About Past Remains

Past Remains is my architectural & landscape history website and I'm mainly using this blog in order to save my articles (over 300 pages, lol), since the website builder has become unstable and virtually unusable. It also means I can add some stuff that I wouldn't necessarily put on my website; some of those quirky finds without enough detail for a proper article. My website home page can be seen below, which tells you more about my mission, and you can visit it at www.pastremains.co.uk 

A view of yesterday from today

Remains of our national and local history surround us. Despite the state of flux and change to the urban and rural landscape there are reminders of that history, spanning from as long ago as 5,000 years to our more recent past. The way the landscape has changed is evident in prehistoric earthworks, such as hillforts, stone circles and barrows, and can also be seen from the effects of farming, travel and industry. Quarries, mills, canals and railways, etc, have all had an impact on the landscape, leaving many interesting and delightful traces of former activities.

This is a personal record of discovering many of these delightful remains, from the more dramatic of them - Stonehenge, castles and cathedrals, for instance - to the more prosaic and easily overlooked, such as the vernacular architecture and the connection between local buildings to the landscape. It also includes Urban Exploration of the more recent past, of derelict and abandoned buildings, military installations and defences from WW2, industrial structures, as well as evidence of earlier history. Past trade and leisure activities are seen along the way, together with various oddities still to be found in town and countryside...monuments, decaying machinery, old street furniture and other charming curiosities.

Most places visited are in and around East Devon and West Dorset, but also include some from elsewhere in Britain. The continuing quest will see further discoveries, many additions and on-going updates to this site, as well as further inclusion of previous visits from the last few years (now almost up to date but I still come across the odd old negatives or slides in my collection that I'd like to share), so please keep looking...and I hope you enjoy the journey.

COPYRIGHT: Please note that all text and photographs are the copyright of Eileen Wright, and should not be copied, downloaded or used without the owner's permission. Contact for permission may be made through the website or blog.

DISCLAIMER: I do not advocate visits to places other than those where the public are allowed. Any trespassing or visits to potentially dangerous sites are therefore at your own discretion and you are responsible for any subsequent problems encountered.



  1. Absolutely fantastic pictures. I live in Seaton and seeing these pictures makes me realise about the history of this area. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thank you for your nice comments; it's very much appreciated. :)