Saturday, 25 September 2021

Photographer produces book of pictures of home village

Photographer produces book of pictures of home village

AN amateur photographer from Ewelme has produced a book of more than 150 pictures of the village and surrounding area.

Terry Allsop, 76, who lives in The Street, self-published Views of Ewelme: Church, Cloisters, Chilterns, which features landscapes, houses and gardens, village events and winter scenes.

The retired architect and his wife Nicola have lived in the village since 1980 and did up their cottage home.

He has been interested in photography since he was a boy growing up in Grimsby. Mr Allsop said: “I’ve never had any professional training. Just wandering around, something says to me: ‘this is a photograph’.”

It is his third book after Caught on camera: Reading in the Seventies and Newtown: A photographic journey in Reading 1974.

The first section of his latest work focuses on Ewelme and the second features images of Benson, Swyncombe, Cookley Green, Warborough and the surrounding countryside, where Mr Allsop and his wife enjoy walking their Labradoodle Bisto.

He said: “I think it shows the diversity of the landscape. As far as I can find, there are no other books of Ewelme with purely photographs.”

The book has been praised by David Cliffe, a former archivist and head librarian at Reading library.

Mr Allsop said: “He said it was fabulous and for him to use that sort of expression was the most wonderful acknowledgement.

“The people who have bought a copy have also been very complimentary.”

l Views of Ewelme: Church, Cloisters, Chilterns costs £14.99 and is available from Mr Allsop on (01491) 838798 or by emailing

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