Branksome Chine: English Countryside

Branksome Chine

This watercolour of Branksome Chine was copied by Des from a travel book, one of a series called”Beautiful England“. This ‘was the title of a series of short, illustrated travel/guide books first published in Britain by Blackie & Son around 1910 and continuing in print until the 1950s. Each title featured a particular region, town or city in England and was illustrated by watercolour landscape painter, E. W. Haslehust.’ We presume that Des found a copy in the Changi ‘library’.

‘One of the most picturesque of the many “chines” or openings in the coast. Branksome Chine was formerly the landing-place of the famous smuggler Gulliver, who amassed a fortune.’