Special Tour of Arundel Town Hall in West Sussex

Arundel Town Hall

Julia Hartley and I are in Arundel to meet Town Councilor, Mark Philips. We are given a guided tour of the unusual ‘neo-norman’ building and shown some of its fascinating secrets within. Julia with her hawk eye spots something unobserved by anyone else, changing history and opening up a whole new curiosity. There are further …

Sussex County Ploughing Match 2018

Sussex County Ploughing Match 2018

Today I am at the Sussex County Ploughing Match exploring the annual event. My guide is farmer Lee Dallyn who instructs me on the history and nature of the ploughing match. This year the event took place on his farm just south of Byworth, nr Petworth, in West Sussex and featured ploughman operating vintage to …

Bald Explorer Meets John Eaton in Ashurst

John Eaton of Ashurst

Today I am in Ashurst in West Sussex. It’s a small village north of Worthing and close to Steyning. I am at the beautiful church there to meet John Eaton, 91, who has lived in the village all his life. I am curious to learn his memories of village life and how he made national …

The Baronet of Stopham Church in West Sussex

Stopham Church

I am privileged to meet Sir Brain Barttelot, the Baronet of Stopham in today’s video. He takes me around the beautiful Saxon church of Stopham, near Pulborough in West Sussex. The Barttelot family can trace their lineage back to Norman times and before to the original Stopham family. Much of their history us recorded in …

Bald Explorer goes to a Ploughing Match – HEDGELAYING

The Art of Hedgelaying

Hedgelaying is a country skill practiced mainly in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with many regional variations in style and technique. Hedgelaying is the process of bending and partially cutting through the stems of a line of shrubs or small trees near ground level and arching the stems without breaking them, so they can grow …

Bald Explorer goes to a Ploughing Match: VINTAGE PLOUGHING

Vintage Tractors

The West Grinstead and District Ploughing and Agricultural Society, established in 1871, has been holding shows for over 125 years and is very pro active in promoting the interests of the local farming community. Today I meet up with Richard Verrall, farmer and woodland owner, who takes me around the ploughing match and explains the …