Sunday, 7 December 2014

Panels and Pipes, Days of Old and Time Is An Illusion

"Panels and Pipes" :- A shot of the old organ pipes in the chancel of St Nicholas Parish Church in the city of Brighton, England. After chatting for over half an hour or so they very kindly allowed me to wander around freely within the church and photograph various sections of it. I loved the stark contrasts in the chancel with the cold stone walls and marble tiled floor with the rich warm tones of the wood panels. St Nicholas Parish Church and it's the only church in central Brighton that's ancient and therefore the oldest surviving building in Brighton. On the wall of the south aisle there is a list of names of previous vicars that dates back to 1091. The font of the church is Norman and believed to have been carved in 1170. The reason that the church is the oldest building in Brighton is very simple. In June 1514 French raiders landed on the coast and launched a devastating attack on the small fishing village of Bristelmestone (now Brighton). They burned the village in its entirety, razing it to the ground. St Nicholas Parish Church stood some distance inland from the village and sits on a hill so it was above the fire and therefore survived. Thanks heavens for lazy French raiders eh!

"Days of Old" :- A moody and fantasy type shot of the medieval castle and stately home in Arundel, West Sussex, England. The castle was actually established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day 1067. Incredibly (taken from the castle website ) "Apart from the occasional reversion to the Crown, Arundel Castle has descended directly from 1138 to the present day, carried by female heiresses from the d'Albinis to the Fitzalans in the 13th century and then from the Fitzalans to the Howards in the 16th century and it has been the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for over 850 years."

"Time Is An Illusion" :- An odd, alien landscape and beach scene. The rocks are completely covered in black seaweed that creates a very surreal and strange vista. This is the beach at Cuckmere Haven (also known as the Cuckmere Estuary) in Sussex on the south coast of England. This is where Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman stood in the opening scenes of "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991). If I'd turned around 180 degrees you would see a gargantuan wall of white chalk as the cliffs thunder off towards the East to form the famous Seven Sisters, a series of chalk cliffs. The cliff peaks and the dips between them are individually named (the peaks are in capitals) :- HAVEN BROW, Short Bottom, SHORT BROW, Limekiln Bottom, ROUGH BROW, Rough Bottom, BRASS POINT, Gap Bottom, FLAGSTAFF POINT (continuing into Flagstaff Brow), Flagstaff Bottom, FLAT HILL, Flathill Bottom, BAILY'S HILL, Michel Dean and WENT HILL BROW.

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