Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Hog Croft Field, Gatehouse Remains and Young Gull

Hog Croft Field :- Nothing special to look at. Just a reasonably large field that sometimes has horses in it and from time to time some cows. But this field has held a secret for centuries. The land undulates as it risies up towards the line of trees at the top. I thought the lumps and bumps were nothing more than ... well, lumps and bumps but they're not. The field is in Ovingdean, a village on the outskirts of Brighton that's mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Nexrt to the field there's St Wulran's Church which is also mentioned in the Domesday Book so we know it dates from the 11th Century. Over the last few years the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society have been exploring the field and looking beneath the grass at these undulations and have discovered (much to my surprise) a 13th century manorial complex with many postholes, stake holes and ditches. Pottery dating back to the mid to late Saxon period has also been found along with arrow heads, beads, loom weights and large numbers of pottery and bone.

Gatehouse Remains :- The village of Bramber is a former manor and located in the Horsham District of West Sussex which is just a few miles West of the Ciry of Brighton. It's a quiet and quaint little village with a rich and deep ancient history. High up on a nearby hill and overlooking the village you will find the ruins of Bramber Castle. The Castle (founded by William de Braose c. 1075) was the head of a large feudal barony which was held from the 11th to 14th centuries by the Braose family. The Castle is Norman but very little is now left standing, just a few bits of wall remain along with a large central hill that was once the Motte. The entire area is surrounded by a deep, empty trench which was the moat. The most impressive part of the remains is this tall section of part of what was once the keep-gatehouse.

Young Gull :- If you come to Brighton you'll find it's hard to avoid the gulls. They are pretty much everywhere you look, it's what you get if you live by the seaside. They often surprise people who are not used to them as they are far much bigger than you think. They are brave too and won't think twice about swooping down to take food out of your hand if you're not looking or caught off guard. I took this shot way back in february 2012 as I was wandering along the pier, the young gull was giving its legs and wings a rest whilst taking in the view.

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