Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Not Seaworthy, Old Defenses & Childhood Memories

"Thunderbird Four" :- This is a view looking across the River Adur at Shoreham (Sussex, England). This part of the river is an odd mixture of sea worthy vessels and half sunken wrecked boats. Wooden ribs of  old rowing boats jut out of the river bank mud here and there, a row of old houseboats line the other side of the river and some boats actually float in a way that they were designed for.

"Multi Levelled" :- Taken from the top of the promenade along Marine Parade in Brighton on the south coast of England. From this angle you can clearly see that Brighton once stood (and still does) on the edge of a cliff. The road (Madeira Drive) that you see at the bottom would have once, 150 years ago or more been covered in sea water from the English Channel. In order to preserve the cliffs and stop half of Brighton crumbling into the sea the chalk face was encased in concrete (around 1795) ensuring the coastal road and regency housing would remain safe. The famous cast iron railings were added later on as were the terraces and steps that you can see half way down. The large concrete and stone groynes were built along the beach to alter the flow of sea water and reduce erosion and from what I have been told the beach is 15 feet deep with pebbles which help stop the sea from coming over the road. A more in depth history of the development and road can be found here :- Madeira Drive History

Queen's Park in Brighton (England) was inspired by Regent's Park in London, it was designed by an architect named Charles Galloway and opened in 1825. This is the park where I used to play as a child. This is where I learned to ride a bicycle, sailed toy boats on the lake, made camps and climbed trees. It's hardly changed at all since those days and still brings back many memories when I wander around there. I had a couple of school friends that lived right on the edge of the park, Mr Philip Reeve lived in Tower Road and Mr Tab Hunter lived in Barry Walk. I am still in touch with both of them. Ah...those were the days!

All Photography © Justin Hill