A sunny afternoon at Spurn Point.

24 11 2012

Spurn Point (or Spurn Head as it is also known) is a narrow sand spit on the tip of the coast of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England that reaches into the North Sea and forms the north bank of the mouth of the Humber estuary. It is over 3 miles (4.8 km) long, almost half the width of the estuary at that point, and as little as 50 yards (46 m) wide in places. The southernmost tip is known as Spurn Head or Spurn Point and is the home to an RNLI lifeboat station and disused lighthouse. It forms part of the civil parish of Easington.

Spurn Head covers 280 acres (113 ha) above high water and 450 acres (181 ha) of foreshore. It has been owned since 1960 by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is a designated National Nature Reserve, Heritage Coast and is part of the Humber Flats, Marshes and Coast Special Protection Area.

In the Middle Ages, Spurn Head was home to the port of Ravenspurn (a.k.a. Ravenspur or Ravensburgh), where Henry Bolingbroke landed in 1399 on his return to dethrone Richard II. It was also where Sir Martin De La See led the local resistance against Edward IV’s landing on 14 March 1471, as he was returning from his six months’ exile in the Netherlands. An earlier village, closer to the point of Spurn Head, was Ravenser Odd. Along with many other villages on the Holderness coast, Ravenspurn and Ravenser Odd were lost to the encroachments of the sea, as Spurn Head, due to erosion and deposition of its sand, migrated westward.

The lifeboat station at Spurn Head was built in 1810. Owing to the remote location, houses for the lifeboat crew and their families were added a few years later. The station until very recently was one of only a very few in the UK which had full-time paid staff (the others all being on the River Thames in London).

In the First World War two coastal artillery 9.2-inch (230 mm) batteries were added at either end of Spurn Head, with 4-inch (100 mm) and 4.7-inch (120 mm) quick firing guns in between. The emplacements can be clearly seen, and the northern ones are particularly interesting as coastal erosion has partly toppled them onto the beach, revealing the size of the concrete foundations very well.

As well as a road, the peninsula also used to have a railway, parts of which can still be seen. Unusual ‘sail bogies’ were used as well as more conventional light railway equipment.


….and finally…The Farm, South Cave East Yorkshire

25 09 2012

So finally, I ended my nearly 4 hour photography stint in the Farm.
This was once an active farm with livestock, were offenders were given the responsibility to assist with the running of it. These days its used for growing plants and storing broken equipment, although some of the machinery and workings are still in place.

Rose Cottage, South Cave East Yorkshire

25 09 2012

Whilst visiting Everthorpe Hall, I took a little wonder around Rose Cottage. Without doing some research on this I think it was originally part of Everthorpe Hall and has been sectioned off and made into its own building. At some point in the last 12 months this building has been pulled apart and asbestos has been removed, leaving this beautiful little cottage extremely bare and open….as you can see by the pictures.
I found some little gems inside this cottage which I’m sure you’ll agree….

Everthorpe Hall, Internal – Part 2

21 09 2012

These are the views from inside Everthopre Hall. The majority of the photos were taken in pitch black conditions with the aid of a torch and the flash on my camera. Strangely enough despite these eerie conditions, I didn’t feel spooked or nervous, not like when taking the Hawthorn Ave pictures in broad daylight!

Everthorpe Hall, South Cave, East Yorkshire – Part 1

21 09 2012

Everthorpe Hall is nestled in a housing estate in South Cave East Yorkshire. It sits to the rear of HMP Everthorpe, a catagory C male prison. This stunning building for many many years and has been enjoyed by a large amount of the local people.
The Manor House, Everthorpe Hall was built in 1870, originally built for Thomas Whitaker, who died in June 1912. In 1914 Mr Benjamin Seed, a fruit merchant of Hull, purchased the manor house. Upon his death in 1928 his son John inherited the property. He sold the estate in 1947 to Gilbert Baitson of Hull. In 1949 Mr Baitson sold the property to the home office and so has since been owed by HMP Everthorpe and used by the prison for training, open days and socially by staff and their families.

I spent almost 4 hours wondering around this amazing building as I was granted access by the Governor. The building ceased being used in 2008 and speaking to some of the staff who used Everthorpe Hall (also known as the ‘Club’), they are saddened by it’s deterioration. Hopefully this once beautiful building is going to receive some much needed TLC and gain some funding to be able to restore back to it formor beauty.
For now though the building stands empty, damaged by water and by young kids who have gained entry with no respect for what is not theirs.

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