Capturing History Challenge Week 14

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Welcome to Week 14 of the Capturing History Challenge. Where the only thing guaranteed is a selection of gorgeous images from around the world each with their own unique and fascinating historic connections and perhaps a tale or two. Kicking off this week we start of in Cambodia where we visit the Beng Mealea Temple (Lotus Pond) in the Angkor region. We then come closer to home with a visit to the City of London and the Temple Bar Gate on Fleet Street. Then its of to India for our weekly  stop, this time we visit the Tomb of Sheikh Cheli inThanesar, Haryana. Next up Im doing something completely out of character, were I am sharing something from outside Ireland. This week I would like to take you to the old medieval town of Tarragona in Spain. Then its back to the Emerald Isle for the final image of the week and a trip up into the Dublin/Wicklow mountains to look around the ruins of the infamous Hell Fire Club. I hope you enjoy them all, please feel free to comment or better still. You can join in the weekly challenge and share an image of your own. Details of which can be found at the end of this post.


1. Beng Mealea Temple, Angkor, Cambodia. By Phil Platt  @WheresPhil


2. Temple Bar Gate, London, England. By Geoff Le Pard @ TanGental


3. Tomb of Sheikh Cheli, Thanesar, India. By Rajiv Chopra  @ RajivChopra


4. Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. By Ed Mooney @ EdMooneyPhotography


4. Hell Fire Club, Montpelier Hill, Dublin. By Ed Mooney @ EdMooneyPhotography

So just for a change, this week I started with an image from the medieval port of Tarragona. The original shot was taken way back in 2005 on a little 4mp sony point & shoot camera. I wasnt even interested in photography back then and only got the camera for family snaps as we were due our first child. But as I was still involved in medieval reenactment, Tarragona was a real treat for me. It had long been associated with the Roman empire, before being controlled by the Visgoths, Moors and finally the Spanish in the 15th century. You can read all about it HERE, but be warned the images are nothing like my usual ones, so please don’t be too disappointed.

Finally we come to an old childhood haunt of mine. The hell fire club as it is known locally started life as a hunting lodge for William Connolly, the speaker of the Irish Parliament. It was said to have been built using stone removed from the desecrated megalithic tombs which once littered the surrounding hills. Eventually it came into the hands of an unruly branch of the Masonic Order known as the hell fire club. Over the years there have been many horrific tales concerning the lodge and what happened up their, including a visit from the Devil himself during a game of poker one night. You can read more about this HERE.

And so thats it for another week. As always 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.

About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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21 Responses to Capturing History Challenge Week 14

  1. beetleypete says:

    Another great selection, Ed. Nice to see a London building featured, but then I would say that, wouldn’t I?
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. jfwknifton says:

    I liked the Cambodian temple, but the story about Hellfire Club is a cracker.

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  3. chattykerry says:

    I love all of them but particularly like your clouds and the Cambodian temple.


  4. Temple Bar Gate for me this week Ed.

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  5. TanGental says:

    The Tomb of the Sheikh Cheli is my fav this week. Boy did those guys know how to build!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Darlene says:

    Some more great images. I must get to Tarragona some day. So much to see and do in Spain (much like Ireland I imagine).

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  7. wonderful images and history from everyone again this week Ed. That hell fire club image sends shivers!! Wonderful story- ! I’d like to hear more. Sorry I didn’t participate this week – I’m hard pressed here where we are only 160 years old. I have written up the only two castles and the ghosts of Chinatown- but I might have something by next week.


  8. Ali Isaac says:

    Spectacular, as always! I particularly liked how the tree had spread itself over the temple in Cambodia, staking it’s claim, like the building is some giant plaything! And of course the mysterious Hell Fire club, which I remember from when you posted it.


    • wheresphil says:

      I would love to have been there when they found these sites hidden and almost forgotten in the jungle. I think it is wonderful that some of these places were never fully cleared and just controlled enough!


  9. wheresphil says:

    Really enjoyed the Hellfire club story and I am going to have to add another site to my see when I visit India list !


  10. Thank you for liking “Storm Clouds.” This is a nice collection of historical images! 🙂 I appreciate the variety of subjects covered in this post, and I also enjoyed the story about the hell fire club. People back in those days liked to live dangerously! 🙂

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