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Posted on 12/04/19 08:52:03 AM
Steve Caplin
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Challenge 751: St Martin's in the Fields
We had a Challenge from this splendid church some time ago, when I asked you to colour in the magnificent window. Here's a view of the outside.

It was called St Martin's in the Fields when it was built back in 1726, but now that Trafalgar Square has grown up around it, it no longer enjoys such a bucolic atmosphere.

Can you put it back into the countryside? Apologies to Mariner for the shadow of the National Gallery, you're going to have to contend with that. And to anyone else who notices such things.

High res is here.



Posted on 12/04/19 08:57:03 AM
Mariner
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Re: Challenge 751: St Martin's in the Fields
No apologies necessary Steve, it will be a pleasure.

Posted on 12/04/19 10:16:06 AM
DavidMac
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Challenge 751: St Martin's in the Fields
Steve Caplin wrote:
....... shadow of the National Gallery, you're going to have to contend with that .........


To say nothing of biting the bullet on rebuilding the entire bottom metre and a half or so .............or, of course, finding a way not to. Time for my Capability Brown hat and some judicious hedgerow planting?

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Posted on 12/04/19 11:26:54 AM
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Re: Challenge 751: St Martin's in the Fields
Interesting one this. A little research shows that when the present church was built in 1722 the immediate area was already completely built up - not a field in sight. To find them you have to go a lot further back to a different church building entirely.

So it would seem that leaves us open to pretty much go our own sweet ways ............ business as usual?


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Posted on 12/04/19 11:36:56 AM
Ben Mills
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Re: Challenge 751: St Martin's in the Fields
Groundhog Day ???



Posted on 12/04/19 4:45:20 PM
Ant Snell
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Re: Challenge 751: St Martin's in the Fields
It Looks like someone has already used my idea, found this when searching images. Dho...back to the drawing board.



Posted on 12/04/19 4:56:52 PM
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Re: Challenge 751: St Martin's in the Fields
This one was much, much harder than I expected. Went down several blind alleys on the way. Not the best result even now, but I think it's going to have to do this week.



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Posted on 12/04/19 5:32:09 PM
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Posted on 12/04/19 5:37:28 PM
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Posted on 13/04/19 01:49:24 AM
Mariner
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Re: Challenge 751: St Martin's in the Fields
David, the inscription on the church reads

D : SACRAM AEDEM : S : MARTINI PAROCHIANI EXTRUI FEC AD MDCCXXVI

which translates as

'The parishioners of St. Martin caused the Church, sacred to God, to be built in 1726.'

which suggests that there was no church until 1726. Oh dear, maybe we should stay on message!

[EDIT] Wikipedia gives earlier references going back to 1222. The game is back on David!

Posted on 13/04/19 10:42:26 AM
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Now that is erudite and clever ....... !

Yes Wikipedia was my source. According to it this one is a 'new build' comparatively speaking.

I found maps of the St Martins area from the time of the construction of the present church. They show that the area was fully urban and built upon by then in a form not too far from present day.

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Posted on 13/04/19 10:57:56 AM
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Re: Challenge 751: St Martin's in the Fields
David, I love it: the atmosphere, and the lighting is good: it looks so natural.

Posted on 13/04/19 12:53:58 PM
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Re: Challenge 751: St Martin's in the Fields
michael sinclair wrote:
David, I love it: the atmosphere, and the lighting is good: it looks so natural.


Well thank you Michael. Nice to hear my struggles weren't in vain.

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Posted on 13/04/19 3:23:55 PM
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Mont St Martin
Britain keeps a European 'presence'.



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Posted on 13/04/19 4:19:03 PM
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Posted on 13/04/19 4:25:03 PM
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Love your European presence.

Posted on 13/04/19 4:56:25 PM
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Frank wrote:
Love your European presence.


Thanks! It was fun to do. To be truthful I had already made the underwater island for a quite different personal project. So all I had to do was add the church to the island and the wreck of the 'Theresa May' in the foreground. Just seemed to fit nicely somehow ........

Yours looks like it's been transported to rural America. Very typical style there.

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Posted on 13/04/19 5:01:26 PM
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DavidMac wrote:
Very typical style there.


Except course it would more likely be made out of wood.

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Posted on 13/04/19 7:24:50 PM
michael sinclair
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Re: Challenge 751: St Martin's in the Fields
This week's challenge is identical to the one ten years ago where I spent hours removing all the people then reconstructing the steps and railings, so today I've dug it up and added animated rippling water.

PLESE NOTE You may have to wait 10 secs or so for the animated water to seamlessly move smoothly








Posted on 13/04/19 9:07:02 PM
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Re: Challenge 751: St Martin's in the Fields
Here's my second entry




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