Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Stopham Bridge, Grey Day and Trees of Yore

"Stopham Bridge" :- Now Grade I listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument this is the beautiful and very old Stopham Bridge over the River Arun in West Sussex. There's a little conflicting information about the age of the bridge as some say it was originally built in 1309 and other say it was constructed around 1422. The bridge was originally made of wood and eventually replaced by a much stronger and stable stone version. In 1821 the centre arch was altered and raised up. The bridge can be found just to the side of the A283 road between Pulborough and Stopham in southern England.

"Grey Day" :- Shot early this year on the 22nd Janurary (2014). We had already been hit by some severe storms and bad weather but what we didn't know is that there was more to come and it was going to cause a lot of damage. By the 7th February a large section of the ruined pier had vanished for good, taken by the rough seas and horrendous squalls that had hit the UK. Damaged was right across the south of England with landmarks and seaside towns being changed forever by the devastating onslaught of mother nature. Many times I forget that whilst I am photographing and creating these images I am also creating a record of things so that future others can look back and see what once was. Now there's talk of possibly building a new pier where this one is/was. It's possible that it will soon just be a memory.

"Trees of Yore" :- This is the view that greeted me as I drove around a bend on Mill Road in the town of Arundel in West Sussex. There was nowhere to stop so I had to drive on a couple a minute or two, park up and then run back with the camera to grab the scene before the light changed. It was mid evening (around 19:30 pm) and I'd stopped off in Arundel for a quick browse around before heading on back to Brighton. The evening sun was dancing through the trees and making ther most of things before having to call it a day. The trees were just to the south of Swanbourne Lake which sits at the entrance to a magnificent 1,000 acre park behind the famously restored medieval Arundel Castle.

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