Partridges rising above Slash Hollow

This is the landscape where the Battle of Winceby in the English Civil war took  place in 1643

This is the landscape where the Battle of Winceby in the English Civil war took place in 1643

This latest work is titled ‘Partridges rising above Slash Hollow’. It is in the East Lindsey District of Lincolnshire, behind the trees on the top left is ‘Snipe Dales’ nature reserve. As with the historical uncertainty of these things ‘Slash Hollow’ may well be behind the location of the viewer, it is know as ‘Slash Hollow’ because some retreating Royalists were killed or captured when they became trapped against a parish boundary gate that only opened one way (against them) and in their panic the press of men jammed it shut, allowing the Parliamentarians time to finish off or capture many Royalists.

I am interested in the influence the landscape we live in exerts upon us and as a Scot who has live in the area for the last 25 years such historical sites still inspire me. When I was up there making a couple of sketches I startled a pair of nesting partridges, hence the title.

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