Thursday, 1 October 2020

Battling On

I promised last week to share a few photos from our recent trip to Battle...best get on with it then eh!

You'll know from earlier posts that I am overly fond of an imaginative roundabout filler. It was tricky to get a photo of the whole thing, but it is in memory of all those human and animal lives lost in 1066 and all subsequent wars. It's the work of sculptor Guy Portelli and was put up in 2015. It definitely makes a striking entry into the town.

Please don't take my word for it, but I am rather hoping that this pole is a stench pipe or stink pipe as they're also known. If it is [it might be a redundant lamp post for all I know] they were made from cast iron and deliberately left hollow to vent all the noxious gases which come up from the sewers below. There are lots of examples in London which are still in use. 

This is the former bullring and the site of the bonfire. We're in true Bonfire Society territory here in East Sussex with Lewes just a few miles further back along the road. If you squint you can see my chaps sitting on the bench enjoying warmth of the sunshine.

This highly original garment is the artwork of a local student which is currently on display in one of the shop windows. So delicate.


Never could resist a bit of yarnbombing and rainbows. Fortunately for me my luck was in on that particular day! 





Just a quick flit. We've done some more gadding about since then and there's more to share about our September shenanigans coming up soon!

Arilx




 

8 comments:

  1. When we traded in Bexhill on Sea last year several people told us that we'd love Battle. Judging by your fab photos I know I would! x

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    1. I have never been to Bexhill, but I think I would enjoy the Art Deco buildings there. Arilx

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  2. Are bon fires a big part of other holiday or celebrations besides Guy Fawkes? The Battle statue is very interesting.

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    1. Not these days....a lot were banned during the Victorian era because people would drink too much and fight etc. Just Guy Fawkes now really. Arilx

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  3. When I first arrived in the uk, I lived (for about 8 - 9 months) near Lewes so it was interesting to see your photos thank you x

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    1. Lewes is charming and the right side of quirky without being twee. Lots of rebellious spirits living there. Arilx

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  4. Yes, that appears to be a particularly decorative sewer vent. Gads, how one admires the Victorians' flare for ornamentation! It's a similar spirit of public spaces seen as canvases for sharing artistic visions large and small that yields yarn bombs and l066 memorials on roundabouts. Lucky you, having something to admire!

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    1. The Victorians could make the most everyday look special. Arilx

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