Monday 12 September 2011

Overlooking the Ocean: The Beeston Bump

An early-morning visit to Beeston Hill, Beeston Regis, just outside of Sheringham. More commonly known as the Beeston Bump, it certainly doesn't look much from these pictures, yet this cliff-top hill is possibly my favourite place in Norfolk, offering beautiful views down the length of the coast. Peering down onto the mish-mash of rooftops of Sheringham gives the little coastal town a model railway feel.

Atop the Bump are the concrete remains of a Second World War Y-Station. These stations collected material and information to be passed along to the code-crackers of Bletchley Park. Beside these remains stands a small triangulation pillar (orw trig point) - erected by Ordnance Survey in the mid-1930s, thousands of these were erected during the Retriangulation of Great Britain. The project more accurately measured and mapped the land, forming the basis of the British national grid reference system.

Massive projects that can shape the course not only of a region but of a nation. Little sense of it today, especially at a quiet 6am with the sun rising over the sea and the gulls cawing across the cliffs. Like I said, it's probably my favourite place, up there.

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Score Draw: The Alleyways of Lowestoft

Wandering around some of the ancient Lowestoft alleyways known locally as 'Scores.'
Many featured long-gone inns and public houses, some of which entertained figures as historically important as King George II and Oliver Cromwell.

An information plaque describes how one (Maltster's Score) had 'an evil reputation for robberies.' Indeed, many run behind some of the town's shabbier streets, littered with empty cider bottles and condom packets, so it may not be the wisest idea to go walking around here at night these days, either. The sculptures to be seen in the Scores are known as the Maritime Art Trail, and are courtesy of an artist called Paul Amey.