Thursday, 9 January 2014

Sunny Worthing, Historic Angles and Coastal Blues

"Sunny Worthing" :- A gloriously hot and sunny day in June provided me with the chance to venture away from Brighton and explore the town of Worthing which is also on the south coast. Once again I struck lucky as the tide was extremely low and it had exposed much of the pier. The pier was designed by Sir Robert Rawlinson and opened in 1862. Like most piers it suffered various storm damage over the years and then in September 1933 everything apart from the northern pavilion was destroyed by fire. So what we see here now is a Victorian built pier that's predominantly 1930's in design as it was remodelled in the Art Deco Streamline Moderne style and rebuilt in 1935.. She was closed to the public last week due to the serious storms that were battering the south coast.

"Historic Angles" :- An image of part of the terrace and stairwell on Madeira Drive, Brighton. They were all constructed in the 1800's. I am not sure about the date of the steps and railings but I do know that the terrace was built in 1890. The Victorians built things to last but unfortunately those that came after them took that to mean that maintenance and general upkeep were not needed so much. Over the last couple of weeks in Brighton we have seen this section of the arches and terrace being closed off to the public due to safety concerns. The different political parties that have run the local council in Brighton over the years have unfortunately ignored much of the history that made it such a famous seaside resort and have instead concentrated on bad road layouts, bus lanes, bicycle lanes, student accommodation and various very ugly modern monstrosities that do not fit in with the rest of Brighton's character. It does makes me wonder that if the Eiffel Tower (built in in 1889...just one year before the arches and terrace in Brighton) had been left in the charge of local councils would that also now be closed to the public due to safety concerns. Probably.

"Coastal Blues" :- The undercliff walk as seen from the village of Rottingdean looking West towards Brighton. I shot this way back in April 2012 just as the light was beginning to fade. The undercliff walk itself was one huge construction and undertaking. It was built in the 1930's and used as a way to create jobs and employment. It stretches for 5.6 kilometers (3.5 miles) from Saltdean all the way down to Brighton Marina where it ends and becomes part of Madeira Drive. According to Google maps this entire route will take you (approx) 1 hour and 5 minutes to doesn't , it takes far longer than that as I have walked the entire length of this sea walled walkway at the base of the cliffs so many times.

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