Buildings!

Dunmore is something that is very close to my heart because I was originally born within a village named Dunmore. For the sake of my own anonymity, I do not wish to disclose where I was born. However, as someone who is a simple town boy, I feel like any village or county that is named after a Dunmore is my own home. I feel like I have a home in nearly every continent in the world thanks to Dunmore being such a popular name. This may not make sense to people who were born within a city and are used to travelling, but for those who were born in a very small village and knew every aspect of every building, and even knew everyone who lived and worked in any building and even their ancestors, you would realise how close you would feel for that village. I like to think that deep down, no matter what Dunmore you are originally from throughout the world, you are always connected to one of the other Dunmore and you are always family.

Thanks to my village life, I have been able to greatly appreciate buildings of all shapes and sizes. Architecture is something that really interests and intrigues me, as I am only used to small buildings with the same shapes and designs. When I first left the village of Dunmore, it was to go to university in London. If you have ever been to London, you would notice just how many amazing buildings there are within the city. There are the obvious buildings such as the Tower of London and Westminster Palace, but then there are other buildings that really stand out for different buildings. Although the ones I already mentioned are obviously beautiful and amazing, when you look at them you can truly see the history behind them. That is why other, newer buildings such as the famous Gerkhin and the Shard are such marvels when it comes to buildings and design.

When I was a bit older and I finished my study in university, I eventually went to apprentice on a building site in Manchester. I first got my big break within the company of Manchester builders who took me on and treated me wonderfully. They really took to me and allowed me to be part of their team, and I immediately started learning from them. I took such an interest in buildings that I decided I wanted it to be part of my career path. I decided that I wanted to create these buildings myself that one day someone like me when I was younger would look at with marvel. I wanted to really place my own mark within this world, and I felt taking part on the construction of such beautiful buildings would be the way I really wanted to do it.

I have taken great interest in buildings and one day I want to become an architect. Eventually I want to be able to build my own Dunmore village with a complete influence on a contemporary design style. I want to create a village that looks like it was made 100 years from now, rather than 200 years from the past. This is my dream, and one day I want to be a master builder who can really achieve things in this world.

I hope you enjoyed my blog post today. I just wanted to detail how much I love buildings. I hope you have read some of the blog posts I have created in the past. I also hope that you follow me in the future where I detail just how I will create my own Dunmore. For now, I will continue to work in Manchester and learn the trade more than I am now. Speak soon!

Dunmore, Virginia

Although this is cheating a little bit, I wanted the next post to be about Shenandoah County, in Virginia. Although you may be thinking that it has nothing to do with Dunmore, you would be surprisingly wrong. This county used to be referred to as “Dunmore County”, and we can only be sorry for them for losing such a great name! The county of Dunmore in Virginia is bigger than the one in Pennsylvania, and as of 2010 the estimated population is nearly 42,000. What makes this number slightly more enjoyable however, is the county seat. The county seat of Dunmore is actually Woodstock, which is famous for the large parties in the 1960’s!

The history behind Dunmore county is as impressive as it is horrifying. Originally the land was possessed by the Senedos, who were thought to have been the occupants of the land first. They were a native American tribe who had ties to many areas around that land. However, at some point within the 17th Century it is said that the Catawba tribe had slaughtered all Senedos within the area and claiming the land for themselves. That is why it is thought the name of the valley and the new county name had come from the tribe itself. However, it is also said that at one-point George Washington while he was still just a general had named it after an Oneida chief from New York called John Skenandoa, who helped him gain support of various tribes during the Revolutionary war.

After a few years, it is said that the colonial Governor Gooch had purchased the land from the Six Nations by the Treaty of Lancaster in 1744. This had meant the official owners of the land itself were controlled by the new colonies. The colonisation period from Europe had already begun by this time. The county itself was first named the Shenandoah County, and it had been officially established in 1772. The reason it had been called Dunmore Country was due to John Murray, the Governor of Virginia. He had been the 4th Earl of Dunmore, and Woodstock became the County Seat for the area. Dunmore was the last official Governor that had been appointed by the Royals, so by the time the American revolution had begun, John Murray had been pushed out of office. That is why the county itself was renamed by the rebels by the time the land became official.

What is surprising about the area Dunmore County is the demographic of those who are living within the area as of 2010. Most of the demographic is White, making up a total of 93% of the Population. 6.1% of the population within the County are Hispanic or Latino, and numerous other minorities make up the difference. This is a small number when considering the melting pot, the world has become. However, of the 93% that are white, only 26.4% consider themselves as American. The rest consider themselves German, English or Irish due to ancestry. I find this statistic interesting, as there are not many places within America that so many white inhabitants would class themselves as something other than American.

