Monday, 16 June 2014

Hut 6 Corridor, Black Rock Puddle and I See You

"Hut 6 Corridor" :- There was a point in time when this corridor officially did not exist. If you worked within it you could not tell anyone as you would have been made to sign the official secrets act. It wasn't behind enemy lines or even on the front line but on plain view in the gardens of a Manor House know as Bletchley Park. Hut 6 was constructed in 1940 purley for the decryption of Enigma messages with assistance and help from neighbouring huts. Even the huts on either side kept their silence with those working in them never telling those in Hut 6 what they were actually working on or doing. This empty corridor was once filled with people moving from room to room with handfulls of Zygalski sheets (perforated sheets named after the Polish Codebreaker who invented them). These sheets would help them to work out which keys Enigma was using that day and what its wheel orders were. Historians estimate that the codebreakers of Bletchley park saved countless lives on all sides of World War II by shortening it by at least two years.

"Black Rock Puddle" :- This was once an place full of life and laughter. It's now nothing more than a run down and derelict open space full of grafitti and weeds on what should be a beautiful part of Brighton's seafront. This is an area known as Black Rock and up until 1978 /79 it was the site of the famous 1930's built Black Rock swimming pool / lido. It's situated directly to the West of Brighton Marina and offers access to the marina itself via a couple of unsightly concrete walkways that force you into darkened areas. Safety wasn't at the forefront of any of the architects minds when the construction of the marina took place. The section of the promenade in this image is often strewn with pebbles and filled with large puddles of salt water forcing tourists to look where they are going.

"I See You" :- A seamark to sailors, a 200 year old landmark and an emblem for the historical village of Rottingdean (Sussex, England). This is the Grade II-listed Beacon Mill and she's been standing on Beacon Hill since 1802 thus making her one of the country's oldest windmills. She's a familier sight as you drive along the coast road into Brighton, she can clearly be seen from the protective walls of the Marina and also Brighton's famous Victorian Pier (on a very clear day you can just about make her out from Worthing Pier too but you do need to know where you are looking to be able to spot her). Beacon Hill itself is a historical place as it has a number of Bronze Age rounded Tumuli on it and was used to warn of the approaching Spanish Armada attack on Elizabethan England in 1588 when a beacon was lit high up on the brow of the hill. Beacon Hill is also a nature reserve and is a peaceful place to wander whilst offering magnificent sea views.

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