Thursday, 4 December 2014

Cornish Village, Rye Pottery and Ashcombe Windmill

"Cornish Village" :- This is a shot from the outer harbour wall loking back across the harbour itself towards the village of Mevagissey in Cornwall, England. The day had been pleasant but by mid afternoon the temperature had dropped and some rather nasty looking grey clouds had moved into place. I decided to brave the chill and the strong wind that had started to blow and ventured out on the sea wall. The village is very small with a polulation that's under 3,000. Its streets are rediculously narrow and twist and turn which apparently made it very hard for the excisemen to catch smugglers all those years ago. Now the main trade in the village is tourism but it's still very much a fishing port.

"Rye Pottery" :- Up until a few years ago this building was the home to "Cinque Ports Pottery" in the ancient village of Rye in East Sussex, England. Rye itself is shown on medieval maps and has a rich, vibrant and sometimes violent history attached to it. The Mermaid Inn originally dates from 1156 and was used as a meeting place for the notorious "Hawkhurst Gang" who were smugglers who were eventually hanged for murder. The old pottery building in this image has a fascinating history as it was once an Augustinian Friary! You can read about the history of the monastery building here :-

"Ashcombe Windmill" :- This was shot back in July 2013 as I was walking from the town of Lewes to the village of Ovingdean on the edge of Brighton in Sussex. It's a windmill that I have never discovered or known about before so I was amazed to see it up on the downs. After some research I found the following out on the Sussex Mills Group website ( : "*Ashcombe Windmill*, a six sweep post mill, was built in 1828 and destroyed during a gale in 1916. Her external appearance is well recorded in photographs and an archaeological dig has exposed three of the four brick foundations. Although it is some 90 years since the mill collapsed a number of broken shutter cranks and other cast iron parts have been found in the surrounding fields. Other work by the same millwright, Medhurst of Lewes, exists at a number of surviving mills in Sussex. The amount of information available on the mill was considered sufficient to allow accurate drawings of the exterior of the mill and the sweeps to be prepared." She is still being rebuilt and the latest update is "that the first pair of sweeps are up" (as you can see in this image). I really ought to make another trip out there and see how she's coming along but I need to wait for more favourable weather before doing so! The mill is situatued in Kingston near Lewes.

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