Just a little compare and contrast, encountered whilst making my way between watering holes, specifically the Rights of Man and Brewers in Lewes and the Beer Dispensary and Evening Star in Brighton.
Round flint towers are a chalkland speciality – lumps of flint don’t make good corners. Adding bricks to the list allows flints to be used in square towers. See the beginnings of a twist in the shingled spire, nothing like as twisted as Chesterfield’s spire, but starting.
I’m sure we have small scale features in Brighton too, but that wasn’t what I spotted on this afternoon.
Tall towers and high tech engineering – but interesting? Or pleasing to the eye? If you are not familiar with the shiny metal stick it is the part-complete i360, which will soon have a plexiglass doughnut around it that will rise up towards the top to give passengers a view from quite a long way up.
On a bus I heard a mother tell her daughter, “Yes, I will take you up in it, but not until its been working for a few months”. Good thinking Ma.
But Lewes doesn’t get it all right – look what they do to elm trees on the street:
That’s just butchery. It is still a tree, but its hardly habitat anymore. No space for other life forms, apart from the odd bark beetle. But if it was outside our house it wouldn’t cast shadows on our house-front sundial. Too high a price to pay though.
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