Saturday, 29 June 2013

The Black Windmill, Indian Soldiers and Rottingdean High Street

"The Black Windmill" :- "Beacon Mill" has stood overlooking the sea for over 100 years. She sits on Beacon Hill, a nature reserve that's wedged in between the villages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean near the city of Brighton on the south coast of England. She was built in 1802 and worked right up until 1881 and was very nearly demolished in 1890. She is a is a three-storey smock mill on a single-storey brick base and is a grade II listed building and seamark.

"Indian Soldiers" :- This is a detail of part of The Chattri, a war memorial situated in an extremely isolated position 500 feet (150 m) above the city of Brighton and Hove, England. It was built on the site where a number of Indian soldiers who fought for the British Empire were cremated during the First World War and is yet another of the cities Grade II listed structures. The White marble used in it's construction is from Sicily. I had never been to see the monument before as it's in such a remote place high up on the downs and most people forget it's there at all which I find is ironic considering it's a memorial. In order to pay it a visit I drove out and parked on a dirt track and then had a 30 minute walk over fields which also included a field full of adolescent bulls which was rather nerve jangling. I feel better knowing that I made the effort to go there and pay my respects, it's a beautiful scenic spot and very peaceful as it's away from the traffic, noise and weekend lunatics.

"Rottingdean High Street" :- A rare image of an empty high street in the coastal village of Rottingdean on the south coast of England. There are (approx) 2,500 people that live in this historical village, some of it's more famous inhabitants have been the Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones, the Victorian novelist William Black, the author Angela Thirkell (Burne-Jones's granddaughter), the author Rudyard Kipling and the artist Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson. The most historic building in the village is the 13th century church of St. Margaret. In the summer of 1377 some French pirates invaded Rottingdean but were spotted as they landed and some of the villagers took refuge in the church's Saxon-built tower. The pirates were unable to take the tower and set it on fire; over a hundred people are thought to have died in the blaze. The church has some exquisite stained glass windows by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and he is buried at St Margaret's. After his death in 2011 the famous rock and blues guitarist Gary Moore was also laid to rest at the church.

All Photography © Justin Hill