Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Roman Wall, No Defense and Bridge & Gatehouse

"Roman Wall" :- The village of Pevensey is famous for its Castle. But befre it was a medieval castle it was a Roman Saxon Shore fort. It was built somewhere around 290 AD and the Romans used it as base for a fleet called the Classis Anderidaensis. For this shot I was standing just beyond the moat outside the castle but still within the original Roman curtain wall of the fort. You can clearly see part of the Roman wall on the left hand side of the image.

"No Defense" :- An image full of various bits of history and decay. The section of beach is bewteen Brighton and Ovingdean on the south coast of England. An old concrete breakwater has all but been destroyed by the never ending power of the sea and just a samll thin section is left standing. Judging by the look of it I'm guessing that it was built around the 1930's (around the time the undercliff walk and sea defenses in that area were built). To the right of the image you'll notice an od darkened shap sticking up out of the water. That's actually the remains of an old victorian wooden mast / pole that used to hold the electric cable that powered Magnus Volk's "Brighton and Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway" known as "Pioneer" (nicknamed the "Daddy Long Legs") which ran through the shallow coastal water between 1896 and 1901.

"Bridge & Gatehouse" :- Michelham Priory is a former Augustine Priory near Upper Dicker in East Sussex, England. The Priory was founded at Michelham in 1229 and then dissolved in the 1537 dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII. Some of the buildings were demolished (as was the Church) between 1599 and 1601. The imposing gatehouse is actually from the 14th Century and somehow survived much of the demolition instigated by Henry VIII. Michelham Priory and Gardens are now looked after by the Sussex Archaeological Society.

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