Bramber skies

Next to the ruins of Bramber Castle stands the ancient church of St. Nicholas, over 900 years old and still in use today.

The castle-like church roof stands solid in the Sussex countryside. Blue skies, a lone bird, lilac clouds nestling on the hills.

Idyllic.

And yet… walking around to the other side of the church…

Deep shadows, dark stone weathered by the ages,

Secrets brooding.

Mysterious beauty flung against the brightness of the sky.

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47 responses

  1. Looks like an amazing place

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    August 5, 2010 at 20:46

  2. cloudia

    Love your child-like spirit
    and photogs sensibility!

    Aloha from Honolulu 🙂

    Comfort Spiral

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    August 5, 2010 at 20:48

  3. Beautiful. The rooftop of church is just like castle.

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    August 5, 2010 at 20:53

  4. SirPe

    Nice contrast between these two pics 🙂

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    August 5, 2010 at 20:57

  5. Two good pics of the same architecture, just go to show how different light can effect the mood!…. thanks for sharing and your visit!….:)

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    August 5, 2010 at 21:05

  6. Beautiful scenery and lovely pastel clouds. I really like the play of light and shadow.

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    August 5, 2010 at 21:12

  7. The ancient buildings in your world are so fascinating and I love them! And the lovely pastel skies make the perfect backdrop! Superb captures as always, Ladyfi! Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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    August 5, 2010 at 21:20

  8. That first photo is marvelous. I first thought it was a fortress. Looks like it.

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    August 5, 2010 at 21:22

  9. You are such a Romantic – and I’m so glad! Wonderful post – gorgeous southern English skies. Go to Whitby to see scary churches . . . :-/

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    August 5, 2010 at 21:43

  10. uberrhund

    Beautiful! Brought back lovely memories of a trip to the UK, wandering through tumble down church yards and empty Castle grounds. I could just feel the cold stone walls in the second photo under my hand as I explored the grounds. Thank you for sharing!
    Note to Jabblog : yep. Whitby= scary place!!!!

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    August 5, 2010 at 22:12

  11. amazing piece of history!

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    August 5, 2010 at 22:19

  12. your sky has little pinkish/orange-ish hue that is so pretty and unique.

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    August 5, 2010 at 22:33

  13. Whenever I see such ancient buildings I try to imagine all the lives that played themelves out inside them. The marriages, the childhoods, the joys and tragedies. Strange to think that human lives to so quickly and these buildings just live on.

    Wonderful photos as always!

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    August 5, 2010 at 22:47

  14. waystationone

    that looks like a cool place to wark around shadows or otherwise…i like castles…or catle like structures…smiles.

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    August 5, 2010 at 22:56

  15. Ooh. I want to sit on that roof (or in a dungeon which is undoubtedly located below the building) and read an Ann Radcliffe novel 🙂

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    August 5, 2010 at 23:21

  16. Wonderful photos and church!
    Wish you a great weekend:-)

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    August 5, 2010 at 23:44

  17. Fantastic place just beautiful!

    SkyWatchFriday

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    August 6, 2010 at 00:41

  18. I do love the old castles. I wish we has such wonderful places here in Canada!

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    August 6, 2010 at 01:57

  19. AL

    Aha I saw another castle on the side! Nice capture.

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    August 6, 2010 at 02:37

  20. It does look like a place for secrets long-held! And the skies (in both views) are beautiful.

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    August 6, 2010 at 02:51

  21. What a beautiful old stone church, lovely against the sky. 900 years and counting – that’s very impressive.

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    August 6, 2010 at 02:52

  22. So much beauty in your pictures and so much history in your subject. I’m always intrigued about how a structure that old was built.

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    August 6, 2010 at 03:21

  23. Very lovely sky photos. The scenery is superb. Have a nice weekend.

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    August 6, 2010 at 04:26

  24. Terrific captures of the place.

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    August 6, 2010 at 08:02

  25. Vilken utsikt! Vackert.

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    August 6, 2010 at 10:04

  26. You are lucky to see such an old castle. New Zealand is very young and has one castle. I am watching on TV about Sissinghurst Castle. Incredible history.

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    August 6, 2010 at 14:28

  27. Lew

    The old buildings add so much to the skyline!

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    August 6, 2010 at 17:05

  28. What a romantic looking place. I especially like the moody second shot with the church window.

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    August 6, 2010 at 18:52

  29. everything has two sides of stories,
    clever shots.

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    August 6, 2010 at 18:55

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    August 6, 2010 at 18:55

  31. Wonderfully atmospheric shots there – and some of the very rare sunshine we’ve had this summer as well!

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    August 6, 2010 at 18:58

  32. Wonderful shots! I also thought it was a fortress.

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    August 6, 2010 at 20:29

  33. An English sky for a change. 🙂

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    August 6, 2010 at 23:04

  34. Just gorgeous, amazing pictures! On my trips to the Uk, seeing the beautiful old castles was always first of wonderful things to there! Thanks for the memories 🙂
    xo, misha

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    August 7, 2010 at 01:17

  35. These are truly amazing sky scenes. I love seeing them, and also enjoyed your visit very much.

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    August 7, 2010 at 01:29

  36. LadyFi: Two really neat shots for SWF, thanks for sharing.

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    August 7, 2010 at 01:47

  37. Amazing. 900 years and still in use. We think things are ancient at 100 years.

    Great photographs.

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    August 7, 2010 at 02:59

  38. The patterns of the old stone and the soft sky are wonderful, Fi.

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    August 7, 2010 at 04:19

  39. Nine hundred years old! I love hearing that. What a rich history it has. Thanks for sharing.
    jj

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    August 7, 2010 at 06:41

  40. Amy

    Love places like that and wondering how they were and who walked the halls of such places when they were first built…amazing photos Fi!!!

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    August 7, 2010 at 08:57

  41. Sv: Det är vatten med hushållsfärg i 🙂 Kul att du gillar det!

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    August 7, 2010 at 09:47

  42. Very historical place.
    Stunning photos 🙂

    Thanks for dropping by…

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    August 7, 2010 at 10:27

  43. Jen

    Fiona, thanks so much for the kind comments.

    It sounds like you had a spectacular time, I am so loving all of your photos. And envying your textures, hint, hint…LOL.

    Jen

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    August 7, 2010 at 18:16

    • My textures? … Mmm.. she thinks… maybe you mean the textures I can put on with my iPhone…

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      August 7, 2010 at 18:20

  44. 900 years. Amazing.

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    August 7, 2010 at 20:24

  45. That looks like real history.

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    August 9, 2010 at 16:00

  46. One word…amazing all round…thanks for this. 🙂

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    August 10, 2010 at 03:57

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