The Grid: Let the exploration begin…
October 31, 2011
For those of you not in the know, each year Newport students are challenged by ‘The Grid’, a project which starts with your hand drawing a section of map out of a photocopying box. The original scrap of paper is a photocopy from the A – Z, but in the days of Google Maps, it’s much more fun to see this:
Just to the North East of Newport, the area of Langstone/Llanwern/Underwood is mostly rural. It includes areas of ‘estate’ housing, a couple of farms, at least four churches, three pubs, a couple of golf courses and some riding stables. It’s not at first glance particularly exciting…
Although some of my classmates drew businesses out of the box, I was glad to get the map, and I was also glad to get one that included so much GREEN SPACE.
My initial exploration was car based. I drove around the roads and lanes which made up my grid, stopping occasionally to photograph whatever took my interest. I didn’t spend any time trying to get the exposures ‘right’ on my camera, so slapped wrists for me, but simply wanted to document in a basic form what was ‘there’.
Highlights of a damp day included:
The real highlight was meeting the lovely Barbara (no photographic evidence exists of this I am afraid) and Richard in the level-crossing box… Each told me a couple of very interesting things about the area which might develop into a project.
Day two of my exploring saw me walking in the area around Llanwern Park Farm and woods…
‘The big house’ is no longer there… A story definitely to be explored further (I am very excited about this!)
Richard told me that he had read somewhere about a bishop’s palace in the area years ago… Could ‘Monk’s Ditch’ be anything to do with this?
The next stage is to do bits of internet and library based research. I want to find out more about this bishop’s palace, ‘the old contemptibles’ and about Lord Rhondda and his house which is no longer there… More on this story later!