The Horrendous Whipping of Gene Hamilton!

‘They whipped him to within an inch of his life,’ is how the story opens in Tales of Olde Sussex by Phillip Mercer. In this fireside yarn, I recount the terrible dead that befell a small scale farmer living near Balcombe in the Ouse Valley, in West Sussex around 1730. It is the story of a Squire whose love of hunting foxes removes him from common humanity and turns him into a barbarian. I hope you enjoy the retelling.


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