Sunday, 15 November 2015

Dome Doors, Evidence of Man and Wire Owl

Dome Doors :- This ornate entrance leads to the South coast's leading multi-arts venue which is The Dome in Brighton. Many pass through it's warm wooded doors without knowing the Grade I listed buildings 200 year history. The building was orginally commissioned by the Prince of Wales (who later became King George IV) so that his horses had a stable block (now The Dome Concert Hall) and a riding house (now the Corn Exchange). It was built from 1803 to 1808 and very nearly bankrupted the Prince (the complex cost £54,783 to build). The domed roof (hence the name of the venue) is 80 feet in diameter and 65 feet in high which made it one of the largest constructions of its type in the world at the time. In 1850 the town bought the complex from Queen Victoria (who disliked the buildings) and they were used for a while as cavalry barracks. In 1864 the interior of 'The Dome' was redesigned by Brighton's Borough Surveyor and architect Philip C Lockwood and reopened in 1867 as a concert and assembly hall. The venue is now famous for various musical reasons. In 1966 Jimi Hendrix appeared here. Pink Floyd performed the 'Dark Side of the Moon' album live for the first time on stage in January 1972. And in 1974 ABBA performed 'Waterloo' live on stage here as the Brighton Dome hosted the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest which was televised throughout Europe and put ABBA on the road to stardom.

Evidence of Man :- A heavy looking sky and rocky beach. but on closer inspection you realise it's not such a rocky beach at all but a mixture of rocks and slabs of concrete. We appear to be hell bent on cluttering up every aspect of nature with our rubbish, discarded plans and ventures. We are all too eager to plough money, time and effort into constructuing these things but are equally all too lazy to clean up after ourselves when things don't go to plan or are no longer needed. So like some modern day Brothers Grimm tale we leave a trail of concrete and mayhem behind us to see where we've been.

Wire Owl :- St John the Baptist's Church is a Church of England parish church in the village of Clayton in Sussex. This tiny little box building was founded in the 11th Century and is Grade I listed for its architectural and historical importance. It's not much to look at from the outside but it hides a secret that's revealed once you enter. On its interior walls you'll discover an array of original paintings that historians have dated to be from the 11th and 12th Centuries. The artwork covers the chancel arch and the east, south and north walls of the nave and are said to have been painted by monks from Lewes Priory.

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