Tear Sheet – Condé Nast Traveller

Images of Frome, Somerset, UK for a feature on Somerset for Condé Nast Traveller UK (Philip Hill/Phil Hill)

St Catherine’s Hill, Frome, Somerset for Condé Nast Traveller magazine.

Just over a month ago I shot a set of images on my home town of Frome in Somerset, smack bang in the middle of the English countryside. It’s an interesting place, making a bit of a name by enticing city types to sip coffee and try on vintage wares. Continue reading

The London Borough of Frome, Somerset

Crocker and Woods coffee shop on St Catherine Hill in Frome, Somerset. (Philip Hill/Phil Hill)

St Catherine’s Hill, Frome, Somerset

In 2010 a little known metal detector hobbyist was pottering about a well-furrowed field on the outskirts of a small rural Somerset/Wiltshire border town. Stopping to investigate an unusually large signal he then proceeded to dig up one of the largest historic Roman coin hoards discovered in the UK, a pot containing 50,000 bronze and 5 rare solid silver coins that became known as the ‘Frome Hoard’. It was certainly a surprise for the town of its namesake, though not completely unfamiliar with notoriety, still able to throw to catch you off guard. Continue reading

The Prodigal Son – UK visit

Instagram image of St Cathrines Hill in the market town of Frome, Somerset, UK. During sunset. (Philip Hill/Phil Hill)

Back in the U,U,UK (Beatles reference).

Welcomed by the clawing cold air of an unusually bitter month of March, one of the coldest in years I’m told, at least not the fault of my Australian climate-spoilt body then. Greeted in turn by Heathrow, which is always like a disapproving relative as you move through the motions of baggage claim, passport control and customs. Actually, the worst of it was the baggage belt, I breezed through the rest with my chipped to the gills British EU passport, a nice change to the drawn out stamping ceremonies at non-European Union airports (I like stamps though).

I haven’t seen England for over 18 months, coming from Australia it’s like walking into a monochrome version of what I remember it, white sky and leafless trees, far from what I’m used to.

On the plus side the ‘green and pleasant land’ is still very green and always pleasant; the food, public transport, and the pints are noticeably better value. And without a doubt it’s nice to see every one again.

UK Gallery | British Instagrams | The Prodigal Son – Greenham Common | I Don’t Like Cricket  | Tumblr Postcards

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