Friday, 10 April 2015

Railway Land Project, City Storm and Chaula's

Railway Land Project :- It was only (approx) a couple of years ago that I stumbled upon this wooded area in the historical town of Lewes in Sussex. The town is famous for its castle, ancient streets, history and royal connections not to mention the yearly firework mayhem it unleashes every 5th November. But that's the point ... in all the years I'd been visting Lewes (it's only about a 20 minute drive from where I live) I'd never really explored beyond all the things it's well known for. This large and very picturesque wooded area lies to the south east of the town and is accessed via Railway Lane which is to the West of the beautiful 1700's built Cliffe Bridge. This area was once a vast rail yard but it's now been transformed into a 20 acre nature reserve known as the "Railway Land Project".

City Storm :- One of those wondeful chance moments that i could not have planned. I'd actually gone down to the beach to photogra[h the sunset but was rather dismayed to find and incomming storm instead. Reather than simply turning around and heading back home I decided to stay and brave the chill in the air and grab a few shots of the heavy weather that was heading our way. I was amazed to suddenly see the cloud base drop at an alarming rate over the city of Brighton and managed to capture the moment before the city was devoured altogether. You could feel the change in atmospherics and a heavy dampness seemed to permeate through everything in the area. The shot was taken from the beach at Ovingdean Gap which is (roughly) three miles to the East of the city.

Chaula's :- A different and unusual shot of part of Brighton. It was shot back in May 2012 from around the back of Brighton Town Hall (located in Bartholomew Square) and is looking East towards Chaula's Indian Restaurant in Little East Street. The next road down is East Street (formerly known as Great East Street) and that area was once the Eastern boundary of the original town before it started to spread further East. The area between Middle Street and East Street was where fishermen used to grow hemp so they could make their ropes and nets with it. Because of that the area became known as the "Hempshares".

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