Barn End Cottage, a thatched single- storey building on the village main street. It is said to date from about 1450.
EXIF Data were: I used my Fujifilm X-T4, 26 MP, cropped-sensor, mirrorless camera paired with a Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/2.8 lens. Shutter speed was 1/320 secs @ f/5 and 18.7 mm. ISO was 800.