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Surrey, East Hampshire & West Sussex

after a day in London, we are in Surrey at the Devil's Punchbowl in Hindhead
after a day in London, we are in Surrey at the Devil's Punchbowl in Hindhead
our hosts and guides are friends Sean and Liz
our hosts and guides are friends Sean and Liz
this is an area with heath and history...
this is an area with heath and history...
...and some classic southern English nature
...and some classic southern English nature
hmmm... and some misplaced Scottish creatures also!
hmmm... and some misplaced Scottish creatures also!
Gibbet Hill provides a wide view over the North Downs, as far as London
Gibbet Hill provides a wide view over the North Downs, as far as London
here's us, blocking that view
here's us, blocking that view
walking back on a different trail thru the Common...
walking back on a different trail thru the Common...
...with views out to the South Downs
...with views out to the South Downs
now we're at Waggoners Wells, a set of manmade ponds in East Hampshire
now we're at Waggoners Wells, a set of manmade ponds in East Hampshire
the 'wells' date from the 15th to 17th c., but the actual use of the waterworks is unclear
the 'wells' date from the 15th to 17th c., but the actual use of the waterworks is unclear
ducks like the ponds, which ripple with their movements and light wind
ducks like the ponds, which ripple with their movements and light wind
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f137596234.a3qmUf2P.jpg the next day we are in West Sussex, at the Fishbourne Roman Palace
the next day we are in West Sussex, at the Fishbourne Roman Palace
it's a vast Roman complex dating from the 1st c. AD, discovered during water trenching in 1960
it's a vast Roman complex dating from the 1st c. AD, discovered during water trenching in 1960
the complex is huge, comparable to the largest in Rome...
the complex is huge, comparable to the largest in Rome...
...with mosaics from Roman designs, made by local artisans over 200 years
...with mosaics from Roman designs, made by local artisans over 200 years
ground level changes resulted from redirected waterways near the ocean
ground level changes resulted from redirected waterways near the ocean
other artifacts have been found here also...
other artifacts have been found here also...
...including interesting traces of the inhabitants...
...including interesting traces of the inhabitants...
...as well as evidence of the fire in AD 270 which destroyed the palace
...as well as evidence of the fire in AD 270 which destroyed the palace
there are also remains onsite of a few people from post-Roman times
there are also remains onsite of a few people from post-Roman times
but it is the mosaics which are most interesting to us
but it is the mosaics which are most interesting to us
here you can see evidence of plows which dug thru the covering soil to scrape the mosaics
here you can see evidence of plows which dug thru the covering soil to scrape the mosaics
outside, the archaeological society has created a garden of plants common to Roman settlements in Britain
outside, the archaeological society has created a garden of plants common to Roman settlements in Britain
grapes, artichokes, plums...
grapes, artichokes, plums...
...and a variety of edible, medicinal, and ornamental plants
...and a variety of edible, medicinal, and ornamental plants
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now we are in Chichester, an ancient town with Roman roots
now we are in Chichester, an ancient town with Roman roots
the cathedral dates from the early 12th c., but...
the cathedral dates from the early 12th c., but...
...it has some amusing modern elements also
...it has some amusing modern elements also
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an image of the cathedral's founder, Bishop de Luffa
an image of the cathedral's founder, Bishop de Luffa
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f137596255.TRyNnlNQ.jpg inside, the space is decorated with both modern and antique elements
inside, the space is decorated with both modern and antique elements
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t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f137596258.cXI6CIVt.jpg a stained glass window by Chagall
a stained glass window by Chagall
the theme of this one is not so cheery
the theme of this one is not so cheery
a view up into the spire
a view up into the spire
and next door, the detached 15th c. bell tower (to reduce effects of subsidence)
and next door, the detached 15th c. bell tower (to reduce effects of subsidence)
here's the market cross, at the joint between two Roman roads
here's the market cross, at the joint between two Roman roads
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a modern use of the space
a modern use of the space
architecture in Chichester is an interesting mix of styles and materials...
architecture in Chichester is an interesting mix of styles and materials...
...including liberal use of local flint...
...including liberal use of local flint...
...in some unusual facades
...in some unusual facades
on our way north, a view of the chalky South Downs (now managed by jackdaws and crows)
on our way north, a view of the chalky South Downs (now managed by jackdaws and crows)
here we make a brief visit to Cowdray in West Sussex...
here we make a brief visit to Cowdray in West Sussex...
the ruin of a nobleman's house dating from the early Tudor days
the ruin of a nobleman's house dating from the early Tudor days
the romantic site has been a favorite of English painters since the 19th c.
the romantic site has been a favorite of English painters since the 19th c.
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f137596600.7HTnbc2E.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f137596603.HvcPeZsb.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f137596607.rRXKpgp8.jpg our last day, at the GF Watts gallery in Compton, Surrey
our last day, at the GF Watts gallery in Compton, Surrey
we can't take pictures there, so afterward we head up the road...
we can't take pictures there, so afterward we head up the road...
...to the cemetery chapel his wife Mary designed
...to the cemetery chapel his wife Mary designed
the exterior and interior tiles were made by Mary Watts and locals she trained
the exterior and interior tiles were made by Mary Watts and locals she trained
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t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f137596632.C871OrLE.jpg the designs include Celtic, Egyptian, and Art Nouveau elements
the designs include Celtic, Egyptian, and Art Nouveau elements
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f137596643.crdrqFM9.jpg inside, the colors are rich and glimmering
inside, the colors are rich and glimmering
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each of these medallions was hand-made by a different townsperson
each of these medallions was hand-made by a different townsperson
outside again, for a walk around the cemetery
outside again, for a walk around the cemetery
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f137596678.hgpHB7N6.jpg even the grave markers show the Watts' material and design influence
even the grave markers show the Watts' material and design influence
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f137596686.NgWeJyqn.jpg a quiet and colorful way to end our visit...
a quiet and colorful way to end our visit...
panorama: Devil's Punchbowl
panorama: Devil's Punchbowl
panorama: a view from Hindhead Common toward London
panorama: a view from Hindhead Common toward London