Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Defensive, Gates of Delirium and Shored Up

Defensive :- No, I hadn't fallen. I wasn't drunk either. In fact the camera was dead straight according to the spirit level on the tripod. This deep trench and area was once filled with water and was the moat that surrounded Bramber Castle which was founded by William de Braose circa 1075. If you had the energy to scramble up the steep bank on the right of this image you would discover at the top what is left of the castle itself. Of course nowadays the moat is dry and empty but it forms a great path with which to walk around the castle's perimeter. There's the odd view point where you can look up and see a section of the castle walls still towering over you from way above. It must have been a terrifying and awesome sight in its day. The ruins of Bramber Castle are located in the village of Bramber in West Sussex.

Gates of Delirium :- This dilapidated area was once full of the sounds of laughter and summer. From 1936 onwards it was the of an Art Deco Lido known as the Black Rock swimming pool. It was extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. It was eventually closed in 1978 and then much to everyone's dismay demolished completely in 1979. All that Art Deco styling with flowing curves and lines was simply bulldozed and flattened into obscurity and the annals of history. Ever since then the area has been an undeveloped area and wasteland full of graffiti and rubble. From time to time it's used for exhibitions or displays of some sort or another but pretty much it stands empty. This is the downtrodden and hidden side of Brighton that you'll not find in the tourist guides or hotel brochures. There have been rumopurs recently that the area is about to be a £540 million development that will eventually become a new 10,000-capacity conference centre, exhibition and live performance venue but whether that happens or not is anyone's guess at the moment.

Shored Up :- The quaint and picturesque coastguard cottages at Cuckmere Haven near Seaford on the South Coast of England have been photographed thousands of times by so many people. There's a certain spot as you wander down the hill where you get a view of them with the famous Seven Sisters cliffs in the background. If you've seen the film "Atonement" then you'll have seen the cottages. It's a truly exhilerating and stunning scene but if you hit the beach below and shoot the other way it tells a completely different story. The little dwellings are perched dangerous close to the cliff edge and are not that very high above sea level. Certain bits of the beach surrounding them have been strengthened to help protect them from the constant battering of the sea during high tide. The cottages are still lived in and over the last few years we have seen some terrifying storms along the South coast, it must have been an absolute nightmare and ordeal staying in them during that period.

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