Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Reclamation, North Tower Roof and Over Union

Reclamation :- This was once all beach and sea. You could walk along the 1930's built undercliff walk to Ovingdean, Rottingdean and Saltdean but the area of Brighton known as "Black Rock" was simply rock pools and tides and nothing more. Then in the 70's a huge project began which saw the construction of Brighton Marina. The rock pools and beaches were wiped away and cleaned off the face of the planet as this massive artificial marina (approximately 127 acres) began to rise up. The sea was pushed back and land was "reclaimed" as sections were filled in. Now the Marina Village is a sprawling complex of gated communities consisting of townhouses and apartments. This shot was taken back in 2013, way before building work commenced on a 40 storey tower that's rising up at the Western end of the Marina. Apparently several other huge towers are also about to thunder up skywards within the Marina. I jhasten to add that the shot looks as though I was dangerously close to the edge of the cliff and risking life and limb. I can assure you that I was nothing of the sort as I was on the safe side of the fence. I'd carefully placed the camera and tripod on the other side of the fence whilst putting my hand through the loop attached to the camera so it could not fall below.

North Tower Roof :- As high as you can go in the North tower of Pevensey Castle. You may well have been able to get higher once upon a time but it's hard to tell now as the brickwork simply stops and the sky takes over. Having said that this tower is roughly the same height as the other remaining towers of this ancient fortress so this was most probably the highest you could get when it was a fully functioning Castle. The Romans called it "Anderitum" and whilst they occupied it it was simply a Saxon Shore Fort (estimation is that it was constructed around 290 AD). Then many centuries later William the Conqueror launched his invasion of England by landing at Pevensey Bay on 28 September 1066 and he (along with his large army) took shelter in the remains of this old Roman fort. Jump ahead a few year once again and somehwere around 1100 the entire place was turned into a castle and remained in use right up until the Elizabethan era (which was 1558 to 1603). A few names from history are known to have been wihin this castle. Obviously William the Conqueror was as we know this is where he took shelter, it's also documented that King James I of Scotland was captured while en route to France in 1405 and was imprisoned here as was Henry IV's second wife Joan of Navarre who was eventually released in 1422 after being held at Pevensey for three years. So I stood at the top of the North Tower of this ancient and historical stronghold in Sussex and as I took the shot I couldn't help wondering about all the others throughout the centuries that had stood in this very spot.

Over Union :- This bridge spans a section of the Grand Union Canal and is located near the Peartree Lodge Waterside Hotel in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Apparently it was built in in 1918 and has a span of just 6.096 meters or 20ft. It's now only used by pedestrians, cyclists and the odd person on horseback but it did once support traffic. It's name is "Green Bridge" but it's also known by the less attractive name of 'Bridge 89'.

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