Tuesday, 1 December 2015

New England, Post Victorian and Filtered Freedom

New England :- This rather grotty looking office block sits in an area that was once an old industrial estate. The entire place has been rejuvenated over the last few years but this block remains and is home to 1,000 workers and 96 businesses. The eight story building is called 'New England House' and it was opened in 1963. It doesn't look much now but it was the worlds first purpose built high rise industrial business centre (yet another world first for Brighton). It's base is now a haven and large canvas for many grafitti artists.

Post Victorian :- A lump of old worn wood sticks up from the rock pools and chalky sea bed at Ovingdean gap near Brighton on the Sussex coast. It's not the only weathered and rotten stump, there are lots of them...and they are all in a long line stretching a few miles from the beach at Kemp Town all the way out to the beach at Rottingdean. They were once tall posts very similar to telegraph poles but instead of being used to communication they were used for power. They help the electric cables that supllied power to "Volk's Electric Sea Railway" which was known locally by its nickname of the "Daddy Long Legs". Posters proudly announced around town of "A 'sea voyage on wheels'" and was described as a mix between an 'open-top tramcar, a pleasure yacht and a seaside pier'. The madcap but unique venture didn't last long though and was only in operation from 1896 to 1901 before being abandoned altogether. There is just one very old 32 second clip of film of her in operation in 1897 which you can see here (and also shows clearly one of these wooden posts in its glory days) :- Volk's Electric Sea Railway

Filtered Freedom :- This image and shot was taken somewhere around the back of Painshill Park in Cobham , Surrey. The park is an 18th-century landscaped garden complete with follies, a grottoe, a waterwheel and vineyard. It's a wonderful place to explore and lose yourself in and wherever you look there's scenery and greenery. The park was abandoned and very run down but since the 80's it's been lovingly restored and is now open to the public. Information about the park can be found on the website :- http://www.painshill.co.uk/

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