Sussex Survivors of the Fateful Charge

Last week I was taking a group of WI members on an historic tour of Lewes which includes the graveyard of St John-sub-Castro church near to where I used to live. Although I have walked through the churchyard many times before I spotted a grave that I had not previously seen which mentions the Charge…

African Policeman from Alfriston

William Bodle was born in Alfriston in 1855, the son of Charles, an agricultural labourer and Elizabeth, a schoolmistress.  He left home at when he was fifteen to join the Army; firstly the Sherwood Foresters and later the Inniskilling Dragoons.  At the age of just eighteen Bodle was posted to southern Africa where he saw…

Kissing the Queen’s Hand

In January 1858, Queen Victoria’s oldest daughter, also called Victoria ( although her mother called her Vicky ) married Prince Frederick of Prussia. The Corporation of Seaford was so proud that they wrote a “Loyal Address” to Queen Victoria congratulating her on her daughters marriage. The address was taken in person to Queen Victoria at…

The Hailshamberry

My Father met my mother when he was working at Knight’s Nursery in Hailsham. He drove all over East Sussex delivering fruit vegetables and garden produce.  Knight’s Nursery actually once invented a new fruit called the Hailshamberry! It was first grown in 1911 and was a large, almost ever-green bush with large leaves which protected the fruit…