Sunday, 30 August 2015

Now You See It, Hermitage and Telescombe Village Church

Now You See It :- It's funny how two completely seperate things can be so beautiful and yet so different from each other. This sunset was shot back in February 2015 on the beach at Brighton. there are certain colour, hues and pastel shades that only appear at certain times of the year and this sky tells you that the year was still in its infants stages. Silhouetted by the cold February sky sits the iron skeletal frame of the West Pier. The pier was built by Eugenius Birch in 1866 and is still one of only two Grade I listed piers left in the UK ( the other being Clevedon Pier in Somerset).

Hermitage :- Tucked up at the back of Painshill Park near Cobham in Surrey you find this little thatched hut. This is the 'Hermitage' that was originally built by the Hon. Charles Hamilton when the park was created between 1738 and 1773. Most of the follies and stuctures within the park have been restored but a couple of them (the Turkish tent and Hermitage) had to be rebuilt completely. When the original Hermitage was completed the Hon. Charles Hamilton advertised for a 'Hermit' to be put on a seven year contract to live in the hut. The Contract contained several stipulations such as the hermit was not to cut his hair for seven years and that he was also not to talk or leave the estate. Surprisingly enough someone not only answered the advert but also got the job and took up residence. The punchline to this story is that just three weeks into the position the hermit was found to be not in the hut at all but in the local pub. Needless to say he was instantly dismissed and the job position was never refilled!

Telscombe Village Church :- The Church of St Laurence resides in a tiny little village called Telscombe that's just a few miles North of the Sussex coast. There's no coast road into the village and only one road tucked around the back off of the Lewes and Newhaven road provides access to and from. It's a real step back in time. The church's origins can be dated back to the 10th Century (the church has 10th Century foundations and a 13th-century font) and the village itself has a population that's under 50 people.

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