pyestock | recce

Our walk across the fields back to the car was sober. Wed spent a good four hours on site, but we were so awed by what we saw, we both knew wed be back, despite whatever was going on there. We discussed the banging noise, both agreeing there was no wind on this still June day, and decided that someone was trying to get in. We didnt want to meet whoever that was.

Later in the evening, sunburnt and relaxed after several celebratory beers at the local, I viewed the photographs Id taken. I reached a sobering conclusion: I didnt like any of them; they just didnt capture the scale, size, or sheer wonder of the site. Even trying to photograph the buildings had failed; these pictures simply refused to tell the story I wanted. My attempt to capture something of the day was completely compromised. Sighing, I then checked out the aerial photographs of the site, and worked out where wed been. I realised that wed only visited two building on this huge site, and wed barely scratched the surface.

The solution was simple: we had to return.

Looking back on this exploration, I realised wed missed several key features of the buildings wed visited, and more importantly, could also explain why.

Our exploration had taken a circular route, first underground under Cell 3 and then into Cell 4.

How did we miss the classic interior cell shots of Cell 3? Firstly we approached the cell from the eastern end, and then walked underneath the cell itself before popping up in the other Cell 3 building which is one hundred yards to the east. So, we simply didnt have the chance to peer into it, and see that you could get inside. However, our subterranean route has since flooded, so we were fortunate to get those photographs.

Another half an hour in Cell 4 wouldve given us time to climb up high, and get the classic eastern and western shots of the cell itself.

All was not lost however, and I got these shots on later trips.

© Simon Cornwell 2007

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