Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The Jaipur Gate, Promenade Seating and Going Coastal

"The Jaipur Gate" :- Standing in the grounds of Hove Museum (South Coast of England) you cannot fail to see this impressive structure. The Jaipur Gate was built in 1886 and carved in India for the Maharajah of Jaipur who sent it to the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in 1886 (opened by Queen Victoria on 4 May). The gate is covered with floral and geometric carvings and is constructed from Bombay teak. The latin inscription "Ex Oriente Lux" when translated reads "From the East comes light". In 1926 the gate was donated to Hove Museum and rebuilt in it's gardens as is now registered as a grade II listed building.

"Worthing Promenade Seating" :- Worthing seafront is noticeably different from that of Brighton and Hove ( Worthing is approx 11 miles or 17 kilometers from Brighton). The half mile long Esplanade was built in 1821 and was extended in 1865 but is on level to the town and beach unlike that of Brighton where it's built on several levels. The promenade sheltered seating has a 1920's or 30's look to it whereas Brighton and Hove is 100% Victorian. It also has a far more laid back and calm feel about it with brighton attracting more of the London day trippers and holiday makers.

"Going Coastal" :- Here's a shot taken from one of the public bridleways near Woodingdean looking south over the hills towards the English Channel. I often wander about using these pathways and tracks as I find it very relaxing and it commands some wonderful views. In the distance to the left of the relatively central hill you can just make out a building which is Blind Veterans UK (formerly known as St Dunstan's) which cares for ex-Service men and women blinded in action and also for veterans who have lost their sight through accident, illness or old age. To the right of the hill you can just make out the towers and roof of the famous Roedean School (an independent day and boarding school). Roedean is one of the most expensive girls' schools in the United Kingdom.

All Photography © Justin Hill