Thursday, 12 November 2015

Rocks & Point, Pump Room Steps and Mill & I

Rocks & Point :- I love the rugged look of the rocks and the churning sea water in this image. It's surprising how much coloour in there considering it's not a very colourful scene at first glance. The foreground roock are on the edge of Looe Harbour which is on the South coast of Cornwall. The point in the distance (with a house on it) is Looe Island which is also known as St George's Island or St Michael's Island.

Pump Room Steps :- Brighton's seafront used to have wooded railings and fencing all the way along it's promenade. But Brighton was slowly transformed from the mid 1800's onwards due to the arrival of one man. Philip Causton Lockwood was the Borough Surveyor of Brighton and he literally transfromed the town's look and created the iconic seafront that we know and love today. He was responsible for the design of Brighton Museum (1871), the seafront iron railings and lamp posts (1880), the beautifully ornate Bandstand (1884) and the iconic Madeira Drive Terrace with its filigree iron arches, lift and shelter hall (1890-1897). We tajke the iron work for granted now and don't question how Brighton looked before. If you ask many Brightonians and residents who it was that created much of the seafront street furniture you'll mosty probably be met with a shrug or a "who cares!". But I care and I'm pleased I found the name and the man behind it all. We owe Philip C Lockwood so very much.

Mill & I :- The last seven or so days has been intriguing, wonderful and a joy to behold. Sussex has many windmills dotted within its boundaries and a vast percentage no longer turn. This month and within a week of each other two of the county's mills have once again had their sails spinning after 100 or so years! The first mill to turn was a restored grade II* listed four sweep post mill known as the Windmill Hill Mill (1814) in Herstmonceux. Just a few days afterwards a fully reconstructed six sweep post mill by the name of Ashcombe Mill (1828) was set in motion in the village of Kingston (between Brighton and Lewes). I am now hoping with all my heart that Beacon Mill (1802), the windmill near where I live will have the same love and attention poured on her and that sometime in the future she too will be set in motion once again. This is an image looking North east towards Beacon Mill with the cliffs, sea and setting sun behind me (hence my shadow on the wild grass).

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