Thursday, 11 July 2013

Gull and Dragons, Lewes War Memorial and Retro Pier

"Gull and Dragons" :- The Madeira Lift on Brighton seafront (England) was inaugurated on 24th May 1890. Over the last hundred years or so it's stood bracing itself against the elements year in year out and was slowly starting to look forlorn, disheveled and dilapidated. Last year (2012) she was suddenly covered in scaffolding and plastic as a huge project to restore her to her former glory got under way. In February this year (2013) the covers came off revealing a bright, shiny and resplendent bit of Victorian history looking once again as she must have back in 1890. Two of the original dragons (or griffins) which sit on the corners of the roof have been repaired and a further two were cast to match the originals.



"Lewes War Memorial" :- This War Memorial is situated in the middle of Lewes High Street within the historical town of Lewes in Sussex, England. It lists and remembers men from Lewes who died in the First World War. It was designed and sculpted by Vernon March and was unveiled on 6th September 1922. In 1985 it was awarded a Grade II listing as it was deemed to be "of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them". On the shield held by the winged figure it reads :-

 IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF LEWES 
 WHO DIED
FOR THEIR COUNTRY
AND FOR MANKIND
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918 

 On the obelisk it reads :-

 LIKEWISE
REMEMBER
THOSE OF
THIS TOWN
WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES
IN THE WAR
1939 - 1945



"Retro Pier" :- Worthing pier was opened on 12th April 1862 and was originally a simple promenade deck 960 ft (291m) long and 15 ft (4.6m) wide. In 1913 the pier was damaged by a storm and in 1933 a fire destroyed everything apart from the northern pavilion. It was subsequently rebuilt in the Art Deco design style known as "Streamline Moderne" in 1935. The end section that you see with all the windows was being used as a night club up until 2010 when its licence was suspended for violent and drunken behaviour, as well as under-age drinking. It still stands empty despite various appeals being made, the police remain steadfast and state “We are committed to keeping people safe and believe the reopening of this venue, with a late closing time, is not in the public interest". Maybe if the people that frequented the establishment had known how to behave the venue might well be still open to the public now. I do love it's retro "Jetsons" look though.



All Photography © Justin Hill