What’s so special about West Grinstead’s Parish church?

The Bald Explorer meets up with Richard Verrall, local farmer and bell ringer, to explore the fascinating parish church of West Grinstead in West Sussex. St George’s Church was first built circa 1100 AD and is the Anglican place of worship, and the Church of England parish church. It lies close to the river Adur …

Exploring the Warningcamp Auxiliary Hideout

The Secret Hole

The Auxiliary Units or GHQ Auxiliary Units were specially trained, highly secret units created by the United Kingdom government during the Second World War, with the aim using irregular warfare to help combat any invasion of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany, which the Germans codenamed Operation Sea Lion. I am off with Brian Drury …

Exploring Hellingly Disused Railway Station

Hellingly Station

I am exploring Hellingly’s disused railway station in East Sussex with my friend Chris Bedford, AKA Dumpman. Hellingly was a railway station on the now closed Eridge to Polegate line (the Cuckoo Line) in East Sussex. It served the village of Hellingly. It was built by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. There was …

‘I’ve Played in Every House!’ – Biddenden High Street

Irene in Biddenden

Today I am with Eileen Cansdale from Biddenden in Kent. She grew up in the picturesque village during the second World War, a time when troops were defending the southern coastline from invasion. Eileen was born in the flat above the doctors and has lived in the village all her life, revealing that she has …