St Cross Hospital in Winter light

by Stridey

Set in open meadow land to the south of Winchester, the Hospital of St Cross was founded in the 1130īs by Bishop Henry of Blois for `thirteen poor men, feeble and so reduced in strength that they can scarcely or not at all support themselves without other aidī. The hospital was placed under the care of the Knights of St John, and the thirteen Brothers of this foundation still wear black gowns and a badge depicting the Jerusalem Cross.

Taken with a Pentax M 28mm 3.5 lens, recently acquired from LennyBloke. This is one of the first shots taken and I am very impressed with the rendition and sharpness of this lens.
Uploaded12/12/2015 - 19:44
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alfpics
Posted 12/12/2015 - 21:19 Link
Nice lighting picking out the buildings and the foreground.

Don't know if you are aware, but there was/ is a 'hospitality' thing associated with this place. My wife and I walked the South Downs Way from Eastbourne, ending in Winchester. If you care to wander another 3/4 mile or so down this meadow, you can ask for the 'wayfarers dole' which is a small beaker of London Pride and a small piece of bread!
Andy
davidwozhere
Posted 12/12/2015 - 23:57 Link
I think there is a similar French tradition called la pittance des voyagers or similar. It's curious he built such a vast edifice for the stated purpose when more humble buildings would do the job better
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davidstorm
Posted 13/12/2015 - 00:37 Link
Very nice image and an interesting story.

The lens is great BTW, I have had one for some years and it's probably my favourite landscape lens, limited only by its focal length on a digital crop sensor camera. You might have noticed, it has a way with greens, which is one of the reasons it is a favourite of mine for landscapes. I have a lot of shots in the Gallery taken with this lens.

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Stridey
Posted 13/12/2015 - 12:48 Link
davidstorm wrote:
Very nice image and an interesting story.

The lens is great BTW, I have had one for some years and it's probably my favourite landscape lens, limited only by its focal length on a digital crop sensor camera. You might have noticed, it has a way with greens, which is one of the reasons it is a favourite of mine for landscapes. I have a lot of shots in the Gallery taken with this lens.

Regards
David

TBH, it was your positive feedback on this lens that tempted me to buy it !
pauljay
Posted 14/12/2015 - 07:41 Link
The 'M' series primes seem to be the best lenses that Pentax ever produced! The point is certainly proven in this shot!
Paul.

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Wildwood512
Posted 16/12/2015 - 14:36 Link
Oh, I may be tempted now to secure one of these lenses for my self!😉
Nice composition, Love the lighting on the leaves that are like little stepping stones into the photo..Beautifully lit building as well. Enjoyed the history.
Cheers...Donna 😊

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