Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Bert's, Head for Heights and Worthing Pier and Front

"Bert's " :- A late night capture of the wonderfully named "Bert's Homestore" in Brighton, England. There are three of these homestores in the Brighton and Hove area with one in Western Road and the North Laine area , Brighton and the third in George Street, Hove. According to the Bert's Homestore website "Bert's Homestore has been described as a one-stop wonderland for kitting out your home."

"Head for Heights" :- What an incredibly breathtaking view. This was captured a week ago (17th July 2013) right on the southern edge of England at a famous beauty spot known as Beachy Head near Eastbourne in Sussex. The rural hills roll and undulate before suddenly coming to a halt with a heart stopping drop to the beach below.

The cliff there is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level which has unfortunately also led it to become one of the most notorious suicide spots in the world (with an estimated 20 deaths a year at Beachy Head). The earliest reports of deaths at the beauty spot come from the 7th century. There are no safety fences separating you from the edge so you do have to keep your wits about you when you are wandering about.

The name "Beachy Head" has nothing to do with the beach at all but has in fact slowly evolved from it's original French name listed in 1274 as "Beauchef" (meaning "beautiful headland") . By the year 1724 it had changed to "Beachy Head" and has been known as such ever since.

"Worthing Pier and Front" :- An unusual view of Worthing Pier and seafront as seen from the top of the 1930's stairs by the old nightclub on the end of the pier itself. I love the "square" shadows cast by the central window of the windbreak on the decking and the gentle curves of art deco design. Purely by chance I happened to be there just at the lowest tide so the beach was exposed and glistening. On the right of Worthing seafront you can make out an odd looking building / tower with a domed roof. That's the Grade II listed Edwardian "Dome Cinema". It was opened in 1911 and is one of the oldest working cinemas in England (the Duke Of York's Cinema in Brighton opened in 1910 and is also still in operation).

All Photography © Justin Hill