One of my constitutionals along the sea-front ‘rewarded’ me by showing the hanging wall outline of the poor old conflagrated Claremont Hotel – now almost down to its bare footprint.
|Claremont wall - next to adjoining to Burlington Hotel|
- fortunately not burnt
As you can see – the co-joining wall, between the fire at the Claremont and the Burlington Hotel (fortunately not burnt too much) ...
|Slippage caused from the fire and in process of|
demolition of Claremont wall
... is now handily hangily exposed – meaning some form of reparation can be done, after which the Grand Parade can be re-opened to traffic …
What also interested me was the exposure of the lower ground floor …
|Demolition in progress ... but showing the|
lower basement levels in the hotel -
the sea cannot be far away
... because at one stage (even today) the ‘tide could work’ its way into the town … swamping basements – so I was surprised to find these lower levels so near the sea here.
|Summer 2016 - carpet gardens on Grand Parade -|
Queens Hotel at an angle, before the run
of the two hotels: Burlington and Claremont
A photo I took in 2016 ... to show you the partial extended run of buildings along the Grand Parade seafront.
Back to hanging façades – this one jauntily left sadly suspended at the first floor level of the junction wall to the Burlington Hotel … reminded me of one that is exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum …
|Jettied frontage as exhibited|
in the Victoria and Albert Musuem
… the jettied wooden frontage of Sir Paul Pindar's house exhibited at first floor level, as it would have been in Bishopsgate Street Without (just outside the City walls) in the 1600s …
The article below is really interesting … giving insights into London in the 1600s, its development, trade routes, meeting places et al …
|Sir Paul Pindar and his brother, Ralph -|
engravings by Thomas Trotter based on
a work of 1614
The frontage survived the Great Fire of London in 1666, and in the article there are some images from those times, showing its situation … before the house was demolished in the 1890s when the expansion of Liverpool Street station took place.
Fortunately it was realised the façade had architectural value … hence its presentation to the Victoria and Albert Museum.
|Chrysanthemum on seafront|
Funny (strange) how subjects can appear to provide an extra dimension to my posts …
While ‘wandering’ around on my walks – I spotted these two beautiful plants in full April lock-down glory – a bright canary yellow Chrystanthemum indicum … I believe … while I’ve always loved Ceanothus – that blue is just gorgeous …
Two skeletal remains … one very sad, one in perfect health, suspended in perpetuity, at a museum of delight.
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