Thursday, 21 August 2014

Motorboat, White Door and Battle Abbey

"Motorboat" :- A boat with an outboard motor heads up the River Arun at Littlehampton, a seaside town in West Sussex, England. It has been said that Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Constable all visited Littlehampton at some point and spent time in the resort. It's another town that is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 though it can be traced further back to Roman times.

"White Door" :- Souvenir shops, cafes and ice cream stores all jostle for attention in the small and quaint fishing port and village of Mevagissey in Cornwall, England. Everything is backed by a seemingly constant cry of gulls as they swoop around the tourists waiting for something edible to be dropped. A few of the braver gulls land and walk defiantly towards a few holidaymakers as if to put pressure on them to throw food their way. In a small corner of all this mayhem and just within a few feet of the harbour itself I spy a small white door at the top of a narrow set of steps. Just to the right of the steps and tucked away down below there's an old stone alcove that looks as though it predates everything else around it. My mind goes off on a tangent of thought processes as I take the shot. I find myself thinking about how all towns and cities are an amalgamation of centuries of settlement. Each one leaving some architectural marker to let us know it was there. I then make another mental jump and find myself thinking ahead into the far distant future and wonder what will be left of our modern world for others to ponder about and wonder what will have replaced a vast majoriy of it.

"Battle Abbey" :- Seriously imposing and highly impressive. This is the main entrance and gate house to Battle Abbey in the small town of Battle in East Sussex, England. If you go through the arched entrance and enter the complex you will discover a field. No ordinary field though as this was a battle field. The battle that happened here was one of the most important and history changing battles that has ever happened in England. This was the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. A few years after the Norman Conquest Pope Alexander II ordered the Normans to do penance for killing so many in answer to the Pope's order William the Conqueror said he'd build an abbey where the battle had taken place. It was finished somewhere around 1094. We're lucky that some of it survives at all because Henry VIII destroyed many of the Abbey's and places of worship during his Dissolution of the Monasteries and Battle Abbey was all but raised to the ground. Fortunately for us it was remodelled in the late 13th century.

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