I hope you enjoyed todays blog post. While I had been a little flexible with the truth, I still find the county very interesting. I hope you enjoyed todays post, so make sure to stay tuned for more in the future! If you haven’t already, please check out some of my previous posts too!

Dunmore, Pennsylvania

The next Dunmore that I would like to discuss is Dunmore, Pennsylvania in the United States. This Dunmore is notable for numerous reasons. It is one of the biggest Dunmore’s around the world and is classed as more of a borough than a village because of the overall size. It is based in the Lackawanna County region of Pennsylvania. The borough was originally settled in roughly 1835 and had officially been incorporated at 1862. Due to the vast resources that Dunmore had within the county such as stone, brick, silk and even coal, the overall population of Dunmore had increased from 8,300 + to 23,000+ within the space of half a century. Unfortunately, once those resources had been expended, the population slowly dwindled. As of 2010, the overall population is closer to 14,000. As of 2016, it seems there is an estimate of only 13,187 in total population within Dunmore.

The actual village of Dunmore itself had been one of many villages that had sprang up from the Providence area, and the actual borough was purchased from the natives of the area over time. By 1783, shoemaker William Allsworth had visited the area for finding land for his home. When he had been looking for the land for his new home, he had set up camp on the direct spot Dunmore would eventually be founded. After realising that many other travellers who visited through needed somewhere to stay for rest, Allsworth built his home on the spot. After a few years, the home became a point of interest for many travellers and tourists in the area.

After a few years of Allsworth home being built in the area and travellers visiting the area, a few locals began the labour of clearing the area and plowing the lands of the neighbourhood. This area would eventually be purchased between 1799-1805. Eventually, a tavern would be built within the area that was owned by various patrons, the first of which was Allsworth. After a while, those who purchased the land and built the tavern to begin with would eventually be those who ran the tavern. The true appeal of Dunmore within this period was not the tavern, but rather the possible agricultural possibilities that was brought by the land. Many began to settle within the area for the possibilities that the land had brought. This had been when Orlo Hamlin, the first physician of Dunmore had settled within the area. This is roughly when the value of the area and the total population began to boom. This was compounded by the saw and grist mill built in 1820.

Eventually, the first village that had sprouted was dissolved, and the land had been split to form several boroughs and towns within the area. Dunmore was one of those boroughs. Dunmore is now bordering the city of Scranton, which has become mainly famous by the TV show “The Office U.S”. What is less surprising, is that the borough of Dunmore had been named after the very famous and much loved (by me) village of Dunmore, Falkirk. The actual borough of Dunmore is much larger than the original village of Dunmore in Scotland. The actual borough itself has a total area of 9 square mils and 98.9% of the total area is pure land mass. The remaining percentage of the area is filled with water. The percentage of water within the borough flows from the Roaring Brook.

Finally, there are numerous notable people that either lived within the Dunmore area, or were born within the area itself. One of these notable people is Joe Mooney, who is a hall of fame baseball groundskeeper. He was loved within the Boston area for his work specifically with the Red Sox. Another notable but sadder inclusion of notable people from the Dunmore area is Carol Ann Drazba, who was unfortunately the first American nurse within the Vietnam War to be killed during wartime. Carol was only 23 at the time, but she was a hero for her age. Other notable people include Vic Delmore and Nestor Chylak, who were both Major League Baseball umpires.

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Dunmore, Falkirk

The first Dunmore that I would like to discuss is quite close to my own heart. Dunmore, Falkirk is based within the country of Scotland, and it is within driving distance of other important provinces such as Stirling and Falkirk. Dunmore itself is based between Airth and Throsk and can be found along the road of A905. It’s on the bank of the River Forth, making the actual village what can almost be considered a coastal region. The population of Dunmore is a very, very small village. There is only 70 people based within the village itself as according to the United Kingdom Census of 2001. What makes the statistic increasingly interesting is that this is lower than previous Census’. It will be a while until another Census of the United Kingdom is released so I will be interested to find out the total population closer to 2021. It is entirely possible the overall number is even smaller.

