Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Window on the World, Shoreham Tollbridge and Mrs Bumbles

"Window on the World" :- What a view. Incredible isn't it! This window looks out over the Ovingdean roundabout on Marine Drive (the A259 main coast road), Ovingdean Gap and the English Channel. On a clear day you can even see the Isle of White. Now I'll tell you that the residents who reside in this building don't see the view at all, they are all denied that joy and privilege because they are blind. The building is Blind Veterans UK (St Dunstan's since 1915) situated on the south coast of England and it provides vision impaired Armed Forces and National Service veterans with the person-centred services and tailored support they need to discover life beyond sight loss. They are NOT government funded and rely 100% on donations and fundraising. If you wish to donate you can do so here :-

"Shoreham Tollbridge" :- It's not until you drop down beside the old Shoreham Tollbridge that you realise just what an incredible wooden structure it is! It wasn't until 1781 that a wooden bridge was eventually built to cross the River Adur at Old Shoreham. It was rebuilt (apparently to the same design) in 1916 and was in constant use as the main A27 road for all traffic passing through Shoreham until it closed to traffic on 7th December 1970. In 2008 the bridge had a a "major refurbishment" and had much of its timbers, struts and beams replaced. It is said to be the last of its kind in Sussex and one of the last of its kind anywhere in the world, because of this English Heritage have listed the bridge at Grade II. The length of the old tollbridge is given as 500 ft (152 metres). To the far left of the image you can see the Norman church of St. Nicolas.

"Mrs Bumbles" :- A closed beach cafe sits on a wet seafront at Hove on the south coast of England. Seaside holidays are great providing the weather is favourable but that applies to many businesses along the coastline too. If the skies open and the rain falls the beach bars and cafes suddenly find themselves empty as the tourists leave the front and head off to fill up the bars, cafes, shops and amusement arcades they can locate within town. This was one of my long walks as I'd parked the car at Brighton Marina and ended up walking all the way along to Hove Lagoon (which is about 4.5 miles or 7.24 kilometers). Problem is I then had to turn around and walk back again.

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