Monday, 24 June 2013

Lady of the Lake, Bell Tower Ladder and Organic Lines

"Lady of the Lake" :- Captured last week (20th June 2013) at Brighton Marina (UK) during a very thick and heavy sea mist that came rolling in over the English Channel. The seawater within the marina is reasonably calm on most days due to the protection the high fortress like walls provide but on this day it resembled a mirror as the mist seemed to calm it down and flatten it further. There was an eerie stillness and silence that permeated throughout. No gulls in flight or squawking, no clanking of cables on masts, no lapping of water ... everything was deadly quiet and calm.

"Bell Tower Ladder" :- In the chancel of St Margaret's Church in the village of Rottingdean (Sussex, England) this insignificant metal ladder rises up the wall from the floor and disappears through a wooden hatch in the ceiling. It's the one and only way up to the bell tower and a precarious one at that. The church is a Grade II listed building and some parts of the structure date from the 13th century. Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Pre-Raphaelite artist and designer, is buried in the nave. His wife Georgiana, one of the MacDonald sisters, and their granddaughter, novelist Angela Thirkell, are also buried there. Sir Edward Burne-Jones designed many of the stained glass windows in the church.

"Organic Lines" :- Just a few minutes walk from my front door and I find myself staring at rolling hills and farmland. The village in which I live is ancient and has been home to rural life for a very long time on the south coast of England. The church is 11th Century and the there are two entries listing "Ovingdean" in the Domesday book which was compiled and written in 1086. The first entry states "Households: 5 villagers. 5 smallholders. 4 slaves. Ploughland: 4 ploughlands (land for). 2 lord's plough teams. 1 men's plough teams. Other resources: 1 church." A few years ago an archaeological team put a few trenches in Hog Croft field next to St Wulfran's Church. A geophysical survey conducted in 1991 had revealed a number of linear features which proved to be barns and out buildings and the site of a medieval manor house with walls 1.4M wide.

All Photography © Justin Hill