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Short visit to UK

In Pictures from England on October 25, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

I have spent a few days in the UK, staying with friends in Eastbourne. Unfortunately most of the weather has been grey, raining and generally not very nice at all. Not worth removing camera from bag since the Tonbridge visit on Saturday. Returning home this evening.

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Visit to Tonbridge 21st October 2017

In Pictures from England on October 22, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Back in the old home town to see the people, drink far too much beer and watch a football match. It was a very windy day with frequent heavy showers courtesy of Storm Brian.

Some pictures at https://1drv.ms/i/s!Am0w7qp9HCpqguwryr-6gcQDnRlUeQ

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Tonbridge Castle

The gatehouse is the substantial remains of the 11th Century castle that protected the important bridge that crosses the River Medway.

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Beachy Head and Birling Gap

In Pictures from England on July 8, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

It was a very pleasant summer day yesterday, so with some spare time I took a walk up around the Beachy Head and Birling Gap, up among the Eastbourne Downs. They are the low chalky hills where the South Downs meet the English Channel. The well known Beachy Head and Seven Sisters cliffs are part of the scenery.

Between the two is an area known as Birling Gap. Some serious erosion is taking place here, with 10 metres of land being lost to the sea in a few weeks back in 2014. Large scale cliff falls are being recorded, one very large one nearby was recently caught on camera in June 2017 – see http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/video-footage-shows-extent-of-massive-seaford-head-cliff-fall-1-8020482

I found of few older pictures of Birling Gap with which you can compare the more recent images.

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The view down to Eastbourne is great, I think even my picture taken on a basic camera shows that!

If you are in the area and don’t have a car, there are buses from Brighton and Eastbourne three times a day on weekdays and Saturdays, in summer the bus runs every hour on Sundays – search for the Brighton and Hove bus company website and route 13X. The Eastbourne sightseeing bus also goes that way, this runs in summer from Eastbourne Pier every 30 minutes.

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Bye bye blackbird

In Pictures from England on July 6, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Well not quite. I cannot tell a blackbird from a crow, but anyway this specimen of a black member of the avian species was sat squawking above me at the cricket this afternoon. Stayed a couple of minutes, obviously didn’t think much of the game and flew off.

Some sense it had, the game petered out into a no-result draw, so I went down the pub.

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A brave little flower – updated

In Pictures from England on July 6, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Shows how amazing nature can be I think.

In the centre of Eastbourne, alongside a hoarding closing off a huge building site, a brave little flower has set up home.

Terminus Road, Eastbourne, where the several bus stops mean it is very busy, very dusty and generally not very clean.

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The red circle shows where it is.

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And yesterday I saw another lonely little flower, the only one of its colour I noticed all day. This was on the Eastbourne Downs near Beachy Head, an area of chalky hills.

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A wet week in Nottingham

In Pictures from England on July 2, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Monday and Tuesday were OK, but prolonged and heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday all but wiped out the cricket. Friday was slightly better, I was able to do some of the tourist things around Nottingham.

I stayed in the small town of Bingham, to the east of Nottingham.

Some pictures of Bingham on a rainy day. Thursday is market day, stalls are set up in Market Square by the ancient Butter Cross. Click the icon to view the pictures.

I was able to take a walk along the Linear Park – a walk that follows the track of a railway that closed in the 1960’s. After a couple of miles it kind of tails off into a jungle of thorns and nettles, requiring a walk across a very muddy field to a farm and thus back to Bingham. By that time it was raining fairly hard again.

Bingham has a railway station in service on the Nottingham to Grantham line. The station is now unstaffed. A short distance away is the old signalbox, with levers still intact. Bingham was once a typical country station, with sidings and facilities for freight. Now it has train about once an hour. All those I took were very busy.

Friday and a trip to Nottingham to see the Castle. The original castle, built in the 11th century and the one imagined in all the films about Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham, was destroyed in 1649 after the English Civil War. Nottingham had declared for the King, the Parliamentarians won the war and made sure the castle could not be used again.

Soon afterwards, the Duke of Newcastle built a mansion on the site, the basic structure seen today. He and his descendants used it rarely and by the early 19th century it was slowly falling into ruin. An anti-government riot in 1831, specifically against the then Duke who was opposed to the plans to reform Parliament, resulted in the mansion being looted and burned down. It lay derelict for around 45 years. It was then purchased by the City Council to house an art museum, a function it performs to this day.

The building sits upon Castle Rock, a 130 foot (40 metres) high outcrop with commanding views over the surrounding area.

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After leaving the well kept grounds, I passed by the Kitty Café, https://kittycafe.co.uk/cafe/nottingham/ a place for cat lovers certainly. Even the girls working there had those stick on cat ears. Several felines were sitting and laying around, doing not much, as cats tend to do.

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Nottingham 27 June 2017

In Pictures from England on June 28, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged:

A cold, windy and slightly wet day. Typical English summer some would say.

Here are some pictures from Nottingham taken during the morning. I still have some captioning to complete etc.

Most of you will know that Nottingham is one of England’s oldest and more historic cities, Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood and all that. Most of Robin Hood’s area was some distance to the north, but the Sheriff’s jurisdiction was large. Robin Hood, myth, legend or truth? Somewhere in between probably. Certainly not the Errol Flynn version! (Younger readers please look that up.)

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Nottingham, I have to say, is like many cities a bit of a mess in places. There are very old buildings, some old buildings and a lot of 1950’s and 1960’s brutalism. All jumbled together. There are vast acres of derelict land where once stood factories and other industries. Nottingham was a centre of the lace manufacturing industry, the final major company closed in 1950. Fortunately for the present day, most of the buildings remain with new uses such as apartments and craft workshops. Other factories close to the city centre made other fabrics and clothing items. The Raleigh bike factory closed in 2003, like the others a victim of cheap imports from the Far East. The John Player cigarette works, which was just outside the city closed in 2015, victim of other pressures.

Some extra words about some of the places in the photos.

The old railway station pictured was Nottingham London Road. It was opened in 1857 by the Great Northern Railway (as was) and lasted in full time passenger service until 1944. After that it served as a parcels depot until around 1989.

Here’s a picture of the station under construction in 1857 –

This map from 1885 shows the extent of the tracks etc, to the right hand side of teh road that runs more or less down the middle –

Spot the ‘Hide, Skin and Fat market’ and adjacent Bone Works. I bet they were nice places to work! The cattle market was close by.

There were also a couple of platforms on a bank above the remains still visible. These served trains connecting from the main line to Nottingham’s third major station, Nottingham Victoria, which closed in 1967. Demolished along with the tracks in 2006, these separate platforms were in service from 1900 to 1967 when their purpose ended. All traffic then reverted to the former Midland Railway station on the other side of London Road.

Adjacent to the passenger station was a vast goods depot, typically the Great Northern built large! This similar edifice once stood in Farringdon, Central London –

The platform awnings in 1975 –

The former Hicking and Pentecost factory is now a restaurant and club on the lower floors and apartments above, at least in part of the building.

The Trent Bridge cricket stadium is not actually in Nottingham. It’s located across the River Trent in West Bridgford. Cricket has been played there since the 1830’s, the first Test Match was played there in 1899. The stadium has evolved over the years, with several new spectator areas recently being built and floodlights installed. Present spectator capacity is 17,500.