Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Red Brick, Pedestrian Priority and Tower Light

"Red Brick" :- This is the colourful old fishing quarter on the lower promenade of Brighton's famous Victorian built seafront. Now it's a tourist hot spot but it was once a different hive of activity as this was where Brighton's fishing industry was based. The colour scheme of the city has remained the same for as long as I can remember. For some reason all the Victorian cast iron railings, lamp posts and other iron work is painted turquoise and I can even remember many years ago that the Royal Pavilion itself was once also that colour. It's unquely Brighton. The yellow wooden doors and shutters of the arches compliment the cities colour scheme very well and the rch red bricks of the promenade walls radiate warmth.

"Pedestrian Priority" :- This is the start of the undercliff walk near Brighton Marina. Behind me is the marina itself and the City of Brighton, ahead of me is several miles of 1930's built walkway that sits at the base of the chalk cliffs and several feet above the waterline of the sea. Strollers, runners, roller skaters, dog walkers and cyclists all use this stretch. The sign sticking up just right of center is warning cyclists of "Pedestrian Priority", something that is often ignored by the many pedal pushers that choose this route. There have been a few times where I have literally had a rider and bike brush past me from behind without any word of warning. They whizz here and there with their safety hats and water bottles with very little regard to the familes out for a walk with their kids or the odd dog off the lead enjoying a run. It can be very hazardous as it lures everyone into a false sense of security.

"Tower Light" :- The thing I like about living in the UK is that you can pretty much fall over anywhere and find yourself looking at some history. This is especially so within East and West Sussex on the south coast of England as it is here that we were invaded many times by different people....but mainly by the French. Some of the invaders landed, slaughtered, stole and left as quick as they'd arrived. However some of them landed, invaded and stayed thus changing the course of history for the British Isles. In the town of Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex you will find St Mary de Haura Church. The church was founded at the end of the 11th century in 1096 by Philip de Braose, whose father, William, had fought with William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It has since been listed at Grade I by English Heritage for its architectural and historical importance. I have been inside many very ancient buildings but St Mary's does that rare thing of making you feel like you have literally stepped back in time. Her interior walls, columns and buttresses are thick, heavy and solid. It welcomes you in but lets you know that it was built by others. It looks and feels Norman ... and it also feels as though they are still here. The church has been described as “One of the most magnificent Romanesque parish churches in the whole of the south-east of England” and wandering around inside her cool stone interior it's easy to see why.

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