Thursday, 2 January 2014

Stair Lights, Clear Waters and The Village Mill

"Stair Lights" :- A set of metal steps provide a shortcut and give access form Elder Place to New England Street in Brighton, England. Now in theory that all sounds fine until you know the location of the steps and realise that it would only take you two or three minutes longer to walk the "long way" around. Are we that lazy that we'd rather spend ridiculous amounts of money to have some prefab steps constructed and put in place just to save an extra 120 /180 seconds? Due o the split level nature of the roads that the steps connect they are also sheltered and at night not the safest way to go so you find yourself often walking the "long way" anyway as it's a far safer route, the road is well lit and you can see who's about more easily. Sometimes design and logic can seem ill at ease with each other.

"Clear Waters" :- This is about as far as you can go along the beach at Eastbourne (Sussex, England), beyond this point the sea takes over and the chalk cliffs rise to a terrifying 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level to form Beachy Head. It had been a wonderfully hot summers afternoon in July and I'd decided to walk along and see how far I could get as I'd never been right to the end before. Standing there taking the shot it felt like I was looking at the point where everything stopped. Beach, pebbles, breakwaters, rocks and chalk cliffs just ceased to be as the sea carried on into the distance.

"The Village Mill" :- I have photographed "Beacon Mill" on many occasions and each time I have been careful in choosing the angle and how to frame the image so that it appears to be in the middle of nowhere. This time I thought i'd do something that I normally avoid and photograph it head on showing it's position by the ancient and historical coastal village of Rottingdean, near Brighton, England. The mill has a fascinating history as does the hill that it's situated on. Beacon Mill is a three-storey smock mill on a single-storey brick base and was built in 1802. The Mill ground the corn of the village and supplied flour to the local bakers until it ceased working in 1881. According to the Rottingdean Preservation Society website "In 1923 the Marquess of Abergavenny, Lord of the Manor, granted a 99 year lease of the Mill and a small piece of land around it, to a group of important village people as Trustees for the village. The Trustees undertook “‘not to alter or detract from the picturesque appearance of the Mill and to preserve the same as an object of interest to the inhabitants and visitors to Rottingdean and district”. he Mill is Grade II listed. Beacon Hill itself is a nature reserve nestled between the villages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean (both in the Domesday Book of 1086). There are a couple of Bronze age Tumuli on the hill itself and it gets its name because in 1588 a beacon was lit high up on the brow of the hill that gave news of the approaching Spanish Armada attack on Elizabethan England.

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