#Mendips

Mysterious Weston-Super-Mare

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Travel, UK Landmarks and Visitor Sights

Grand Pier Weston-Super-Mare

The Grand Pier weston-Super-Mare
(Photo by Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Occasionally i need to travel to one of the UK’s glorious and traditional sea-side towns and so it was that i passed an afternoon photographing a hotel in Weston-Super-Mare. After a frenetic session I  took a walk about in the sunshine and made a few observations.

The Grand pier burnt down a few years ago and was rebuilt complete with amusements and all the fun of the fair at the end.

On a very positive note …there is ice-cream, and a little further away…a vintage carousel which warms the cockle of the heart.

Weston Super Mare Carousel

Weston Super Mare Carousel
(photo by G Pollard / Films.GB)

 

(Photo by Grant Pollard/FIlms.Gb)

Carousel Horse
(Photo by Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

The beach is notorious for the huge tidal range – i think it’s about the 2nd longest range in the world which means the sea can be very close…. and a few hours later almost a mile away across some very muddy estuarine flats.

There’s sand though and plenty of it – with dunes at the southern end and a pleasant little bay in the north that’s relatively sheltered and a good place to build sandcastles.

(Photo by Grant Pollard/FIlms.Gb)

(Photo by Grant Pollard/FIlms.Gb)

To the north there’s a a very pleasing walk cross the bay in front of the artful lake which retains water even though the tide has gone out.

(Photo by Grant Pollard/FIlms.Gb)

(Photo by Grant Pollard/FIlms.Gb)

All along the promenade though are these wooden posts that look a little like ships timbers embedded upright into the tarmac…

(Photo by Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Wooden monolith
(Photo by Grant Pollard/FIlms.Gb)

Nothing amazing here, except that no-one seems to have the foggiest idea what they are or what they represent.

(Photo by Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Wooden monolith
(Photo by Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Even the local hoteliers who’v been there an age don’t know who put them up or why, which is a shame because presumably at some point in the past it was someone’s ‘big’ idea to do this. The Timbers are variously decorated and often have carefully carved holes in then which sort of beg you to look through…. which you can if you’re seven feet tall.

They are to be found along the northern end of the beach and around the ‘lake’…… I’d love to know what they are and what they represent and it’s a shame to think someone’s work of decorating the town has been forgotten.

One route into the mendip hills

Rock of Ages – Burrington Combe

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Travel, UK Landmarks and Visitor Sights

I pass through the beautiful Mendip Hills in somerset quite frequently but this time stopped to photograph the cleft in a rock face that was the inspiration for the hymn ‘Rock of Ages’.

Burrington

The Rock of Ages is just to the right
Photo by G Pollard/Films.Gb

There’s a cleft or large fissure in the rock face to the right that’s said to have given shelter to the Reverend Augustus Montague Toplady during a severe storm of 1763. He was a preacher in the nearby village of Blagdon and was caught out in the rain on this route, where, presumably with a bit of time on his hands to contemplate the meaning of life he scribbled the initial lyrics down.

 

The fissure – which is very evident in the picture below is now marked with anengraving on the nearby rock face.

Rock of Ages cleft

The cleft in the rock that gave shelter and inspiration for the Hymn Rock of Ages
Photo by G Pollard/Films.Gb

Rock of Ages

Inspiration for the well known hymn
Photo by G Pollard/Films.Gb

 

Whether its’ strictly true or not – it’s still great tale, and reminds me a bit of the one about Robert the Bruce and the Spider…..