Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Half Dome Stained Glass, Bench Row and Nineteen Eleven

"Half Dome Stained Glass" :- Stunning isn't it. It loks like it ought ot be some French 1800's interior but it isn't. It's actually the interior of the decadently lavish Middle Street Synagogue in Brighton, England. The Synagogue is no longer used for religious purposes at all and is now only used for the odd wedding. Most of the time the building is locked up and hidden from view but on the odd occasion it's doors are opened and the public are allowed to feast their eyes on a most unique look into the past. The Middle Street Synagogue was opened in 1875 and many famous names from the 19th Century were connected to it and therefore the building started to benfit from various benefactors over the years. The building is Grade II listed, is said to be "One of Europe's Greatest Synagogues" and has the finest 19th century decorative interior of any building in Brighton with the sole exception of the Royal Pavilion. The art deco stanied glass half dome is breathtaking. Its colours are still as vibrant as the day it was put in place. The entire building with its rich golds, browns, red leathered buttoned upholstery, brass and stained glass made me think of Captain Nemo's "Nautilus" and the writings of Jules Verne. This building has got to be seen to be believed.

"Bench Row" :- A shot from the path at Swanbourne Lake in Arundel, West Sussex. The lake is part of the 1,000 acre Arundel Park that sits behind Arundel's famous 11th Century restored medieval castle. Between March and October you can hire rowing boats out on the lake. I have fond memories of trying to row around here as a child. It's a beautiful and historical part of Sussex and well worth a vsit if you find yourself in that neck of the woods.

"Nineteen Eleven" :- Not the Mediterranean at all but the English Channel as seen from Bexhill-on-Sea, a town in the county of East Sussex, England. This exquisite colonnade was built to mark the coronation of King George V in 1911 and is now Grade II listed. It's looking so fine becasue it recently underwent a £3.5 million renovation. On the lower level of the Colonnade there are traditional English tea rooms and cafes. The Colonnade on the seafront is direclty opposite the De La Warr pavilion built in the International Style in 1935.

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