Sunday, 26 April 2015

The Quire, Thirteen and North Tower

The Quire :- I've had this shot on file for some time now (since 2013) and I love the way the lights, shadows and lines pull you in. What I don't like about it is the fact that modern technology reared its ugly head in the form of a laptop and sticks out like a sore thumb to the bottom right of the image. Ah can't have it all. The shot was taken back in October 2013 and it's of the Quire in Chichester's mighty and very grand Cathedral. You can't see them in this shot but The Quire has a set of wooden misericords from the 14th century. A misericord or mercy seat is a small wooden shelf on the underside of a folding seat in a church.

Thirteen :- A chance discovery as I was wandering the beaches of Cuckmere Haven. These weathered chalk bits were neatly balanced on each other and piled up on each wooden post of the old breakwater. All I had to do was stand there and take the shot. In the background the "Seven Sisters" chalk face suddenly springs up from out of nowhere and hurtles off into the East towards Birling Gap and Eastbourne where Beachy Head takes over. This has got to be one of the most picturesque places to visit in Sussex on the south cast of England.

North Tower :- The wall in the background is Roman, the fortress in the foreground is medieval. This is Pevensey Castle which is located in Pevensey which sits between Eastbourne and Hastings in East Sussex. This is where William the Conqueror and his army stayed overnight after landing at Pevensey Bay on 28th September 1066. When they left the following morning they marched on to defeat and kill Harold II at the Battle of Hastings on 14 October 1066. The Bayeux Tapestry depicts WIlliam's army constructing a castle at "Hestengaceastra" and there's speculation that that refers to the temporary Norman castle that was built here within the Roman walls.

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