Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Edge of Head, Grand Morning and Guild Window

Edge of Head :- This looks and appears to be more death defying than it actually was. The camera and tripod were placed at arms length relativley near to the edge of the cliff top and after the timer was set whilst I stayed as low as possible and well away from the drop. Quite a view isn't it! This is Seaford Head on the South coast of England. With just the odd break, dip and gap in the chalk this impressive and ancient cliff coastline runs from all the way from Brighton through to Eastbourne where it rises up further to form the famous "Beachy Head" which is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain at a height of 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level.Seaford Head is situated (roughly between Brighton and Eastbourne and is part of the South Downs National Park. Seaford Head Nature Reserve is also part of the mighty South Downs Way which runs for (approx)100 miles from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in Sussex. This section of Seaford Head is known as "Hawks Brow".



Grand Morning :- The title refers to where I was rather than the weather but having said that it was a bright and sunny start to the day. The narrow boats you see in this image were moored up against the tow path of the Grand Union Canal as it passes through Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire. The area was quiet and still as it was only 09:30 am so I took advantage of the peacefulness of it all and grabbed a shot!



Guild Window :- Here's a treat. Looks old doesn't it? That's because it is ... it's ancient. This large timber framed leaded window is set in the wall of the Merchant Adventurers' Hall in the City of York in Yorkshire. The building was once one of the most important buildings within the medieval city as it was the guildhall. It was built in 1357 by a religious fraternity called the Guild of Our Lord Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary. A royal charter by King Henry VI renamed the fraternity 'The Mistry of Mercers' in 1430 and then in the 16th Century it was given the status of the Company of Merchant Adventurers of York by Queen Elizabeth I. Quite a history eh! The most mindblowing thing about this building is that it's "the largest timber-framed building in the UK still standing and used for its original purpose" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merchant_Adventurers%27_Hall) . The Hall is open to the public and a museum.



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