Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Ethereal Light, Minesweeper and Hope Gap

Ethereal Light :- Natural light floods in through a stained glass window. The Church in question is that of Saint Nicholas of Myra which is more commonly known as St Nicholas' Church in the City of Brighton. The Church is famous for several reasons. Firstly it is the original parish church of Brighton. Secondly it is the oldest surviving building in Brighton. Thirdly the Duke of Wellington (of boot fame), Samuel Johnson (of Dictionary fame) and Dame Flora Robson (of film and theatre fame) all worshipped here art some point or other. Finally it's the resting place of Captain Nicholas Tattersell (who took King Charles II to France in 1651), Phoebe Hessel (who disguised herself as a man to enlist in the British Army and served for 17 years), Martha Gunn (Brighton's most famous 'dipper' who helped non swimmers bathe in the sea) and Sake Dean Mahomet ( who introduced curry houses to Great Britain). St Nicholas' was built sometime around the middle of the 14th Century and is (as I stated before) the oldest surviving building in Brighton because in 1514 the French invaded and burned Brighthelmstone (now known as Brighton) to the ground but the church was just on the outskirts of the village (as it was then) and was also on much higher ground so it escaped the flames and attack. However, Brighton has since greatly expanded and though it's the oldest building in Brighton it's not the oldest building in the Brighton area. That privilege goes to the Church of St Wulfran's in Ovingdean which dates from the 11th Century as is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Minesweeper :- There's an entire area on the River Adur in Shoreham that's dedicated to houseboats of varying size and description. Some are very small and quaint, some are bizarre and peculiar and some are absolutley huge and awesome. One of the biggest (if not the biggest) is an old German minesweeper from the 1960's which is the is M1096 Fische. The grey leviathon is 150 ft or 45.72 metres in length and is home to Fred and Polly Cole​. You can read more about them and their home here :- Old Minesweeper Boat

Hope Gap :- I have known of the Cuckmere Estuary, Cuckmere Haven and Seven Sisters Cliffs for a very long time. But it's only recently that I walked from Seaford up over the cliffs of Seaford Head and discovered a place called "Hope Gap". It's a natural dip in the cliffs that provides access via a flight of concrete steps down to the beach and also presents you with an incredible view of the Seven Sisters as they stretch off towards Birling Gap and Beachy Head to the East. It's also (unsurprisingly) a place frequented by fossil hunters.

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