Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Before the Wall, Far From the City and Spring has sprung

Before the Wall :- I photographed this a few years ago but decided to take a new shot of it as seen from the bicycle lane and footpath that runs along the cliff top to the east of Brighton. This is the very unique looking Marine Gate Southern Water pumping station that's situated on Marine Drive (A259) at Roedean. Behind this "Pink Floyd" looking wall there's a 17 metre (56feet) diameter shaft that's (approx) 46 metres (151feet) deep, and a second shaft that has a six-metre (20 feet) diameter and is 25 metres (82 feet) deep.

Far From the City :- Water, concrete and chalk. This section of the 1930's built undercliff walk runs from Ovingdean Gap all the way to Black Rock in Kemptown, Brighton. The coastline here has changed a lot. It was once simply sea and cliffs but the Victorians started something in the late 1800's that saw the cliffs being protected from the torment of the sea thus ensuring that Brighton was safe from collapsing into the waves. Madeira Drive (that runs between the pier and Marina) was once sea and beach, it was cleverly 'reclaimed' by building up the beach and pushing the sea back, the cliffs were concreted over to protect them and the terraces were built. Continuing on from the legacy the Victorians left behind in the 30's it was decided to build a vast sea wall at the base of the cliffs to the east of Brighton in order to save that part of the coastline from erosion. The A259 caost road is a vital route and link to the city and if the cliffs collapsed then they'd take much of that road with them. I walk this route many times, I find it very relaxing.

Spring has sprung :- Yes it has! But this image isn't of this spring at all as it was taken way back in 2012! This is a shot of the Horse Chestnut tree that stands in Hog Croft field near Bullstrode Farm in the ancient village of Ovingdean. A medieval manor house once stood in this field and St Wulfran's church (out of shot to the left) is from the 11th Century and is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 along with the village itself. This part of the village has hardly changed but other sections (as it's spread out) have built up and look far more modern.

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