Monday, 15 December 2014

Bleak, Mercure Hotel and Old Buffer

"Bleak" :- Overcast and dreary. Nothing much to look at apart from some overgrown land that rises up a small mound on top of Beacon Hill on the outskirts of Brighton. But this small mound is actually one of a couple of tumuli that are on this historical and archaological hill. Tumuli are also known as barrows, burial mounds, or kurgans and the ones on Beacon Hill are said to be neolithic which refers to a time which was circa 4000 to circa 2,500 BCE.

"Mercure Hotel" :- I was practically on my hands and knees for this shot. I got as low as I could on the breakwater / groyne that's virtually opposite Bedford Square on Brighton's historic seafront. The surrounding buildings were not lit making the floodlit Hotel stand out. The building is now a is the 4-star Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel but it was previously known as the The Norfolk Hotel. It was designed in 1865 by the wonderfully named Horatio Nelson Goulty (Lord Nelson was his uncle) and was considered to be one of the major hotels of Victorian Brighton, it is now a Grade II listed building.

"Old Buffer" :- These can be found just to the side of the path in Shoreham that runs alongside the River Adur. I wish I knew more about these disused railway buffers. They suggest that at one point this area was a hive of activity but now grass has replaced the tracks and butterflies have replaced the goods and / or passengers. All the way along the riverbank path there are signs of the old railway. Shoreham is (aprox) 11 km or 7 miles West of the City of Brighton.

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