Sunday, 1 February 2015

Priory Gatehouse, Late Afternoon in Southease and The Weed

"Priory Gatehouse" :- What an imposing entrance. The pathway leading up to the gatehouse is actually a small bridge that's over England's longest medieval water filled moat (it's over a mile in length). This is the gatehouse to Michelham Priory which was once the Augustine Priory of the Holy Trinity. It was founded in Michelham (Hailsham, East Sussex) in 1229. The gatehouse dates from the 14th-century. Due to King Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries act the Priory was dissolved in 1537 and many of the buildings (including the church) were demolished between 1599 and 1601. Michelham Priory is now a Grade I listed site and is owned and administered by the Sussex Archaeological Society.

"Late Afternoon in Southease" :- It felt quite eerie as I was taking this shot. There was a small table and a couple of chairs set on the grass and a few other bits to the right in the shade but nobody was about. It was deadly quiet. In actual fact it was the end of the village "Spring Plant Fair" so they were just clearing things away after a pleasant sunny afternoon. The village sits between the towns of Lewes and Newhaven in Sussex and is just west of the River Ouse. St Peter's Church has one of only three round towers in Sussex (all the others are square). King Eadred is said to have granted the manor of Southease (including the church) to Hyde Abbey. Various documentation proves that the church dates from 966 AD. Inside the church their are important early 13th century wall paintings. Which were discovered in the 1930's.

"The Weed" :- A long shot from the beach at Cuckmere Haven looking back towards the famous coastguard cottages and the cliffs at Seaford. This section of the beach is thick with dark seaweed. It's oily, slippery and everywhere! This is one of my favourite places in Sussex. The estuary is beautiful and unusual in that it escaped being turned into a port or village (like the fate of most estuaries). Cuckmere Haven is an area of flood plains where the river Cuckmere meets the English Channel. It's just to the East of Seaford and is (approx) 6 miles West of Eastbourne in Sussex. Throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries the beach was used by smugglers.

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