Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Sunlight Through House, Seven and Rottingdean Village

Sunlight Through House :- No glass in these windows. Not since a devastating fire tore through the building in 1947. This is the back of Nymans Manor which was once home to the Messel Family. Mr Johh Wells was the butler for the Messel family and it was down to him on the night of the fire (around 2am) that much of their furniture was saved. The house, along with its huge and very grand gardens is now owned and run by the National Trust and open to the public.

Seven :- This is a shot of the famous Seven Sisters Cliffs at Cuckmere Haven taken from Hope Gap which is on the eastern side of Seaford Head on the south coast of England. I'd been to Cuckmere Haven many times and have walked at the foot of those bright white clifs but I'd never seen them from this location before. I was overjoyed to discover that I'd accidentally timed my trip to coincide with the low tide so I carefully made my way down the step that lead from the cliff to the beach and ventured out across the rocks. It's a truly breathtaking view. In this image you can clearly see the seven sections that give the cliffs their name. The sections have their own individual names too which are (left to right) :- Haven Brow, Short Brow, Rough Brow, Brass Point, Flagstaff Brow, Bailey's Hill and Went Hill. It comes as no surprise to find that the "Seven Sisters" are designated and protected as a 'Heritage Coast'. They are also the finest example of unprotected chalk cliffs in Britain.

Rottingdean Village :- An unconventional image of the historical coastal village of Rottingdean which sits just a few miles east of Brighton on the south coast. It was taken from the cliff top path that leads down into the image and is looking west out over the village and up to the famous windmill that sits on the Beacon Hill Nature Reserve. On the far left you can just see the English Channel brightly glistening away in the late afternoon sun. Rottingdean is first recorded and mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 though it known that the region had Romano-British inhabitants way before that and that they were invaded by Saxons somewhere between 450 and 500 AD. In 1377 the village was once again invade but this time by French pirates who set the local church of St Margaret's on fire with the villagers inside it. The village is more famous for once being the home of the esteemed pre-raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones and his nephew Rudyard Kipling.

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