Sunday, 5 April 2015

Becket's Door, Chalk Light and Mudflats

Becket's Door :- This is an interior shot looking West towards the exit/entrance of the Church of St Thomas a Becket located in the Cliffe area of Lewes in Sussex. Within the church there is a copy of a charter which was granted to the Archbishop in 1409 by Henry IV. The charter gave permission for the parish to hold a weekly market in the market house which is on Lewes High Street. A vast majority of the church is most of the church is 14th century although its tower dates from the 15th Century. What is unclear is the date that it was founded and built in the first place ... most surmise that it was probably from the 12th Century. The earliest written record of the church is from 1320.

Chalk Light :- I have to admit that I am rather pleased with myself over this shot and image. I remember standing on the rocks and shooting into the light whilst being unsure about it working or not but the one major joy of using a digital camera is that you now have the freedom to "give it a go anyway". It had just gone 6 pm and I found myself standing on the beach during low tide at Hope Gap which is between the town of Seaford and the picturesque Cuckmere Haven on the south coast of England. The late afternoon / early evening sun was low in the west and blasting around the edge of the chalk cliff that towered above me.

Mudflats :- The low tide exposes vast mud flats on either side of the River Adur as it passes by Lancing and Shoreham in West Sussex. Rocks, stones and other debris sit neatly on the surface trying to entice you out on the mud istelf but you'd be a fool to try it as it's soft and deep. You could end up getting severely stuck. It's a peaceful place to take a walk. To the south the river bank gently meanders down towards the town of Shoreham itself and the English Channel. To the north it winds through fields and countryside taking you up into the town of Steyning which was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as being one of the top ten places by population (the Domesday Book did not cover what were then the largest cities in England) and also one of the top ten places by tax paid.

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