Sunday, 18 August 2013

The Other Side, Beach Posts and Historic Interior

"The Other Side" :- An old worn and wooden door provides a sneak peak of the grandeur that's behind the wall. This is the garden wall to Glynde Place an Elizabethan Manor House and home to the Viscounts Hampden, whose forebears built the house in 1569 at Glynde in East Sussex, England. This grand house has recently undergone major renovations which were funded by the sale of one of the estate's paintings. The house and gardens are open to the public for tours.

"Beach Posts" :- The Paston Place Groyne in Brighton (England) is commonly known as Banjo Groyne due to it's shape (the groyne has circular viewing platform). It was built in 1877, is approximately 270 feet long and 14 feet wide. It's just one of a number of large concrete breakwaters that changed the way the tides affected the beach which in turn allowed the growth of the shingle bank and land reclamation. This is how we come to have a lower seafront road called Madeira Drive. These posts are at the northern end of Banjo Groyne near the Volks Electric Railway works sheds and Peter Pan's Playground (a small, fully-enclosed adventure playground for children). In the distance you can just make out Brighton Pier and on the far right hand side the newest tourist attraction which is the Brighton Wheel.

"Historic Interior" :- You are now looking at some incredible history. This is the interior of the church of St John the Baptist in the hamlet of Clayton in Sussex, England. This is an 11th Century church and even though the paintings on the wall look relatively bright and new they are not...they were painted in the early 12th century and rediscovered more than 700 years later! They are truly breathtaking and the detail and colours that they still retain make it hard to get your head around just how old they are. The walls were painted by monks from Lewes Priory and are considered to be "some of the most important in the country" and "unique in England for their extent, preservation and date". You can read more about the church and it's incredible artworks here :- St John the Baptist's Church

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