Friday, 18 September 2015

Regency Tavern, Towards the Light and Counting Out Time

Regency Tavern :- I'm not quite sure how many pubs and inns the City of Brighton now has within it's boundary. A few years back it was said that were (qapprox) 900 or so but that was before Britain suddenly saw many of it's drinking establishments being closed down for various (dubious) reasons and being turned into local stores or private accomodation. The City must have lost a lot and just off the top of my head I can think of quite a few that are no longer serving and some of them had been in business for years! Most of the tourists and day trippers hit the pubs in the center but there are many more dotted around and hidden away that give an insight into how the Brighton of old used to be. The Regency Tavern is tucked away in an alleyway that connects Regency Square with Russell Square. The pub dates back to to the 1700's and apparently part of the building was used as a toll so people could pay "ha’penny" to enter and promenade around Regency Square. There's a long list of landlords on record stretching from 1859 onwards and the pub also has a reputation of being "the oldest gay bar in Brighton". It's said that the ghost of a Cobblers daughter haunts the upper floors and that a former landlady known as "The Grey Lady" can still be seen from time to time keeping an eye on the business. The Regency Tavern is a grade II listed building.

Towards the Light :- I got lucky with this shota and image. I'd been down on the beach with the camera trying my best to pretend that it was actualy warmer than it was (it was very cold) and photographing the incoming storm that was over the sea and coastline. I then looked up and realised that a shot from the top of the cliffs might be a good idea so I crunched my way back over the pebbles, made my way up the steps and took the old, worn path up to the cliff top. It was even colder when I reached the top as the wind was bitter and howling around as best it could. Just as I'd set the camera & tripod up a huge glow of light erupted amidst the storm clouds on the horizon so I quickly took the shot without much thought. It was only when I got back and processed the image that I realised just how powerful a shot it was, especially with the thin wire fence (all there is between me and an 80 feet / 24 metre drop) silhouetted in the foreground. The scene was taken in Saltdean on the South Coast of England.

Counting Out Time :- An image that was shot way back during july 2012. Just to the left of the clump of trees in the middle you can see the square tower of St. Laurence Church in the Downland village of Falmer. The village lies between the historical town of Lewes and the City of Brighton and is in the Lewes District of East Sussex. Apparently after the Norman invasion the area was given to Gundred who was the wife of William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey. It's been said that Gundred was from Flanders and that she was the daughter of William the Conqueror (although some despute this). William de Warenne was a Norman nobleman and one of the few who was documented to have been with William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Falmer is therefore ancient (much like most of Sussex) and is listed in the Domesday Book which was compiled in 1086. Gundred died in 1085 just one year before the book was written. The village also has Royal connections as Edward II visited Falmer in 1324 and Charles I granted the manor to Edward Ditchfield around 1628. This rural setting has been changed drastically over the years. If I were to pan the camera to the left slightly you would see the University of Sussex (built in the 1960's) and the huge American Express Community Stadium (known as 'The Amex') which is home to Brighton & Hove Albion football cPhotography Copyright © Justin HillPhotography Copyright © Justin Hilllub.

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