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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Wednesday 11 November 2020

Hilaire Belloc, The Man Who Saw the Future by Chris Hare. Talk at the Shoreham Wordfest...


Local historian, Chris Hare, talks about the life and times of Hilaire Belloc, author, poet, politician and thinker. Belloc was a noted figure of his time, both for literature and his influence on political thinking. A long-time resident of Sussex, he had a deep love for the county, its people and countryside. Chris led a Community Heritage project, researching the man and his impact, which culminated in a plaque commemorating his life being installed in the village of Shipley, his long term residence. The talk took place on Sunday 25 October as part of our Local and Live festival, and features a couple of Sussex folk songs from Chris. The festival and the filmed recordings are funded by the Arts Council’s National Lottery Project Fund.

For more about the Belloc project see https://belloc-broadwood.org.uk/