Sunday, 20 December 2015

Ice House Exit, Stone Arches and Wall to Wall

Ice House Exit :- Or Entrance depending whether you're coming or going! In this case it was most definitely the exit as I was standing in the darkness and looking out at the vibrant colours of nature. The ice house is in 18th Century landscaped Painshill Park which is near Cobham in Surrey. Nowadays most of us have frideges and freezers which keep our ffod cold and fresh and also readily supply us with ice when we need it. But in the 17 & 1800's there were no white goods and even if there were there'd have been no electricity for us to plug them in and fire them up! So ice houses were built where ice could be kept and preserved for use during warmer weather. These ice houses were either built into hillsides or had deep pits within them. The recently restored ice house at Painshill Park dates from 1830 and is set deep in the hillside that the Gothic Temple stands upon.

Stone Arches :- A Christmas Tree stands in the halflight within the old Church of St Margaret's in the village of Rottingdean on the outskirts of Brighton. The Church is a Grade II* listed building and some sections of it date from the 13th Century. In 1377 French raiders landed and ransacked the villaged. Fearing for their safety the villagers fled and gathered here thinking they were safe in the sanctuary of the Church. They weren't. The french raiders set the Church alight and the villagers within it all perished. In 1856 the Church went through a major restoration and rebuilding project. The three-bay south aisle was added and an ancient window from the old aisle was carefully removed and built it into one of the new walls. The Church is also famous for having several stained glass windows by the Pre-Raphaelite artist and designer Sir Edward Burne-Jones who lived in the village for a time with his wife Georgiana (Lady Burne-Jones). Sir Edward Burne-Jones is buried in the nave and his wife and granddaughter (the novelist Angela Thirkell) are also buried at the Church. After his death in February 2011 the famous rock and blues guitarist Gary Moore was buried here.

Wall to Wall :- The warm glow of sunset catches a section of the three mile long sea wall and undercliff walk that stretches all the way from Brighton to Saltdean. The tide was out which enabled me to explore the beach and get the view point and shot that I wanted. There's a lot going on in this peaceful and tranquil image. Different textures make up the landscape. It's full of angles and leading lines. There's power to it yet it remains calming. In the distant peach haze the coastal City and seaside resort of Brighton can be seen.

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