Thursday, 16 October 2014

Vicarage,Taken Over and Way Down

"Vicarage" :- This is a shot of the vicarage from the graveyard of St Mary de Haura Church in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England. The church itself was founded in 1096 and the churchyard has remains and ruined sections of wall still standing from where the church used to extend further to the West. The picturesque Vicarage with its shuttered windows caughht my eye as I was exploring the grounds of the church. I have no idea of its history but would take a guess at the building dating from the mid to late 1800's.

"Taken Over" :- An old, weathered and overgrown barn sits at the top of a set of worn steps. It made me ponder on just how many different people had walked up and down them over the years to wear them away like that. The barn is located in the ancient village of Firle. The village's name derives from the old-English/Anglo-Saxon word _'fierol'_ which means 'overgrown with oak'. The village is (approx) 4 miles east of the town of Lewes and is listed in the Domesday book of 1086. Within the church of St Peter in Firle you'll find the final resting place of Sir John Gage (1479 – 1556) who was an English courtier during the Tudor period and he held a number of offices, including Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1542–1547), Comptroller of the Household (1540–1547), Constable of the Tower (1540–1556) and Lord Chamberlain (1553–1556). He was an Esquire of the Body to both Henry VII and Henry VIII and he also represented Sussex three times (1529, 1539 and 1542) in the parliaments of Henry VIII. He was also present at the funeral of Henry VIII and was appointed one of the executors of the king's will. He was suspended as Constable for not supporting Northumberland's attempt to install Lady Jane Grey as Edward's successor. The accession of Mary I saw his restoration as Constable and appointment as Lord Chamberlain. He bore her train at her coronation and at her marriage to Philip of Spain.

"Way Down" :- Quite a view isn't it! This is the pedestrian walkway at Roedean that connects the top of the cliffs with the undercliff walk with that runs from Brighton Marina all the way along to Saltdean. You can see the tops of the masts sticking up to the right of the image and if you let your eyes run down the slope you'll find they'll continue along the undercliff walk itself. It was constructed between 1930 and 1933 using a workforce of 500 men, used 13,000 tons of cement, 150,000 concrete blocks and cost £360,000. It was officially opened at Ovingdean Gap on the 4th July 1933 by the Minister of Health Sir Hilton Young. Initially it stopped at the village of Rottingdean but it was later extended to Saltdean and fully opened by the mayor, Edward Denne on the 29th July 1935. The full length of the Undercliff Walk is 5.39 kilometres or 3.35 miles.

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