Photogrammetry + Books!

My book for #3DScanBooks on Sketchfab is “The Buildings of England, Cornwall” by Peter Beacham and Nikolaus Pevsner.

This model was created using Autodesk Remake with 100 photos. I also tried Agisoft Photoscan though the mesh came out much simpler in Remake and Agisoft couldn’t pick up all of the black surfaces. The book cover was very shiny and as I had to take the photographs outside, although the lighting was more even, the weather was slightly windy so there was some slight distortion in the model.

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3D Model: St Michael’s Chapel, Roche Rock

Cornwall is my 2nd home from home and in between archive visits and surfing last summer I visited the Chapel of St Michael, at Roche Rock, located near Bodmin and St Austell. Alongside Tintagel and St Michael’s Mount, the chapel is now on my list of top favourite locations.

Hannah Rice at St Michael's Chapel, Roche Rock, Cornwall
Me standing at the chapel entrance, 2016.

The romantic ruin of St Michael’s Chapel is perched on top of the rock and there have been many speculations as to why the chapel was built in its high-up location, including a lookout point, a place of worship for pilgrims travelling south and a hermitage.
The medieval chapel, constucted of granite, was licensed in 1409 and appears built into the schorl rock formation consisting of a 3-tiered structure with the flooring removed. It is a listed building, see Historic England’s listing.

Model created in Blender (personal project) using polygon modelling and my own photographs as reference.

St Michael's Chapel, Roche Rock, Cornwall 3D model by Hannah Rice
View of St Michael’s Chapel, Roche Rock. Image copyright: Hannah Rice

Exploring Cornwall: Castle, Cave and Cathedral

Cornwall is my second home from home! If you’re after seeing magical places, Cornwall ticks all those boxes. It is a heritage treasure trove! I’ve just got back from another two weeks down in the far south west of England, trekking about the Cornish countryside in the back of a van and thought I would post an update about three of the sites I’ve seen.

St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, Marazion
Walking along the causeway to the Mount

St Michael’s Mount, Marazion is a new favourite of mine. The St Aubyn family still reside in the castle however the island is now mostly owned by the National Trust to ensure its long term preservation.

It is a beautiful island, complete with a harbour, exotic gardens, Victorian dairy and a winding cobbled path up to the castle. After traversing across the man-made granite causeway (which was being re-made on our visit) we were led through the island’s picturesque harbour featuring a 15th century pier and a series of cottages. The island was once home to over 200 people in the early 19th century until the growth of nearby Penzance across the bay.

St Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall
View from the gardens of the castle

The castle itself is a magnificent and imposing work of architecture and really is worth the long hike up the island path. It boasts a combination of building fabric spanning centuries, from a chapel built on the site of a church from 1135 to a period of construction in the Victorian era. It’s a romantic building and has been used in popular culture, such as the exterior of Dracula’s castle in the 1979 film Dracula.

Gull Rocks at Holywell
Gull Rocks (the two islands, right) at Holywell

Moving on to another special place I visited was the sandy bay of Holywell featuring a site of pagan pilgrimage- a holy well inside a cave.

This holy well takes the form of naturally-created basins shaped in the cave’s wall from a spring that falls from a hole in the ceiling.

Caves at Holywell
Caves at Holywell

It is said that mothers travelled from afar to baptise their children in this well. The tide was coming in too quickly to get photos, so have a look at the Megalithic website for images of the well.

The last place I visited was Truro, Cornwall’s only city. The city did have an almost York-like feeling about it with the skyline being dominated by a cathedral presence- Truro Cathedral.  This cathedral surprised me as being a recent construction in the Gothic Revival style, built from 1880 – 1910 and designed by John Loughborough Pearson. I have always been amazed by how the Victorians recreated the gothic styles of the Medieval England’s past with such attention to detail and iconography.

Truro Cathedral
Truro Cathedral

Truro sits alongside Lichfield Cathedral and St Mary’s Episcopal Church (Edinburgh) as being the only UK cathedrals with three spires. What is also interesting is that the cathedral is the “first to be built on a new site since Salisbury was started in 1220.” (Quote from Truro Cathedral website)

There are lots of other places of historical and spiritual significance in Cornwall and I hope to write more about those in the future…