Thursday, 11 September 2014

Hove Lawns Seating, Eight Thirty and Into Battle

"Hove Lawns Seating" :- Opposite Grande Avenue and by Hove Lawns on the wide promenade you'll discover two of these old sheltered seats (one on ether side). Most of the sheltered seating along the promenade dates from around 1886 so I presume (rightly or wrongly) that these must also be from somewhere around that date. They are famous because after his accession to the throne King Edward VII & Queen Alexandra used to spend quite a lot of their time in Hove. The peace statue is dedicated to him and the coast road through Hove is named after him (it's called "Kingsway"). One of Edward’s favourite spots to sit and relax were these very benches. Back in the early 1900's they were very much 'fit for a King' but I am sorry to say that they are now looking very worse for wear. Broken glass panes and damaged wood panels. Smelling obadly of many things I wouldn't care to mention and opften littered with empty beer cans and rubbish. What makes it worse is that thses seats are directly opposite Brighton and Hove Council's headquarters which are in a building called King's House. You'd think they would take care of such a historical place to rest ones feet.

"Eight Thirty" :- This is a view from Hove beach looking west towards Shoreham and beyond to Worthing. I'd walked along the prom for an hour or so and stopped to shoot the suneset as it finally decided to fall below the horizon. I don't see many black and white images of sunsets. I suppose it seems to be an illogical thing to do but I have created a few before and I do like the effect that the darker images create. The title of this image refers to the time the shot was taken which should also tell you that it was taken in April.

"Into Battle" :- This is a view looking through the main entrance tunnel of the gatehouse into the courtyard of Battle Abbey in the small town of Battle in East Sussex, England. This is the site of the 1066 "Battle of Hastings" which is arguably the most famouse battle ever fought on English soil. Much of the Abbey is now in ruins thanks to King Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries but a few sections have remained relatively intact. The buildings you see in the sunlight were originally the 13th century Abbot’s house and are now Battle Abbey School which is an independent coeducational day and boarding school. I have often stopped and wondered just how different Britain would have been if the Norman invasion had failed and King Harold and his army had won. Much of our language and a vast amount of our heritage stems from the Norman invasion. Many of the Churches that I photograph have clear Norman origins and they did clean up and improve much of Britain's infrastructure much like the Romans had centuries before.

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