Thursday, 26 March 2015

Marina Mouth, Hope Gap Steps and Theobald House

Marina Mouth :- A different view of Brighton's famous and very large Marina. This 70's built (constructed between 1971 and 1979) man made harbour is 127 acres in size and provides 1,600 berths as well as having a place for the boats to fuel and a fully functioning boatyard. There's also a supermarket, gym, casino, cinema as well as a selection of shops, cafes and bars. The marina has its own village too which consists of several gated communities. Ths was shot from the far end of the giant eastern protective arm that curves around towards the west. The western arm is built to the same height and has a much gentler curve to it, it sticks out slightly further though it's far smaller in actual length. These two arms take the full force of the waves during storms and protect all within the marina from the elements whilst forming the mouth of the marina itself.

Hope Gap Steps :- This is where I found myself last week as I ventured out from Brighton and headed of to seaford. I parked the car and then walked up over the cliffs that form Seaford Head and then down towards the picturesque and very famous Cuckmere Haven and the Seven Sisters cliffs. I'd never done this walk before so was surprised to come across an area known as "Hope Gap" and discover a set of stone steps leading down to the beach. The tide was out so I decided to descend the steps and explore a little. The steps are set in three flights and are severley worn due to the relentless hammering of the tides, waves and weather. They were built sometime around 1979 after a previous set of older steps were demolished. After taking a few shots from this vantage point I decided to walk along the rocky beach to Cuckmere Haven (whilst keeping an eye on the tide) before turning around and walking all the way back over the cliffs to the promenade in Seaford.

Theobald House :- Move along...nothing to see here. Not the most glamorous building in Brighton by far. The City is well known for its Georgian, Rgency and Victorian architecture. Its seafront with the filigree iron work and dolphin emblazoned railings are unmistakingly that of the famous seaside resort. But there's another side to Brighton that's seldom shown or talked about. It's the side of the city that started to rise up in the 60's and 70's. The ugly "new" buildings started to tower above all else and yelled across the rooftops so that nobody could ignore their ugliness. Construction started on theobald House in 1965 and it was completed one year later in 1966 so it's the same age as me. This residential block was ultra modern at the time and the 22 floors are home to 110 flats. It rises up to height of 63 metres / 206 feet and must offer tremendous views of Brighton to those living on the uppermost levels. It was built above a 310-space car-park and is the tallest council block in Brighton and therefore sticks out like sore thumb. The block was named after Stanley Theobald, the man that got it built. He was (at the time) one of the most powerful men in Brighton and was also responsible in the in building of the Brighton Centre, the original American Express European headquarters and also for the restoration of the Royal Pavilion.

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