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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Monday, 17 September 2012

HILAIRE BELLOC IN SUSSEX: a talk by Chris Hare

The veteran Bellocian Chris Hare will be giving a talk, on Belloc, at the Shoreham 'Wordfest' this coming October. If anyone is interested in attending tickets can be purchased from the following site:


Here are the details of the talk:

HILAIRE BELLOC IN SUSSEX: a talk by Chris Hare

Monday 1 October, 7.30pm

Tickets: £3 from TicketSource or direct from WordFest

Venue: Marlipins Museum, High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Readings from Hilaire Belloc’s writing and an exploration of his links with Sussex, led by local historian Chris Hare. 

Refreshments available.

Hilaire Belloc was born in France in 1870 but grew up in Slindon, West Sussex. As an adult he lived with his family at Kingsland in Shipley. This talk will explore and illuminate this love for Sussex, including Sussex-themed extracts from his books and poems.

Chris Hare was born locally in 1962. Since 1987 Chris has been writing on local history and local interest topics. He is a graduate of the University of Brighton and has an MA from the University of Sussex. He has written nine books and some two hundred articles on historical and Sussex topics.

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