Thursday, 5 February 2015

Light Steps, Beach Warnings and Turquoise Ten

"Light Steps" :- I love this image. It's moody and teases you by throwing light in your face and yet allows you to see the shapes of the ancient and historical house. This is the 16th Century "Wings Place" located in Ditchling in Hassocks, East Sussex, England. It's rare as it's a Grade 1 listed building with huge historical connections and yet is still privately owned and lived in and not run or looked after by English Heritage or the National Trust. 'Wings Place' is sometimes referred too as ‘Anne of Cleves House’ because when King Henry VIII divorced his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, he granted her Wings Place as part of the divorce settlement (though she never lived there). Even more incredible is that before it was granted to Anne in 1538 King Henry VIII granted it to his lieutenant, and the architect of the dissolution, Thomas Cromwell. Wings Place has been described as one of the best timber framed Tudor houses in the county.

"Beach Warnings" :- This metal three legged sign stands on top of an old Victorian breakwater situated on Kemptown beach in Brighton. When the tides low it's obvious that it's there, you cannot miss it as it's huge. But when the tide is high it's submerged fully and hidden from sight. The old bent sign states three warnings which are 1: No Access On Outfall Structure 2: No Diving and 3: Structure Submerges At High Tide. Thei breakwater is on the neach near the Volk's Railway East Terminal at Black Rock.

"Turquoise Ten " :- The Beach chalets along Brighton & Hove's coast are made of brick and are located in five places which are Saltdean, Rottingdean, Ovingdean, Madeira Drive and Hove. The ones in this image are in Rottingdean. The chalets are owned by Brighton and Hove Council and are let out by a tenancy agreement. I have no idea when they were built. A few at Ovingdean are definitely from the 1930's as the design is obviously from that decade but brickwork doesn't really give you any clues. Looking at the blocky, bland styling, doors and overhang I'd guess at these being from somewhere around the 1950's or possibly early 60's.

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