Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Family, Fell at the First Fence and Indian Gate

"Family" :- I shot this a few days ago on the 8th March 2014 as I was (approx) a third of the way through a 13 mile walk. The sun was shining, the temperature was warmer than it has been and everything looked lush. These trees are in Stanmer Park which is nearly 500 acres of woodland walks and open land which was once a private estate during the 1700's.

"Fell at the First Fence" :- Fence posts line the edge of a section of clifftop at Telscombe on the south coast of England. The wire mesh that once ran along and provided safety has weathered and been ripped away. The image is however deceiving as a secondary fence now runs along a safe distance from the old broken one and the drop to the beach way down below. I placed my camera and tripod on the other side of the newer, safer fence and took this shot in absolute safety.

"Indian Gate" :- A huge amount of patience was employed in order to get this image without anyone in the shot. This is the southern entrance and gateway to the Royal Pavilion Gardens and the Royal Pavilion itself so there's a constant stream of tourists and day trippers that come through this way! Originally there were a different looking set of gates here that provided access to the Pavilion. The Royal Pavilion Indian Gate was a gift from the people of India to "Dr Brighton" and is dedicated to the memory of the Indian soldiers that were in hospital in Brighton and Hove, during the ‘Great War’. The huge stone gateway was unveiled by H.H. the Maharaja of Patiala on October the 26th, 1921 and the inscription reads "This gateway is the gift of India in commemoration of her sons who – stricken in the Great War - were tended in the Pavilion in 1914 and 1915. Dedicated to the use of the inhabitants of the Brighton, B.N. Southall, Mayor’ ". Several buildings in Brighton were adapted to tend the sick, wounded and injured Indian soldiers. The buildings that were converted were the Royal Pavilion, The Dome, Corn Exchange, Brighton General Hospital and York Place School.

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