Saturday, November 04, 2017

Battle, a town with heritage

What a name for a village.
Off course it gets it's name from the Battle of Hastings.
But what a great Village.
When we got there they were preparing for the village fireworks for Guy Fawkes.
At one end of the village is the Old Abbey entrance. Now part of the school.
The school use to be the monks quarters when the battle Abbey was standing.
Even the house by the gate was doing it best to survive the times this one is from the 1670's
The gate was a castle in itself.
The Battle Coat of Arms was everywhere.
This tower is part of the main gate.
The Abby was destroyed during Henry reformation.
But the grand architecture still impressed.
The main hall was for the novices, it was very dark in it.
Under it has Large Store Rooms that still exist today.
This tower overlooking the battle ground is part of the school
The stone is home to hundreds of pigeons, most white, for when the abbey was running 
you could only keep white pigeons if you could hear the bells.
Today the white color is still a major trait in the birds.
And the stone work was suffering the pigeons damage over time.
The Battle Ground, was not impressive, just another paddock
It was the Abbey's remain, This is just one of the abbeys wings.
So the actual abbey must have been one of the most impressive buildings of it's time.

Pevensey Castle

Pevensey Castle is a medieval castle and former Roman Saxon Shore fort at Pevensey in the English county of East Sussex
Built around 290 AD and known to the Romans as Anderitum, the fort appears to have been the base for a fleet called the Classis Anderidaensis. The reasons for its construction are unclear; long thought to have been part of a Roman defensive system to guard the British and Gallic coasts against Saxon pirates, it has more recently been suggested that Anderitum and the other Saxon Shore forts were built by a usurper in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to prevent Rome from reimposing its control over Britain.
Anderitum fell into ruin following the end of the Roman occupation but was reoccupied in 1066 by the Normans, for whom it became a key strategic bulwark. A stone keep and fortification was built within the Roman walls and faced several sieges. Although its garrison was twice starved into surrender, it was never successfully stormed. The castle was occupied more or less continuously until the 16th century, apart from a possible break in the early 13th century when it was slighted. It had been abandoned again by the late 16th century and remained a crumbling, partly overgrown ruin until it was acquired by the state in 1925.
Pevensey Castle was reoccupied between 1940 and 1945, during the Second World War, when it was garrisoned by units from the Home Guard, the British and Canadian armies and the United States Army Air Corps. Machine-gun posts were built into the Roman and Norman walls to control the flat land around Pevensey and guard against the threat of a German invasion. They were left in place after the war and can still be seen today. Pevensey is one of many norman castles built around the south of England.
So not your normal Castle Ruin.
This an English Heritage Site
It had towers to climb.
Moots to enjoy
Siege Rocks stacked
But most of all you could see how it had evolved.

Brighton Beach, is it real

Is Brighton beach, a beach, that is the Question. The answer is NO, it's a stone quarry. the place the sea washes up is nothing more then a stone quarry, No shells, no life in it what so ever.
Even the shops were closed on a Saturday morning, 
The sea was rough but the tourist were out.
The old pier was rusting away
The even older one was as well.
Even the Pier look abandoned by the tourist.
The trip was proving to be a disappointment.
So we decided to head to the Royal Pavilion 
Even though the rain was pouring the building look like nothing we had encountered in England yet
WE explored the outside and inside, Sorry NO PHOTOS allowed.
But the outside was great except the gardens were in Autumn mode
The status were all bronze, not stone as your'd expect.

After a couple of hour we decide it was time to hit the road and go somewhere Jennifer wanted, we end up cutting through town to get to the car park.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Salisbury Cathadel

By the time we got to the Cathedral, the sun was out and is was warm again.
Salisbury was the tallest building in the UK until the mid 1960's 
And what a Tower, Started int he 13th Century and finished in the 14th Century
What a building to greet you.
Tall and impressive
The front Door of Course was closed but what a door.
Inside the sun was bright beaming into the windows.
With High Ceiling arches.
Graves for brave knights
Windows with a lot of detail
And of course a reflection pool in the middle.
Yes a pond in the middle of a cathedral.
But it just added to the quiet space.
The windows were very tall with a lot of details.
Like this little child
I got to stand behind the alter and see the whole of the cathedral.
Outside was the Cloister and attached is the chapter House that holds one of the Magna Carta's
This was Jennifers target as she is currently studying. 
But Outside,what a building.

Salisbury Township

Salisbury is a town in the Salisbury Plains next to the Nadder River.
The Cathedral can be seen from miles out.
The town has Tudor houses in the city
Catherdal Arch is what separates the town from the cathedral area.
Even the 1800's homes look of great character.

The river runs through the town.
But the old mill is no longer in use.
There are other Churches within the city but all were closed.
And the market Square is still open for business.
A very Nice City.