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Carolyn Black – “Exploring Landscapes” Panoramic Views On Both Banks of The Severn Including Stroat …

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 30/07/2017

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the standing stone ajoining the rail line in Stroat:

The Wibdon / Stroat Broad Stone
Photo: by Lee Lance – Watkins Aug-2012

Below is part of a digital photo of an original panoramic view, with the bridge under the rail line showing THE STANDING STONE on STROAT FARM LAND executed in Charcoal, chalk, pastels, watercolour & ink by Carolyn Black.

Carolyn Black – exploring landscapes

“What a fascinating and enriching exploration. The glimpse of your drawings makes me want to draw. Your text makes me want to walk to a river. The panoramic horizon makes me want to think far deeper and further than ordinarily.” Anthea Nicholson, author


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I’m working on new drawings constantly, mostly depicting places either side of the River Severn in Gloucestershire. Read about the historical context of how these works have evolved, over some 20 years, here. These are black & white photos of original works and, as such, are different to the actual drawings. To view them larger, click on images and they will open a new page. To gain a sense of scale, go here. They all measure approximately 75cm x 25cm.

The images shown are photos of the original work where stated (mostly in frames or in context). They have a wider tonal range and are more subtle than black and white digital. Due to the large scale of the originals, they are better represented in this way. Others are black & white digital prints, photographs of the original artworks modified for editioning, not the actual artworks.

Close ups, showing detail:

I’m delighted to say I have been awarded a Grants for the Arts to pursue the next stage – a publication – about the drawings, the River Severn and this fascinating landscape.

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The Wibdon / Stroat Broad Stone

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 09/04/2012

 

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The Wibdon / Stroat Broad Stone

I was reading, some time back, through back copies of Chepstow Weekly Advertiser I had, and noted that W.H. Greene had published a couple of his poems – Checking this out in my copy of ‘Folklore and Dialect of The lower Wye Valley‘ by Ivor Waters, a Moss Rose Publication of 1982, I noted the story on pages 72-74.

This is the story of a stone throwing competition between those old rivals Jack O’ Kent & The Devil, said to have taken place at Tidenham Chase and resulting in the Devil’s throw placing a standing stone, which menhir can be seen to this day rising some 9 feet in a field adjoining the old GWR line, still used, from Chepstow to Gloucester.

The stone stands in Stroat on the landward side some 50 feet from the railway line is rather unimaginatively known as The Wibdon Broad Stone though formerly it may well have been known as The Devil’s Quoit to judge by William Henry Greene’s poem.

It is strange that it has attracted the name Wibdon Broad Stone as it very clearly stands in Stroat on the land of Stroat Farm and at 50 inches in width it can hardly be considered ‘broad’ – It is thus more reasonable to call it The Stroat Standing Stone’ or perhaps ‘The Dolmen of Stroat’ or perhaps ‘The Stroat Menhir’!


It is said that with a smaller stone Jack O’ Kent (might that be a popularisation to Kent of the title ‘Gwent’?) was thrown somewhat further landing near Thornbury on the South Bank of the River Severn.


You can read more of W.H. Greene born in Ross on Wye in 1832 who lived for some time in Chepstow and worked as a newspaper reporter for various titles in Monmouthshire – a profession his son followed in having been a reporter for The Chepstow Weekly Advertiser – W.H. Greene died in Newport on 31-Mar-1893.


For more about W.H. Greene CLICK HERE


When the weather improves I will try to remember to get some photos of The Stone and may also be able to track down The Thornbury stone via my cousin who has lived and worked in the Thornbury area all his life.

I have spoken with my cousin and he is trying to identify Jack O’ Kent’s stone near Thornbury.

I on the other hand set out to find The Stroat Standing Stone which I eventually found, almost directly between our house and The Severn standing isolated in a field, in fact nearer 50 yards than 50 feet from the rail line.

The Menhir stands some 97 inches high from the ground level to its tip.

Though wider at the base the widest point higher up is about 50 inches.

This heavily statified menhir is 14 inches thick.

There is no indication of how deeply set the standing stone is set in the soil.




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