Wednesday, 17 September 2014

All is Calm, White Rails and All Saints' Street

"All is Calm" :- Here's an unusually calm and serene view of the River Thames as seen from Gravesend, a town in northwest Kent, England. The town is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and is also associated with the composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (he was posted to Gravesend in 1862, where he wrote part of his first symphony) and also with Pocahontas (1595–1617) who was taken ill and died ashore in Gravesend at the age of 21. She was then buried somewhere under the chancel of St George's parish church in the town.

"White Rails" :- Simple and linear. Fortunately for me I'd sturned to look at the sea and noticed how these white barriers looked from a certain angle and decided to take the shot. I'd have walked past otherwise withought giving them much notice. They are on the beach near the old ruins of the West Pier and denote a pedestrian path that's been laid down whilst the i360 tower is being built nearby. To me it looked like they were holding back the sea.

"All Saints Street" :- This is All Saints Street in the coastal and historical town of Hastings in East Sussex, England. This is where you'll find some of the oldest surviving houses (dating from 1450) in the town and much of Hastings would at one time have looked like this. The house with the stone window to the left is now called "Pulpit Gate", It was rebuilt in the 1950's and apparently used parts of the demolished Normanhurst House near Battle. It stands on the site of the old Harbour Bar beerhouse & pub. There was once a medieval town wall that extended from the West Fort at the lower end of the High Street to the East Fort at the bottom of All Saints Street. This wall had 3 gates which were "Sea Gate" at High Street, "Water Gate" at Bourne Street, and "Pulpit Gate" at All Saints Street.

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