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5 minutes from chez johnnymag

5 minutes from chez johnnymag
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Copyright: John David (johnnymag) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 18 N: 465] (2357)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-11
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Abstract
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Nikkor 24-120mm AF-S, VR
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): our wonderful world, Friday Theme 2008/09/12 "5 Minutes From Home" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-11 6:56
Viewed: 1920
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
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Here is my addition to the theme...

Following Dr. Helen's orders precisely, I needed to walk into town to collect my car which I had left parked up last night, after having a couple of quick beers to celebrate the success of a friends fashion show, (more on that later!).

So, 5 minutes walk exactly from my front door, I turned through 360 to see what was worth posting and I was faced with this large sign which is on the approach to a main cross-roads in the town where I live, Knaresborough.

And I thought it might be an idea to explain some of the symbols, which could inform the TL masses about the town in which I live, so here goes,

From the top:

Bond End: Is the name given to the junction which this roadsign is for (By the way you arrive at this sign from the direction of Boroughbridge)

Harrogate A59 - Major trunk roads in the UK are prefixed with the letter A, and the A59 locally runs from York through Knaresborough and Harrogate onto Skipton.

The brown panel in a roadsign indicates tourist information. The red rose is a symbol used in England to indicate a tourist attraction, [a dragon symbol is used in Wales, and a thistle symbol in Scotland- and you thought we were all the same!] The tourist attraction in this case is Old Mother Shipton's Cave, which is reportedly the oldest tourist attraction in the world, attracting visitors since 1630!

The 'P' is I think internationally recognized as the symbol for parking, the 2 trees indicates woodland (in this case at Coyningham Hall) and the canoeist indicates boating, (here on the River Nidd, which runs through the town).

A1(M) is on a blue panel, and anything road sign which is connected to a motorway (Autoroute on the continent) is shown on a blue panel. The A1 is a major trunk road which links London with Edinburgh and shouldn't be confused with the M1 (which is all motorway). Sections of the A1 have been upgraded to motorway standard and these sections are indicated with the suffix M next to the road designation number.

A59 goes to York, as discussed above.

Town Centre: On a brown information panel and includes the following features:

A car park. (Well 6 actually, and lots of on street parking, both pay and display, and free disc parking)

A Castle: Built on a cliff overlooking the River Nidd, Knaresborough Castle was an important castle. It was built around 1100 by a Norman baron on a cliff above the River Nidd. In the 1170s Hugh de Moreville and his followers took refuge there after assassinating Thomas Beckett. King John regarded Knaresborough as an important northern fortress and spent ₤1290 on improvements to the castle. The castle was later rebuilt between 1301-1307 by Edward I and later completed by Edward II. John of Gaunt acquired the castle in 1372, adding it to the vast holdings of the Duchy of Lancaster.

The castle was taken by Parliamentarian troops in 1644 during the Civil War, and largely destroyed in 1648 not as the result of warfare, but because of an order from Parliament to dismantle all Royalist castles. Indeed, many town centre buildings are built of 'castle stone'.

The remains are open to the public and there is a charge for entry to the interior remains. The grounds are used as a public leisure space, with a bowling green and putting green open during summer. It is also used as a performing space, with bands playing most afternoons through the summer. It plays host to frequent events, such as FEVA. The property is owned by the Crown as part of the Duchy of Lancaster holdings, but is administered by Harrogate Borough Council.

The M in a building symbol indicates a Museum: This is situated in the old courthhouse within the castle walls and includes items of local archeaology, Industry and social history.

The M in a panel indicates a Marketplace, and there has been a market held in the town since 1206, however the first charter to hold a market wasn't granted until 1311 by King Edward II.

The i in a panel indicates a tourist information office, and Knaresborough's TIC is situated in Castle Courtyard, just off the Marketplace.

Lastly, the bottom panle shows the direction for the nearby towns of Pateley Bridge and Ripon. I say towns, but Ripon is actually a City as it has a minister. The red circle is the only mandatory sign, and prohibits vehicles larger than 7.5 tons from using the route.

Hope this all makes sense!!! Just shows what there is 5 minutes from home!

Thanks for the theme, Helen.....i'm just off to take some anti anorak tablets!



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  • Dian Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 53 W: 4 N: 42] (246)
  • [2008-09-11 7:14]

Hi John, great entry, I am sure Helen will love this one. Your notes will be extremely helpful next month when I hit your roadways or should I say motorway.. in any case great picture, with good colours and sharpness (esp if you were having troubles focusing for other reasons).

Very very good - never thought a sign would be so photogenic. Nicely captured.

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  • Kli Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 15 N: 199] (2054)
  • [2008-09-11 11:48]

Bonjour John,
Merci pour le sourire que tu viens de m'offrir.
Une façon originale de traiter ce thème.


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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2008-09-11 12:49]

Amazing what looks good on Treklens.. very eyecatching, and very interesting and informative notes.. well done. I hope you didnt get lost on your way home..lol..

Though I must add, (seen through a tourists eyes, as I recently visited UK)..Im glad this was a clean sign.. as most signs in Britain are very dirty..some green/brown growth going on there, was very noticable...during my stay.

Thanks again for sharing
Dawn (NZ)

Hi John,

I really like this one a lot. With everything one needs to know on one sign, I'll be sure to visit. The colors are vibrant and bright. Glad you filled the entire frame with the sign.

Thanks for all of the interesting notes too. It is interesting how signs and symbols vary from country to country in some regard.

thanks again, Lisa

Hi John,you did really well writing all that information.
You are lucky living in such a nice place.[We have visited Knaresborough numerous times.]
The sign is sharp.You did well finding a sign with such a lot of information on it.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-09-12 2:37]

You need an instruction book to follow what the road signs mean. I can see me stopping at each sign and checking up what each message and sign means.
Well shot John - good front-on angle, all straight lines.

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  • beyza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 52 W: 20 N: 11] (271)
  • [2008-09-12 5:46]

Tabela çok karmaşık.


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  • WTS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 52 N: 275] (1434)
  • [2008-09-12 11:14]

LOL - what more can one say, Nicely captured and fitting for the theme, now did you ever find your car?


Hi John

What an excellent idea for the theme, well seen and very well captured too. Your notes are absolutely superb my friend, well done this is an innovative post

TFS and for joining in the theme

kind regards Helen

This is a stunning photographic achievement, John !
A giant leap in this field...
A path to follow for all of us...
Amazing... (I wonder if you used the camera to do this masterpiece )
The colors (especially the upper left corner)...The shape of the letters...
Killer, man... A smoothy killer...


BTW: I always thought that the oldest tourist attraction in the world were the bordellos in Alexandria (still are !!), since 400 BC, but what do I know about the photography (?)...

Cheers, dude


Grossly underated photo, IMHO


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