Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Contour, In the Presence of Angels and Shoreham Harbour

Contour :- Picturesque, stunningly beautiful and absolutely deadly if you're not looking where you're going. This is a shot of the clifftop path that runs between Seaford and Cuckmere Haven on the south coast of England. It forms part of the South Downs Way and is a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon. There are various wooden signs dotted at intervals warning "Cliff Edge" as there are no fences along this route and the drop off the edge is sheer. They do advise that you take care near the cliff edges on this walk, as they are crumbly and liable to collapse and therefore recommend that you keep at least 5 metres away from any cliff edge.

In the Presence of Angels :- This tiny little church in a small Sussex village doesn't look like much from the outside. Yes, it looks old but youcould easily drive past without knowing what secrets lay within. This is St John the Baptist's Church in the West Sussex village of Clayton. The church was founded in the 11th Century but most remakable of all is that its walls still bear many of the 11th & 12th century paintings that are now regarded as being some of the oldest surviving murals in England. They were painted by monks from Lewes Priory and are frescoes which means they would have been painted directly on wet plaster as were Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling. The difference between those very famous frescos and the ones in this small church is that these ones are (approx) 500 years older. Get your head around that one!

Shoreham Harbour II :- A sunny shot of Shoreham Harbour as seen from the Adur Ferry Bridge (opened in 2013). This view looks east down the river and towards Southwick and Portslade. Shoreham is the pargest port between Dover and Portsmouth. The harbour was based in the town centre up to the beginning of the 20th century but it is now mainly to the east of the Shoreham-by-Sea town boundary.

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