Saturday, 27 December 2014

Caged Heat, Beckhampton Road and Victorian View

"Caged Heat" :- This is the Grade II listed bandstand on Brighton promenade during an incredible moody sunset. She's affectionately known as "The Birdcage" and is now regarded to be one of the finest examples of a Victorian bandstand still surviving in England today. She was designed by Phillip Lockwood and was completed in 1884. By the late 1970's she'd fallen into a serious state of disrepair and the small walkway / bridge that connects her platform to the promenade was removed. She remained in that state for a very long time up until being fully restored and reopened in 2009. She is now is now available for hire as a venue for weddings and ceremonies.

"Beckhampton Road" :- This is a shot of the dramatic sweeping bend on the Beckhampton Road (A4361) as it passes through the village of Avebury in Wiltshire, England. It walways amazes me that this road was built at all as it passes directly through the middle of the largest, most impressive and complex prehistoric site in Britain. Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles and is the only Neolithic stone circle on the planet with a church and a pub within its boundaries. If you look smack in the center of this image you can clearly see several Neolithic standing stones. They don't look very big from here but the stones vary in height from 3.6 to 4.2 meters with some weighing over 40 tons each! Stonehenge is world famous, tourists by the coach load flood in on a daily basis to look in awe at the ancient monument withut realising that just a few miles (17) North they'd discover Avebury which is actually bigger and older than Stonehenge itself.

"Victorian View" :- I like this shot and image. It's understated but interesting enough to hold one's attention and it's also very calm and tranquil. It was taken in July 2013 from the decks of Eastbourne's Victorian Pier which opened on 13th June 1870. A year on from taking this image and the pier was engulfed in flames as the Amusement arcade at the front of the pier caught fire on July 30, 2014. So what can you see in this image? Well, first of all you have the ornate iron work that runs along the side of the pier that also forms the back rest for the benches that run along its length. The sea is becalmed and flat due to the muggy and warm cnditions of the day which also created a very atmospheric haze to the overall image. To the right you can see the coastline of Eastbourne itself with it's grand, historical hotels lining the front and then in the far distance you have the headland jutting out. It doesn't look much from here but that headland is world famous as that is Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level.

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