Monday, 9 March 2015

Suspension, Light Beneath and Green Alley

Suspension :- The evening light was just right to catch this slightly surreal beach scene at Ovingdean Gap which is just a few miles East of Brighton on the south coast of England. The tide was on the turn and thinking about making its way back in again but the pools it had previously left behind were still calm and still thanks to the multitude of rocks acting like a natural barrier. I like the subtle grey / blue colouring of this image. It's very calming.

ight Beneath :- I found myself underneath The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier (now unofficially named as the Brighton Pier but affectionately known as the Palace Pier by locals) just at the right time. The sun was beginning to dip in the West and it's rays were beginning to flood in and light the dark recesses below the famous tourist attraction. This is an area that many don't venture in or through but it can be used as a short cut to get from the Eastern promenade to the Western promenade. It's usually dark and smelly but on this occasion is was lovely and sunny ... and smelly.

Green Alley :- This long and narrow alleyway is actually named "Vine Place". It runs between Dyke Road and Powis Villas in the City of Brighton. It's actually the back of the grand looking Clifton Terrace and was originally used by the Clifton windmill workers so they could gain access to their small one-storey cottages. There were two mills that stood in this area. One was a post mill named "Vine's Mill" and both the mill and the lane were named after William Vine who moved to the area in 1818. The second mill was a fan-tailed post mill and it's often been confused with "Vine's Mill". This second mill did not receive an official name until the mid-19th century when it was known as the "Clifton Gardens Mill" even though by then it had been moved to Windmill Street on Albion Hill which was on the other side of Brighton. There is a pub not too far from this lane and it's called "The Windmill". The pub was licensed in 1828 and it's relatively close to where these two mills once stood. Nobody knows which mill the inn was named after!

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