Exploring Hellingly Disused Railway 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 also a separate platform for passengers visiting Hellingly Hospital by tram, until 1933, the passenger service via Tramcar being discontinued from 1931. The line, known as the Hellingly Hospital Railway continued in use for transporting coal wagons from Hellingly Station for use at the Hospital until 1959.

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


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 played with friends in every house in the high street.

We walk the main busy thoroughfare and reflect on the many changes over that time.

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How to Steer a Traction Engine!


The Lovely Julia and the Bald Explorer attended the Kingsley Steam Rally to learn how to steer a traction engine. The rally itself was a small friendly event with lots to see, from cars, tractors, stationary engines, motorbikes commercial and military vehicles, trade stands, miniature and full size steam engines.

Friends of the channel, Wendy and Lloyd Wakelin were on hand teach us how to drive these incredible machines from our golden days of industrialisation.

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Biddenden’s Potato Express Explores the Tractorfest Field


The Lovely Julia and the Bald Explorer explore the site of forthcoming Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair which opens on 18th and 19th August They ride on a back of a wagon full of potatoes just so they can appreciate the size of the show.

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How to Make Piccalilli – Regency Style!


Paul Couchman, from The Regency Town House, shows us how to make historic pickles. Using a recipe from the 19th Century Paul takes us through the process of cutting, salting and pickling, He demonstrates the quaint way the chefs from the Regency period produced food.

Cooking has moved on since the 19th century and so have the ingredients. Long peppers are no longer used to spice our foods because chilli peppers are easier to grow and have more heat.

Paul Couchman is a historic food creator, recreating dishes from the Regency Period from the kitchen of the Regency Town House in Brunswick Square, Hove, East Sussex. Check out the website here: Regency Town House

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