Capturing History Challenge – Week 9

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Welcome to yet another Capturing History Challenge. Got some more fantastic sites and some slightly unusual places to show you this week. As always none of this would be possible without the continued support of each and every contributor. To start off we travel to Kanyakumari, India to see the intriguing Thiruvalluvar Statue & Vivekananda Rock Memorial. Then its over to Sri Lanka and the Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Followed by a return trip to India continuing on from last weeks visit to the Walled City of Delhi. But this time, we have the Kashmere Gate. Next its closer to home with a trip to France to see the wonderful Tower of Bridiers. Then its across the channel to England with a trip to Oxford for the annual May Day celebrations. Not far away in London we have an unusual find at the Dinosaur Court at Crystal Palace. Then we move across the water to Jersey for the first time to see the 13th century Fishermen’s Chapel and sanctuary path at St Brelade’s. Before lastly but not least we return to the Emerald Isle to see the sad old ruins of Cullahill Castle which I visited with two of my junior RuinHunters. So before we continue, just a quick reminder about the Spooktacular Challenge for Samhain/Halloween, depending on your views and/or customs. Images should be submitted via email by no later than midnight GMT on the Monday 26th Oct, so I can ensure the challenge is ready to be posted on the Saturday morning. My email address is as always For more details please click HERE.

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1. Thiruvalluvar Statue & Vivekananda Rock Memorial @ Kanyakumari, India. By Krishnapriya P G  @HeightsOfCraziness

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2. Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Sri Lanka. By Phil Platt @WheresPhil

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3. Kashmere Gate Wall, Old Dehli, India. By Rajiv Chopra  @ RajivChopra

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4. Tower of Bridiers, France. By Liz Lloyd  @ LostInThePast

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5. May Day, Oxford, England. By Sue Vincent @ Daily Echo

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6. Victorian dinosaurs, Crystal Palace, England. By Geoff Le Pard @TanGental

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7. Fishermen’s Chapel & Sanctuary Path, Jersey. By Roy McCarthy @ BackOnTheRock

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8. Cullahill Castle, Laois, Ireland. By Ed Mooney @ EdMooneyPhotography

Continuing on with my Castle theme from last week. Cullahill was one of the last Castles I was privileged to have been accompanied by two of my junior Ruinhunters. It dates back to the 15th century and is rumored to have a Sheela-na-gig in part of its eastern wall? You can read all about its great history HERE.

Sadly that’s it for another week. I really have to thank each and every contributor whom has made this challenge possible by submitting their images. If you would like to know more about the individual sites please click the link under the image and visit their site. Many have posted about their image and I am sure that they would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have. If you would like to join in on this challenge, please read on…………

So here is how you too, can join in;

The plan is quite simple, each Wednesday I will be posting an image of a random site with a heritage connection. Any images sent in will be included in the challenge along with your name and a link to your site. Full credit is given to each participant. The joy of this challenge is that we can all participate and share our images whilst raising the awareness of our own particular History and Heritage. The image can be anything from an old Church or Castle, to a Battlefield or Neolithic tomb, the choices are endless. And you can capture the image on any device you choose to. It can be in colour, black and white or any variation. The important thing is that we share.

And so to make sure that the challenge runs smoothly here are a few notes on how to participate:

  • All images must have been taking by you, there is no time restriction on this and you retain the copyright for your images
  • Images should be submitted via email by no later than midnight GMT on the Sunday before so I can ensure the challenge is ready to be posted on the Wednesday morning. My email address is
  • You don’t have to even have to be a WordPress blogger. This challenge is open to everyone, please include your name and a link back to your blog, website or social media page.
  • Images should be kept at low resolution with the largest side at 1000 pixels or less, if you need help with this you can pm me.
  • Once the challenge is published I will delete all files and mails from that week .
  • Each contributor should write a small piece about their image on their blog, for readers to check out, or at least the history behind the shot by adding  to the comments of each challenge.

And don’t forget to get your submissions in for the SPOOKTACULAR CHALLENGE on October 31st.

About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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45 Responses to Capturing History Challenge – Week 9

  1. mukul chand says:

    great concept, will try to participate


  2. An exciting energy packed itinerary!

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  3. Wow! Such lovely photos. You really get the feel of being there.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Ali Isaac says:

    Spectacular as always! Have to say, it fills me with wanderlust! Those ruins in Sri Lanka are calling to me lol! I dug out my Nazca lines pics but never got them scanned in in time Ed, so sorry.

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    • All is forgiven Ali, there is always next week. Phils post was fascinating, such a glorious place. If we win the lottery on Friday Sri Lanka will be on my list of places to visit 🙂

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      • Ali Isaac says:

        Its amazing though, Ed, how we make such efforts to visit these ancient places on the other side of the world, yet so many of us are unaware of the ancient places on our own doorstep, so to speak. That’s one of the reason (among many) that I love your blog so much. I have had quite a few people comment on my blog in the past that they like my posts because they dont have places like that where they live, and I am always amazed… they DO, but they have to go looking for them. I spend ages poring over maps, driving round country lanes and trudging over farmers fields to find them, as I know you do too. Thats what you have to do to find them.

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        • I get the same, A quick google search can get you started. Alot of Americans complain that they have no culture or heritage sites like in europe, but they do! All it takes is a little effort to start with. I am still amazed how when I go out looking for a new site, I always stumble onto other places along the way. Ok so it might mean crawling through the muck or getting chased around the field three times by a mad bull, but hey thats all part of the fun. I always say its the journey that is important not the destination?

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  5. Have to say I do have a soft spot for Oxford (for obvious reasons!) but my favourite today is Thiruvalluvar Statue & Vivekananda Rock Memorial. Amazing and just standing there in the middle of all that water. Quite crazy!

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  6. Love those orange bricks. And like Ali says, the sites with a bit of personal history mean more than all the exotic and out of the way palaces.

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  7. beetleypete says:

    The great stuff keeps flooding in, Ed. I used to go to Crystal Palace Park for school sports, so I know the dinosaurs well. I love the round tower in France, full of atmosphere, and shot from a good angle too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. Krishna says:

    Thanks a lot for posting my snap. You made my day:)

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  9. TanGental says:

    Thanks for including my little trifles. Love Sri Lanka though.

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  10. wheresphil says:

    Thanks Ed for another fabulous week. I have been meaning to check out Crystal Palace for a while, so that is on the must do list now !

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  11. always fascinating!!

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  12. jazzfeathers says:

    Absolutely lovely collenction as always. I love Cullahill Castles (oh, are those your junior ruinhunters? 🙂 ) and the pics from India.

    And tanks for reminding the deadline for the Spooktacular Challenge. I’m off to work with my camera, to get the pics on my way to work. Coulnd’t enter the place yesterday. Wish me luck for today 😉

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  13. I’ve been trying to submit for history week but I don’t know how to change the resolution of my pics

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