Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Parklife, Kemptown Beach and 11 Million Bricks

"Parklife" :- As the temperatures drop and we all do our best to stay warm it's great to be able to look back at images of sunnier times. I shot this image way back in August 2012 as I enjoyed a walk around the famous spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in the county of Kent. The town was founded in 1606 and rose to fame when Richard "Beau" Nash (18 October 1674 – 3 February 1761) appointed himself Master of Ceremonies in the town and took control of the entertainments provided for visitors. Royal Tunbridge Wells then became a fashionable resort which was attended by the most famous names in the country as well as royalty. This is a park known as the Calverley Grounds and it's well known for its ornamental gardens. As well as a cafe the park also has 3 tennis courts, 2 netball courts, 1 basketball court and 3 croquet lawns!

"Kemptown Beach" :- Brighton & Hove have become England's most populous seaside resort with a population of (aprox) 273,400. However, this vast spawling and buzzing coastal city changes its mood depending on where you are within its boundaies. If you are in the center of Brighton then you 'll find yourself battling with tourists, traffic, one way sytems and noise plus all the attractions you'd expect to find at the seaside. But if you venture West or East the feel changes dramatically. To the west you'll discover Hove with it's wide promenade and lawns. There's less of a tourist feel here but it still has its own shopping area and gets relatively busy. If you head East of the Old Steine you'll discover Kemptown. This is even quieter than Hove but still a major part of Brighton. The seafront here is famous for its white Regency and Georgian houses and also for areas like Sussex Square which is supposedly where the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) got his idea for "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". This shot is taken from a section of beach known as "Black Rock" in Kempton. The view is looking West along the line of the beach towards the pier. On the right you can clearly see grand white buildings that line the front.

"11 Million Bricks" :- It's not often that you come across relatively modern architecture that rivals that of the ancient Romans. They were famously leaders in so many fields and their designs, plans and architecture were second to none. This aIt carries the main London-Brighton Railway Line over the River Ouse. I've travelled over it many times as I ventured to and from London by train but up until this point I'd never stood at it's base and seen it like this. It may not be as long as some of the old Roman viaducts but it's certainly just as impressive. It was built in 1841and is 450 m or 1,475 feet long. It stands at an impressive 29 m or 96 feet in height with each of of it's 37 semi-circular arches at an equally impressive 9.1 meters or 30 feet. What's even more incredible is that 11 million bricks were needed for its construction and that they were shipped over from the Netherlands. The whole thing cost £38,500 to build. By today's standard this would be no mean feat to build but remember all this happened in 1841so the ships that brought those bricks over were either sailing ships or steamers. The viaduct is now a Grade II listed building and is still in use with around 110 trains passing over it per day!

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