Sunday, 14 October 2012

Historic Gate, Historic Church & Futuristic Beauty

"Gatehouse Door" :- The city of Brighton (on the south coast of England) is famous for many things but one of the biggest things that put it on the map was its connection with Royalty. In 1787 a seaside retreat was built in Brighton for George, the Prince of Wales. That in turn slowly developed and grew (along with "Prinny" himself) into what we now know today as the Royal Pavilion. Due to his fathers (George III) illness, The Prince of Wales was made Prince Regent and then later became George IV, King of  the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. What you see here n this image of mine is a shot taken from inside the main gatehouse on the northern side of the Royal Pavilion. You can see by the shadows on the ancient paving that the iron gates are closed but the giant main doors were open so that everyone can still see through to the Palace. Nowadays this gateway is used mainly for vehicle access to the Dome concert hall and visiting dignitaries but in it's day horse drawn coaches would have thundered in and out.

"Norman Church" :- I was on my way back to Brighton and driving along the Eastbourne to Lewes road (A27) one day when I spoted this old looking church over a wall and away from the main roads from the car. I carried on until I got to the main roundabout and then went right around to retrace my steps (wheels) and locate the place. I' eventually found my way to the Church and a small village I'd never set foot in before. The village is called Beddingham and it has a rich and ancient history. The area itself was settled in pre-Roman times with many tumuli in the surrounding hills originating in the Iron Age. There was a Roman villa at Beddingham and apparently it was occupied up until the mid fourth-century. Then the Saxons arrived and Beddingham became a Saxon royal minster. The church was originally wooden but after the arrival of the Normans  they created the present building in local flint from the South Downs.

"Alien Skin" :- Running between Gloucester Road and Trafalgar Street in Brighton (England) you'll find Trafalgar Lane and down that lane you'll discover some great street artwork. I don' know how long this artwork had been there but it's actually on Google Maps and Google Earth ( 50°49'38.68" N   0°08'21.81" W) along with some others I shot so it must have been there for quite a while.

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