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, 18 February 2014

They must have known we were coming...

I'm delighted to announce that The Black Horse pub has been re-opened just in time for the forthcoming Belloc Society event in Amberley. It is a fine, and old, establishment which was (and is once again) the social hub of the village.

The listed building has, interestingly enough, been bought by media mogul Paul Smith who is behind the TV show 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'. The full story can be found here. I wish Mr Smith every success, with the venture, which seems to be motivated by a desire to make a contribution to the rural life of Sussex as much as anything else.

I'm sure that we will also have time to visit the Bridge Inn which features in the The Four Men:

"We came at last past the great chalk pit to the railway, and to the Bridge Inn which lies just on this side of the crossing of the Arun. When we had all four come into Mr. Duke’s parlour at the Bridge Inn, and ordered beer and had begun to dry ourselves at the fire, the Sailor said: ’Come, Grizzlebeard, we promised to tell the stories of our first loves when we came to Arun; and as you are much the oldest of us do you begin’".

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