Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Tunnel 433, Divide & Conquer and Willow

Tunnel 433 :- This is the railway bridge / tunnel on Fonthill Road in Hove, Sussex. The bridge serves the Brighton to Shoreham-by-Sea line which opened in May 1840 so it's more than likely that the bridge dates from that period too. The bridge is now classed as a historic building due to its age. Because of the length of the tunnel it's constantly lit which add to the unnerving moodiness of it all. It's also notorious for having the odd high vehicle getting stuck and wedged underneath it.

Divide & Conquer :- I have a feeling that this breakwater / groyne dates from the 30's or 40's. It appears to have been made up of prefab slabs that slotted into the large grooves of the upright sections. The Victorians wouldn't have done it this way as they're breakwaters would have either been made out of wood in the very early stages and then later constructed out of stone blocks and made much bigger. Because of the way this one was built it hasn't stood the test of time as well as the older breakwaters have. Huge sections are missing altogether where the sea has blasted them away with its constant battering. Elsewhere sections are worn down but managing to stand their ground. Further along the beach there's just one section remaining out to sea that's refusing to leave its post. The image was shot at Ovingdean Gap in Brighton, Sussex.

Willow :- I was driving through West Sussex when I suddenly spotted an old bridge from the road so I turned around (when it was safe to do so) and doubled back to take a look at it. It turned out to be a scheduled Ancient Monument called Stopham Bridge which was built in 1423 and spans the river Arun. After spending some time walking across it and photographing it from various angles I headed back to the car. It was as I was wandering back that I spotted this Weeping Willow on the other side hanging over the river Arun. What attraced me to the shot was that the entire image comprises of various shades of green and very little else. The shot was taken just off the Stopham Rd in Pulborough, West Sussex.

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