Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Magnificent View, No Longer Grand and Geologist Beach

Magnificent View :- When we look out of a window a vast majority of of us stare out onto a road or built up area. More and more land is being lost to various building contracts as they use the housing shortage as an excuse to build 'executive' homes on Greenfield sites. It was wonderful to wander around the magnificent Scotney Castle near Lamberhurst in Kent and see that it was still surrounded by open land. The fact that the land remains undeveloped is even more amazing when you consider that the old Scotney Castle was first built here around 1378 just after the 14th Century French Pirates raided the Sussex and Kent coast in 1377. Both Sussex and Kent have somehow managed to retain much of the green and pleasant land that they are made up of. Brighton is surrounded by the 'protected' South Downs and you only have to drive 10 or 15 minutes out of the City before you are surrounded by trees and open fields. This shot was taken on the mid landing of the grand staircase within the 'new' Scotney Castle which was built between 1835 and 1843.

No Longer Grand :- Some old structures from the 1920's and 30's were demolished so that a few modern monstrosities could be constructed in their place. They were built. They were opened. They were closed. They were left to rot. Such is the modern age where style and elegance is made to take a back seat as greed and ignorance tramples over it and makes it to the forefront of everyday living. Brighton is famous for its seafront. It's one of the few places you can go and see just what the Victorians and Edwardians did. They took pride in everything and it shows. Right now we are battling to save much of it that's East of the famous Pier. If you want to see just how they used to do things I suggest you get to Brighton asap before it all collapses or is simply left to rot some more.

Geologist Beach :- The undercliff walk comes to a sudden stop in Saltdean to the East of Brighton. Telscombe Cliffs then take over and thunder off for a while until they meet up with Peacehaven when another undercliff walk suddenly springs up for a while before dying out at Friars' Bay. It's a treacherous area without the safetly of the concrete promenade. I made sure the tide was out for a while before venturing over the rocks and to the foot of the chalk cliffs. The last thing I wanted was to find myself suddenly cut off with the English Channel coming my way. I didn't go too far either as I made sure I was only a few minutes away from the undercliff walk and safety of the beach at Saltdean.

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