The Carter Carburetor Corporation may have ceased trading 30 years ago, but the property that bears its name is still standing.
It is fenced off from the world because of contamination said to be so bad that it goes down to the bedrock. The cleanup and demolition will cost millions, but already the once attractive windows and side panels have been removed, leaving the empty shell as a reminder of different times.
Sometimes we need a reminder that Mankind has been around a long time.
High on the cliffs above Hunstanton in Norfolk, England stand these two buildings.
The builders of St Edmund’s chapel in 1272 must have considered that this was the pinnacle of human achievement, as must the workers who proudly erected a lighthouse in 1844.
Yet today both have become tourist attractions, something for the visitor to admire.
But maybe we can sit a while and contemplate the broad sweep of history, and our place in it.
Jedburgh Abbey, a ruined Augustinian abbey which was founded in the 12th century, is situated in the town of Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders 10 miles north of the border with England. The town had strategic significance in various disputes between the British races, and the Abbey flourished and decayed many times in its history.
Although noe long abandoned, it still stands as a testament to mans endeavours, and a reminder of their ultimate end.
From the famous Edinburgh Castle one can look out over the city, modern and ancient. Towers and spires merge into the buildings and the lowland mist obscures the horizon.
A cityscape full of the business of everyday life – and yet from this distance there is also the resonance of the old and the ancient. We can stop and observe the City Below, not quite part of it, but feeling a connection to the deep history of the place and its people.
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