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Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Ypres Tower, Rye, East Sussex

This week we had a short break in the beautiful town of Rye in East Sussex, staying one night in the beautiful Mermaid Hotel. The weather when we arrived was not very good, so we decided to visit the Ypres Tower.

The Ypres Tower or Rye Castle as it is sometimes called was probably built in the late 14th Century and looks pretty much the same today as when it was first built. In 1430 the tower was leased to John de Ypres, hence it being known as the Ypres Tower, prior to that time it was known as the 'Baddyngs' Tower.

The entrance to one of the tiny cells,

and one of it inhabitants, still in the Gibbet!

For a lot of its history the building has been used as a prison, with room for 9 - 12 prisoners. The cells can still be seen, they are tiny rooms which could hold a few people, although I am not sure where they slept.

In another cell is a display of herbs which at one time would have been growing in the Medieval Garden.

A wonderful old cell door.

A Pie-dieu in the corner of one of the cells.

Climbing the spiral staircase to the first floor.

Another wonderful old oak door, this one leading outside.

There are some nice displays on the first floor, this is part of the Rye Museum. 

This sculpture caught my eye, I am not sure if it is an animal head.

The Medieval Garden where the herbs were grown. In the corner is the tower housing the Victorian Women's Prison.

The entrance to the women's prison,

and inside one of the cells, which was able to hold two women.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Margate, the Harbour Arm and the Turner Contemporary

The Turner Contemporary as seen from the Harbour Arm. The gallery is built on the site of the guesthouse where Turner stayed when he visited Margate.

Last week my friend Sheila and I had a rare day out together, the weather forecast was not brilliant, so we decided to visit the Turner Contemporary, which neither of us had visited before.

The Shell Lady of Margate, a statue at the end of the Harbour Arm, made of bronze and named after Mrs. Booth who J.M.W Turner lodged with during his visits to Margate.

Part of Margate seafront, as seen from the Harbour Arm.

Sheila very bravely parked on the Harbour Arm, and as the weather was actually quite nice we had a stroll along the Arm, had a cup of coffee, then had a wander through the Old Town before going into the Turner Gallery.

The Turner contemporary -The Exhibits

The first exhibit in the foyer or Sunley Gallery is the magnificent Three Muses by Kashif Nadim Chaudry in conjunction with the gallery's Studio Group. 

The back view of the Serpent, the centrepiece of the Three Muses, the light was not good for getting a very good photo of the front, but below are a couple of photos of the amazing Serpents head.

The Serpent's Head

The head in close up, to show just how amazing it is :D

Above and below are photos of another part of the display, showing the gorgeous fretwork decorations, the scales of the Serpent are also made of these.

And below is part of the third section, this was taken from the gallery upstairs.

An amazing piece of Art!
This is the inside of the lift, a very colourful journey to the first floor. All the walls are painted!

A tapestry, I love the colours on this. 

Tenerife lace, held in place with pieces of quills.

A ceramic lizard covered with crochet work

Bobbins of all sizes

A beautiful piece of textured wood

I was pleased to see these penguins, and was going to send a photo to my daughter, until I noticed the children's shoes instead of feet. These figures do look as if the children are still in the costumes, which I was not keen on.

A forest of hats made with various materials.

And finally a ceramic crab, like the lizard this was covered with crochet work.

There were of course many other exhibits, I hope you enjoy the ones I have shared here. If you are in Margate, both the Harbour Arm and the gallery are well worth a visit, but check first to see what is showing as the exhibitions change regularly.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Sea 2007

The sea was not too rough on Walmer Beach, and the sun was shining :)

I realised recently that some of my blog posts were done before I started here on Blogger. For a few years I did my blogging on Windows Live, which was great fun. When Windows Live closed in 2010 I created this page, and I am still enjoying my blogging  here on Blogger.

I love seeing the sea like this, and hearing the noise of the surf as it moves over the shingle.

The South arm of the lower deck of the Pier, used a lot by fishermen in the summer.

I had to get closer to this!

I started looking through my old photos starting around 2007, which is when these photos were taken, and I have found quite a few that I will re-blog over the next few months.

Standing on the main part of the pier looking down, I am glad I was not down there...

Here comes the next big wave..

...whooshing up through the boards and grilles, I almost got wet at this stage!

We live about 2 minutes walk from the seafront, which is fantastic, and we can walk literally for miles in either direction without crossing a single road, to St. Margaret's Bay and on to Dover to the South, and to Sandwich Bay and beyond to the North.

Looking down on to the main part of the lower deck, you can see the holes where the sea has forced the planking up.

Of course we see the sea in all its moods from the quiet gently lapping waves in the Summer to scenes like these in the Winter. I can well remember the howling Easterly Gales hitting our town when I was a child, and on the day I took these photos I just had to walk along the pier braving the wind.

Spectacular sight as the waves push up through the planks and grilles again.

I remember thoroughly enjoying my very windy walk that day :)

These photos were taken on a simple 'point and shoot' camera so the quality may not be so good.I hope you enjoy the photos :)

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Old Walmer Court

Last year we had the rare opportunity of having a look round the privately owned remains of Walmer Court, a Medieval Manor House, which was open as part of the Heritage Open Weekend.

Our first look at the ruins.

Looking through what could have have been a window.

The ruins of the house can be seen in part from the grounds of the neighbouring Church of St. Mary the Blessed Virgin, but it was a real treat to be able to have a proper look around the ruins.

This room would have been one of the Undercrofts.

The Old St. Mary's church can be seen behind the far wall.

The Court and the Church are believed to date from 1120, both buildings are thought to have been built by the d'Auberville family, with the church being the Chapel for the family, and both buildings were entirely surrounded by a dry moat, of which all that can be seen now is an indentation  in the grass as you approach the Court.

You might have noticed the mill wheel in the wall to the right of this photo, and in the photo below. It is believed that at one stage there was an opening knocked through which gave easy access to the Church next door, possibly for use during a visit to Walmer by the Duke of Wellington. When the opening was filled in, the builders obviously thought putting a mill wheel in the wall was a good idea :)

Looking through to the Undercroft, presumably the square holes in the wall were where the beams for the first floor were once situated.

It is believed that the Court was a square building with turrets at each corner, a two storey hall house with two undercrofts, and further rooms above the first floor hall. Entry to the building was by an exterior staircase on the West side of the building. Both the Court and the Church are built of flint, originally dressed with Caen stone. 

One of the corners of the building, probably where one of the turrets was situated.

The doorway in the photos above and below lead into the second Undercroft.

We really enjoyed our visit to this site, and congratulate the present owners for the work they have done to preserve the site :)