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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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Hilaire Belloc's death on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel...

London July 16 (A.A.P)

Hilaire Belloc, one of the leading figures in English literature, died today 11 days before his 83rd birthday. He had been critically ill since Sunday when he burnt himself badly by falling in the study of his home near Horsham, Sussex.

After the accident he was taken to a Roman Catholic nursing home at Guildford, Surrey, where he underwent an operation.


Mr. Belloc was born at St.Cloud, a Paris suburb, in1870, son of a French barrister and an Irishwoman.

Educated at Oxford, he began his literary career by publishing a collection of verses and sonnets, followed by two collections of children's rhymes.

In all he produced more than 100 books in 40 years, including travel books,
history, poetry, biography, essays, and some novels.

Among his better known works are "The Path To Rome," the essays of "Hills And The Sea," "Marie Antoinette," the Sussex travels of "The Four Men", a biography
of "Napoleon," the novels "Mr. Clutterbuck's Election" and "The Green Overcoat," and a "History of England."

Mr. Belloc entered Parliament as a Liberal in 1906, but resigned in 1910.

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