Cornfield and Creake buildings, Walsingham. (© D. Yaxley.)
Cornfield and Creake buildings, Walsingham.
Norfolk landscapes are full of patterns, the vast majority of them formed by man's activities such as farming, drainage, and planting. In this landscape the structure of the picture, formed by the receding track and the horizontal line of the far side of the field and the distant barn, is complemented by the detail of the ripe corn and the weeds by the edge of the track.
These buildings sit on the edge of a World War Two airfield and bombing decoy but survived the war and still remain whilst the landscape hides its past use as an airfield.
David Yaxley was born in Mundesley, brought up in Paston, and educated at The Paston Grammar School, North Walsham. After National Service in Egypt he took a degree in History at University College London. He has written and lectured on local history, art history, and architecture for the W.E.A. since 1964. His wife Susan, also an historian and writer, and his elder son Thomas run The Larks Press, which has now produced a hundred and thirty-five titles - history, memoirs, biography, natural history, maps, reference, quizzes, fiction - all connected with Norfolk by author or subject. David Yaxley has been painting seriously for over thirty years, and has had solo exhibitions of watercolours and drawings at Holkham, Hales Hall, Burnham Market, Litcham, Cley, Sheringham, and The Crome Gallery and The Assembly House, Norwich. He is a regular exhibitor at The Royal Norfolk Show, and has contributed to many other exhibitions around the county. He has been Archivist at Houghton Hall since 1971.
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World War Two airfield and bombing decoy, NHER 1966