Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Hogcroft Corner, Volks Station East and Passacaglia & Pier

"Hogcroft Corner" :- I love this corner of the field. It looks very English but also as if it's come straight out of some fairy tale of Tolkien adventure. The field in question is "Hogcroft Field" and it's in the historic village of Ovingdean just a few miles east of Brighton, England. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) and this field was once the site of a Medieval manor house. Many of the humps, bumps and undulations that you see in the field are hiding archaeological treasures. The wooden stile in the corner of the wall (just to the left of the leaning tree) takes a bit of climbing over as it's at head height when you get to it and you have to carefully negotiate your way up a few stone steps before making your way over and into the field above. It's a very beautiful and picturesque part of the village.

"Volk's Station East" :- Believe it or not this monstrosity of a structure is the Eastern "end of the line" station for the quaint and historical Volk's Railway on Brighton seafront. There's nothing aesthetically pleasing about this building at all and it's far from keeping with anything else in the area. The Volk's Electric Railway (VER) is the oldest operating electric railway in the world. Because of that fact it's seen a few changes and alterations since it first opened in 1883. The eastern end of the line was shortened in the late 1990's to make way for a storm water storage scheme to be built. The new station was built to incorporate the Southern Water pumping station and was officially opened in 1998. It was a controversial design and it's placing also ruffled a lot of feathers as it's off center with the ornamental terraces behind it. Needless to say it looks run down, unkempt and in need of a good lick of paint even though still operates as the station for the Volk's Railway during the summer months.

"Passacaglia & Pier" :- Somewhat of a rare shot and image from me as this one actually features a few people. This was the sunset as seen from Brighton (UK) seafront's lower promenade a few days ago on the 24th April 2014. The giant five meter high & 20 tonne "Passacaglia" sculpture (by Charles Hadcock) seemed to frame the sorry and forlorn looking ruins of the West Pier. The lighting was perfect, the iron was glinting and it was one of those moments that Brighton beach is known for.

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