Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Four Hundred and Counting, Bar Rogue and Fireplace

"Four Hundred and Counting" :- This tree is an 'Ulmus Procera' otherwise known as the English, Atinian or Common Elm. Before Dutch elm disease wiped a lot of them out they were one of the largest and fastest-growing deciduous trees in Europe. Mature English Elms are now only very rarely found beyond Brighton in the UK which is where this image was captured. This tree is no ordinary Common Elm though as it's one of the "Preston Twins" which are possibly the world's oldest surviving English Elms situated in Preston Park, Brighton. Both their trunks both with trunks exceed 600 cm in circumference. There is another image of this very tree that I posted back in September 2012 called "Sleepy Hollow", without its foliage the tree takes on a more sinister look.

"Bar Rogue" :- This is the 3 star Royal Albion Hotel that sits on the "Old Steine" with its back to Brighton seafront. It's an unusual architectural design as bits have been added to it over the centuries. It was built on the site of a house belonging to Dr Richard Russell whose promotion of sea-bathing and seawater drinking helped to make Brighton fashionable in the 18th century. Plans were drawn up for the hotel in 1822 and the four-storey structure was constructed and eventually opened on 5 August 1826. A few years later a five-storey extension was added to the west circa 1847. it was closed in 1900 as it fell into disrepair until a fellow Hotel owner (Harry Preston) bought it in 1913 for £13,500. The Lion Mansion Hotel (which is the part you see in this image) was was taken over by the Royal Albion in 1963 and became physically linked to it as a west wing. In 1998 a raging fire swept through the building due to a chef cooking a "fry up". The hotel has been used in many films, the most notable being "Mona Lisa" (1986) featuring Bob Hoskins. The hotel is Grade II listed.

"Fireplace" :- I have no idea what used to stand here on the top of the cliffs at Seaford (on the south coast of England) overlooking the English Channel. Just a few broken walls and a lone fireplace are left. It may be part of an old hotel or possible the remain of some structure from WWII. I thought it looked unusual enough to capture as an image with the red bricks standing out against the green grass and blue/grey sea.

All Photography © Justin Hill