Dunmore, Falkirk is based relatively close to the city of Edinburgh, which is the capital of Scotland. It is 24.8 miles away, which is a small drive from the village. Even more interestingly about Dunmore, is the postcode. The official postcode of Dunmore is “FK2”, which is scared by many different villages around the area. This is a relatively rare site around the United Kingdom, as London alone has over 90. Speaking of which, the city of London is 350 miles away from Dunmore, making it almost a total day worth of a drive away.

Dunmore, Falkirk is very different to the other Dunmore’s around the world for one specific reason. It is the only village called Dunmore that was not originally named after it’s namesake. It had originally been named as the “Elphinstone Pans”. However, the Countess of Dunmore in the 1840’s had actually remodelled the entire village. The village had originally begun as a settlement and was too small to be considered a village. After the local landowner had remodelled the entire settlement into the village it is now known as, it became suitable to house those in the area. It has also turned into a conservation area rather than just a small village.

For such a small village, there is a landmark that is owned by the National Trust of Scotland, which is considered a significant deal for homeowners in the Dunmore area. The landmark is called the “Dunmore Pineapple”. The landmark is known as a folly, which in architecture is a building that is constructed just for the sake of decoration. The Dunmore Pineapple is one of the most famous folly’s in the world because of the pineapple stone carving on the top of the building. This is such a distinctive and unique design that is almost unmatched around the world. The pineapple itself has also made the village of Dunmore relatively famous, as many come to see the Pineapple.

Another thing that I find surprisingly interesting about the village is that someone who is considered notable has come from the village itself. Lionel Wordsworth Hinxman “L. W. Hinxman” was a Scottish geologist that specialised in Scottish mountains. He became a loved figure by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the village of Dunmore has become incredibly proud of him since.

I hope you enjoyed todays post, as Dunmore, Falkirk is very close to my heart. I lived there for a time, and I hope to see the village again as soon as I can. Please check out my previous posts too!

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The Beauty of Dunmore!

Dunmore has a lot of meaning for those within England, from family names and decedents to the very meaningful town otherwise known as “great fort”. Dunmore, Falkirk is a small town in the United Kingdom, and has a total amount of 79 people within the population. This makes it one of the smallest villages within the entirety of the United Kingdom. However, it is also an amazing town filled with many landmarks and beauties. There are also many other towns around the world with the name of Dunmore, such as within the United States, Ireland, Australia, Scotland, Canada and even the Bahamas. In this blog, I want to discuss some of the many towns named Dunmore within the world.

One of the many beautiful aspects of smaller villages or towns around the world named Dunmore are the buildings within the area. Many have the common building type of cottages or hamlets, based on the designs of homes when the areas were first populated. It is very common for older villages to keep the same building styles as when they were first established for the sake of continuity and general aesthetics. Throughout the years, these smaller villages were often built around older and antiquated planning and architectural systems, and because there is such a great pride for the history of the villages themselves, there is little need for change. Many of the buildings within these villages are also old because apart from natural weather effects, there is little effecting the structural integrity of the buildings themselves. All they require is simple upkeep every few years to ensure that the building will run optimally.

I also find it personally interesting as I am someone from one of these smaller towns. I come from a Dunmore, and the “insignificance” the villages are considered to have is not actually accurate. These villages have homed hundreds of people throughout history and are some of the oldest populated areas in these countries. Although that does not sound very interesting to some, I find it interesting because I personally believe the place I am from is a part of my own personal history. Whenever I visit the Dunmore within the United Kingdom, I am filled with great pride and happiness that such a small community has managed to survive and thrive for such a long time within history without having been affected by the politics and businesses of the outside world to a severe extent. As an architect, I am also happy because it means that I get to take full advantage of that pride when visiting my home.

I also find it slightly interesting that there are so many villages around the world with the name “Dunmore”. I assume it is partially due to the colonisation periods, where many cities and towns around the world would be named after or influenced by towns and hamlets within the United Kingdom. Considering that all the villages named Dunmore are within the counties that England had colonised throughout that era, it would make sense that the influence was from the England Dunmore. This is repeated with many cities around the world. A good example of this would be “New York” in America, clearly named after the city of York in England. Another would be Manchester, which has become famous by the film “Manchester by the sea”. These villages are built with an influence of “home” in mind, and over time while the rest of the world had moved on, Dunmore villages around the world had continued to stay the same. Although this may be a subject that people cannot make much sense of interest, I still think that the history of our world is an amazing subject that would continue to be relevant and interesting throughout time. Villages like Dunmore make a key part of this history, which can be known as the “overlooked” part of history itself. Many people forget that these long-standing towns exist, but they do, and the buildings themselves have yet to fall.

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