Thursday, 9 May 2013

Serene Seaside, Faux Victoriana and 966 AD

"Sea Fairing" :- It was just the right weather conditions to capture this atmospheric and serene image of Brighton Pier on the south coast of England. It was 25th April (2013) and the seafront was awash with tourists and day trippers soaking up the sun that was bathing the city. There was a sea mist out on the horizon and the salt water hardly had a ripple on it. The Carousel on the pier dates from the late 1800's and the Helter Skelter has been on Brighton Pier since 1977, replacing a far older one which was destroyed in 1972.

"Iron Stairs" :- A reasonably modern iron fire escape that's obviously been designed to look far older than it actually is. This can be found on the side of a restaurant that's located within Brighton Marina (England). I liked the repetition and filigree iron work of each step.

"Pulpit View" :- I captured this image just a few days ago on Monday 6th May 2013 and it's got some seriously ancient history attached to it. This is the Church of Saint Peter in the small village of Southease in Sussex, England and it's a Church with over one thousand years worth of history! I couldn't possibly word it any better than the text from the Church Website (St Peter's) so here's a couple of snippets from it :- "At one time it was larger with an extended chancel and probably two aisles or transepts. Both were demolished, perhaps at the time of the Black Death." and "We know there has been a church at Southease for over a thousand years: in 966 King Edgar granted the church to Hyde Abbey in Winchester. The original charter is in the British Museum and a copy is on display near the door; Southease must have been quite a flourishing church and village with a thriving herring fishing industry, recorded in the Doomsday book as being one of the largest in the area." There is no record of when the church was built and / or dedicated but that charter verifies that the church was already standing in 966 AD. The pulpit that the book is resting on is Jacobean (1603–1625), the organ was built around 1790 and is a fine example of an 18th century chamber organ and if you look carefully you can just make out some artwork on the end wall and right hand wall, the artwork is from the 13th Century. You can feel the age of this place, the history floods through its pores.

All Photography © Justin Hill