Monday, 20 January 2014

Blue Flags, Parlour Four and Iron Works

"Blue Flags" :- A cold, wet and overcast day at Newhaven Harbour. Everything had a dank, gloomy feel and look to it. The town itself sits on the mouth of the River Ouse as it enters the English Channel and the port is an important one as this is where the ferry travels to Le Harve and Dieppe in France. Due to the port and harbour Newhaven was at one time a major industrial town but much of that has been in decline over the last few decades.

"Parlour Four" :- I posted a very similar colour image of the same scene back in December 2013 but I find the monochrome version much more striking and powerful. Four student buskers were playing Christmas carols on their brass instruments directly outside the Theatre Royal in New Road, Brighton, England. Once in a while someone would scurry and hurry by, paying them little or no attention as the rain fell down. The entire scene had a very Dickensian feel about it.

"Iron Works" :- This image is a section of the famous Victorian Bandstand (known as "The Birdcage") that stands on Brighton seafront on the south coast of England. It clearly shows the ornate craftsmanship that the Victorian's employed in their iron work and constructions. The cast iron structure was designed by a Brighton Borough Surveyor named Phillip Lockwood and was built in 1884. It is a Grade II Listed Building and now regarded as one of the best examples of a Victorian bandstand in the country. Surprisingly enough the iron work itself was manufactured by Walter Macfarlane & Co. of Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, Scotland which is (approx) 378 miles or 608.33 km north of Brighton.

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