Thursday, 24 April 2014

Monastery Steps, Spread Your Wings and Closed Beach Cafe

"Monastery Steps" :- Up until a few years ago this building was the home to "Cinque Ports Pottery" in the ancient village of Rye in East Sussex, England. Rye itself is shown on medieval maps and has a rich, vibrant and sometimes violent history attached to it. The Mermaid Inn originally dates from 1156 and was used as a meeting place for the notorious "Hawkhurst Gang" who were smugglers who were eventually hanged for murder. The old pottery building in this image has a fascinating history as it was once an Augustinian Friary! You can read about the history of the monastery building here :- The Monastery

"Spread Your Wings" :- This image was shot from a path along the South Downs Way not far from the village of Kingston in Sussex, UK. The view looks East over Kingston itself and out towards the chalk faces of the hills near Lewes and beyond to Mount Caburn (center of image). The distant hill to the right of the image is situated near the village of Firle (which is an old-English/Anglo-Saxon word meaning overgrown with oak). Firle was once part of the Abbey of Wilton's estate during the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042–66). This entire area is steeped in a thick and rich history that dates back many centuries.

"Closed Beach Cafe" :- This is the Meeting Place Cafe which is near the Peace Statue on the seafront by the boundary of Brighton & Hove on the south coast of England. The cafe has been run by the same owners since 1977 and is always busy (weather permitting). I'd been on a long walk along the promenade, I'd watched the sun go down from the far end of Hove Lawns and was making my way back towards Brighton when I noticed the cafe gently illuminated and all closed up for the night. I set the camera up on the tripod and patiently waited for the odd dog walker and roller skater to pass by and then grabbed the image with the sea providing a peaceful and calming backdrop.

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