Sunday, 29 November 2015

Big City Lights, Synagogue Balcony and Nymans House

Big City Lights :- Dusk on the beach at Ovingdean Gap which is just a few miles to the East of Brighton. The white chalk cliffs glow with an eerie blue hue at this time of the day. The day trippers and ice cream eaters have all vacated the scene, leaving it to return to it's natural peaceful state. Some dark and heavy clouds gently slide into place overhead whilst the view on the horizon quietly simmers down and fades into a twinkling mass of distant lights.

Synagogue Balcony :- The interiori and upper levels of Brighton's famous Middle Street Synagogue. Stepping through its large wooden double doors is like stepping out from the TARDIS as it's a real travel back in time. the interior is untouched and still remains as it was back in the late 1800's. It opened in 1875 and many illustrious names from the 19th century were connected with the building which meant its interior slowly became more and more ornate and sumptuous. It's been said that "Middle Street has the finest 19th century decorative interior of any building in Brighton with the sole exception of the Brighton Pavilion" so it's not surprising to discover that it's yet another of Brighton's listed buildings (it's been Grade II* listed since 1970).

Nymans House :- This very grand and wonderful looking house was already inexistence when it was bought in the late 19th Century by Ludwig Messel. It looked very different then as it was a grand Regency style house before it was transformed in the 1920's into the Medieval Manor House that you see before you here. The grandeur didn't last too long though as a serious fire raged through much of the property in February 1947 and the section you see in this image is all that survived and remained livable in after creating an arrangement of room out of the remains. This was also once the home of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon.

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