Saturday 4 November 2023

St Annes Pier and Manu sand art KAP (kite aerial photography) 11th September 2023

 How Do All,

This September whilst attending the St Annes International Kite Festival, I again took the opportunity to do some Kite Aerial Photography (KAP). 
I had wanted to take some aerial photos during the kite festival but was too busy flying other kites, so after the festival was over, and on an empty beach I had the opportunity to take some photos of the derelict end of the St Annes pier which was the landing jetty, and some sand art work made by Manu during the kite festival.
The wind was very light and and the sky overcast, it was a task to keep my 3 meter delta kite in the air with the camera. so I only got a few pictures. Here are the better ones.

Sand art by Manu, with the derelict end of the pier, behind, and in the back ground the rest of the still used pier and St Annes town.

A self portrait in front of the derelict pier.

Sand art mandala by Manu, with me in the middle as a size reference.

The landing jetty is all that is left from the end of the old pier.

Some information on St Annes Pier.
St Anne's Pier
St Anne's Pier
View of St Anne's Pier
TypeVictorian Pleasure Pier
LocaleSt Anne's-on-the-SeaLancashire
Total length600 feet (180 m)
Width34 feet (10 m)
DesignerAlfred Dowson (1880–1885)
Garlick and Sykes (1901–1904)
Opening date15 June 1885
Coordinates53.7496°N 3.0351°W
St Anne's Pier is located in Lytham St Annes
St Anne's Pier
St Anne's Pier
Location in Lytham St Annes

St Anne's Pier is a Victorian era pleasure pier in the English seaside resort of St Anne's-on-the-SeaLancashire. It lies on the estuary of the River Ribble. The pier, designed by Alfred Dowson,[1] was completed in 1885 and was one of the earliest public buildings in St Anne's, a 19th-century planned town. The pier was originally intended to be a sedate promenading venue for the resort's visitors, but attractions were later added. Changes made to the estuary channels to improve access to Preston Dock left the pier on dry land and ended its steamer services to Blackpool and Liverpool.

A Tudor-style entrance was built in 1899. Early 20th-century additions included a Moorish-style pavilion in 1904 and the Floral Hall in 1910. The Moorish Pavilion was destroyed by fire in 1974, shortly after the town's centenary; the Floral Hall burned down in 1982. Originally 914 feet (279 m) long, the pier was reduced to 600 feet (180 m) by the demolition of the seaward end. English Heritage has designated the pier a Grade II listed building.

Friday 3 November 2023

Lytham Windmill KAP (kite aerial photography) 5th September 2022

How Do All,
Last September whilst attending the St Annes International Kite Festival, I took the opportunity to do some Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) at the Lytham Windmill here are some of my better shots.

A panorama of five images stitched together, taken at low altitude, looking east north east.
Note the kite line at the right of the image.

Lytham Windmill from directly above from my KAP rig.

My handmade 6 foot Rokkaku kite with my BB logo applique and fuzzy tail, used for lifting my KAP rig.

My KAP rig, with 360 degree autorotation servo and an FPV (first person view) camera attached on the left to give me an idea of what the camera is pointing at whilst taking photos.
My Kap rig is based on a design by Wolfgang Bieck

A panorama of five images stitched together, taken at low altitude, looking west south west.
Note the kite line at the left of the image.

Lytham Windmill.

Lytham Windmill from the ground.

Here is some info on the Windmill.
Lytham Windmill

Lytham Windmill is situated on Lytham Green in the coastal town of Lytham St AnnesLancashireEngland. It is of the type known as a tower mill and was designed for grinding wheat and oats to make flour or bran. Since commercial milling on the site ceased in 1921 the mill has belonged to the town and is operated by Fylde Borough Council, who open it to the public during the summer. The mill also contains a museum run by the Lytham Heritage Trust which explains the history and practice of flour milling.[1][2]

The mill was built on Lytham marshes around 1805 on land leased by the local landowner and squire to miller Richard Cookson. Some of the mill's machinery, including a 150-year-old mainshaft of Baltic oak, was salvaged from other local mills. The plinth which now surrounds the mill was added later for safety reasons. The original smoky drying kiln, once adjacent to the mill, was moved to Kiln Street after pressure from well-to-do local residents in the growing town. The surrounding land was later levelled and grassed to form a ribbon green between the houses and the sea, in the middle of which stands the mill.

In 1919 a high wind overcame the mill's braking mechanism and the sails spun out of control, causing the mill to be burnt out. Two years later the squire, John T. Clifton, donated the gutted building to the town. The shell was restored, given a new cap, a set of mock sails and used variously as a cafe, as headquarters of Lytham Cruising Club, Motorboat Club and Sea Cadets and even as an Electricity Board sub-station.

In 1951 the mill was designated a grade II listed building.[3] In 1989 it was totally restored by Fylde Borough Council and opened to the public.