Upwaltham and Slindon

We were all so lucky during the first lockdown to have beautiful sun-soaked days and gloriously warm spring weather. It seemed way too much to expect that lockdown 2 could be anything other than dull, dark and wet. Yet yesterday (Thursday 5th November) was a brilliant, crisp and wonderful day. Early mist over the South Downs soon gave way to a perfect autumn afternoon.

I visited the site at Upwaltham where a Lancaster bomber crashed with the loss of all its crew in February 1944. A year later a Dakota transport plane crashed only a couple of miles away, again with the loss of all crew and passengers. Two lovely memorials have been erected by the Upwaltham Parochial Church Council, under the guidance of Sue Kearsey. Details of these tragedies and the memorials will be uploaded to this website shortly.

As the day was ending I visited Slindon, the National Trust owned village, that was once home to Sussex writer and poet, Hilaire Belloc. St. Mary’s parish church contains a wooden effigy of a late medieval knight and is very unusual. When Belloc was a boy of only nine he wrote a poem about this enigmatic warrior of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Do look out for more information soon on this website about the knight and the poem.

Lastly, with the shadows lengthening, and the last rays of sunlight illuminating the old village streets, I photographed a very peculiar and singular building. That photograph is our latest mystery photograph. Can anyone explain what it is, where it came from and why it is there? We would love to hear from you.