Hilaire Belloc bought King's Land (in Shipley, Sussex), 5 acres and a working windmill for £1000 in 1907 and it was his home for the rest of his life. Belloc loved Sussex as few other writers have loved her: he lived there for most of his 83 years, he tramped the length and breadth of the county, slept under her hedgerows, drank in her inns, sailed her coast and her rivers and wrote several incomparable books about her. "He does not die that can bequeath Some influence to the land he knows, Or dares, persistent, interwreath Love permanent with the wild hedgerows; He does not die, but still remains Substantiate with his darling plains."

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Hilaire Belloc walk in Sussex. Folk music in the evening...

This is advance notice of a Hilaire Belloc walk which will be taking place around 'Kingsland' (his old home in Shipley) on Saturday the 18th of August. We will be assembling outside the old church in Shipley (which has an interesting history as a former Knights Templar foundation) at 11.00 AM. The walk should last for five hours (including a picnic and pub interlude). Later in the evening, from 7.00 PM, Chris Hare will be treating us to an evening of folk song and music.

This promises to be a wonderful day out. The countryside, in this part of Sussex, is lovely and the walk, depicted on the map, will be extended to encapsulate Belloc's parish church and his grave at Our Lady of Consolation. Another feature of the walk will be the Knepp Estate and its interesting selection of rare animal breeds.

If you would like to attend please e-mail the organisers at:  thehilairebellocblog@gmail.com
There may be some last minute alterations to the walk and so it would be better to sign up in order to keep oneself informed.

We look forward to seeing you.


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