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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Saturday 26 September 2020

Hilaire Belloc's 150th birthday celebration...

The event took place in Shipley (near Horsham) where he lived for many years. Luckily the new social restrictions were not in force. The memorial plaque was unveiled by one of Belloc's great grandchildren. 

Monday 14 September 2020

'The Way of Beauty' - Mike Hennessy (Chairman of the Hilaire Belloc Society) and David Clayton discuss Vincent McNabb...

Father Vincent McNabb (1868 – 1943) was a highly distinguished Irish Dominican. He was Prior of the Dominican community in North London. He was also a great friend of Belloc. Belloc said of McNabb that he was one of the greatest men that he had ever known.

Mike talks about McNabb and, amongst other things, his relationship with Belloc.

Eleanor Belloc said of McNabb that he was one of the few people who her father listened to!