Wednesday, 21 January 2015

From Haven to Gap, Wide Slipway and Technicolored Reflection

"From Haven to Gap" :- This is one of (if not) the most famous stretches of coastline in England. These are not the white cliffs of Dover but they often "stand-in" as them in movies and TV programs. These are the famous "Seven Sisters" cliffs that stretch between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne on the Sussex coast. The shot was taken from the beach at Cuckmere Haven and is looking towards Birling Gap and beyond on to the Belle Tout Lighthouse (on top of the furthermost cliff). If you carry on around the "corner" in the distance you'll come across the mighty Beachy Head which is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level. If you have ever watched the 1991 film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" this is the beach that Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) and Azeem (Morgan Freeman) first land on at the beginning of the film.

"Wide Slipway" :- A view looking East from the top of one of the concrete slip ways that runs down to the beach from the undercliff walk in Brighton. The Undercliff Walk itself is a 4.5 km or 2.79 m long path at the foot of the cliffs from Black Rock to Saltdean. It was constructed over three years between 1930 and 1933. From time to time the walkway is closed off to the public due to chalk and rock falls. Last year in April a man somehow managed to leave the A259 coast road near Roedean and drive his car over that 80ft cliff. Hard to believe but he simply walked away as he got lucky by clearing the undercliff walk itself and hit the sea due to the tide being in.

"Technicolored Reflection" :- This is the grand and ornate East window of Saint Paul's Parish Church in West Street , Brighton. St Paul's was constructed between 1846 and 1848 on the site of an older 1830 Bethel Chapel. The church is famous because all of its stained glass windows in the main body of the church were designed by the renowned Gothic revival architect and designer A.W.N. Pugin. The famed Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones was also associated with the church and also created artwork for it.

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