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Biddenden: Interview with Sue Boon, organiser of Tractorfest

Today I am taking a walk with Sue Boon, the organiser of Tractorfest. Sue takes me for a walk around one of her client’s gardens that she looks after and tells me about her garden management. She also explains the origins of the rural summer fair, Tractorfest, that takes place in Biddenden, Kent, each year. […]

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Exploring Betchworth Castle in Surrey

Betchworth Castle is a mostly crumbled ruin of a fortified medieval stone house with some tall, two-storey corners strengthened in the 18th century, in the north of the semi-rural parish of Brockham. It is built on a sandstone spur overlooking the western bank of the Mole in Surrey in England. The ruin is a Scheduled […]

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Exploring Bexhill West Disused Railway Station with Dumpman

Chris Bedford, AKA Dumpman, and I are off again exploring disused railways. Today we explore Bexhill West Station in East Sussex. We’re checking out the architecture and seek out remaining clues of the building’s previous life as a terminus station for the Sussex seaside holiday resort. Bexhill West is a closed station in Bexhill-on-Sea in […]

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Exploring Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral, formally the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester, England, stands in the north of the city near the River Severn. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter (dissolved by Henry VIII). Today I am exploring the abbey […]

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Exploring Arlington Reservoir

Julia, Claire Leach and I are off to Arlington Reservoir to walk the perimeter and enjoy the water spectacle. Arlington Reservoir is a 245.6 acre biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Arlington, East Sussex. The site was notified in 1985 under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is also a Local Nature Reserve. […]

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A Ride on Victoria, the Traction Engine

In this video the Lovely Julia and I ride on Victoria, the Traction Engine. Sitting on the trailer, we’re pulled by a beautiful piece of mechanical history. Victoria is a steam driven-traction engine, originally in service during the Victoria Era to power a threshing machine. Farmers around the Petersfield area in Hampshire in the 1880s […]

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