Saturday, January 07, 2012

New uses for old warehouses

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The two buildings in today's photograph can be found near the railway station in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. They are, from left to right, a furniture store and a block of flats. However, the former was the old Clover Warehouse while the latter was (and still is) known as Sharpes Warehouse.

Sharpes International Seeds are a company specialising in "the development and supply of cereals, peas, beans, oil seeds (particularly linseed), grasses and root and forage crops." It is a company that can can trace its history back to 1560. Presumably the large Victorian warehouse that now houses 31 flats was part of that business, as was the old Clover Warehouse. I imagine that the location next to the railway was to aid distribution.

Both buildings appear to be examples of sensitive conversion to new uses. The basic shape of each building has been maintained, with even the covered loading bays still evident. I bent down low with my wide zoom lens at 17mm for my photograph and used the edge of the pavement and the double yellow "no parking" stripes as leading lines to take the viewer's eye from the foreground to the buildings. Black and white seemed the best option for this fairly graphic composition.

photograph and text (c) T. Boughen

Camera: Canon
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 17mm
F No: f6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/640
ISO: 100
Exposure Compensation:  -1.0 EV
Image Stabilisation: N/A