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Shottermill [Apr. 29th, 2017|11:30 am]
Tony Grist


We stopped for petrol at the tiny petrol station/village shop in the tiny village of Shottermill in West Sussex and the sun came out for the first time that day. The cottage in the background stands on the bank of one of two artificial ponds that provided waterpower for the mill- Shotter's Mill- down in the valley. Wikipedia informs me that George Eliot wrote most of Middlemarch in a rented cottage in the parish. Much of the land round here- including the ponds- belongs to The National Trust.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2017-04-29 01:06 pm (UTC)
Really pretty. I love your rambles!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-29 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks. There are few things I enjoy more than rambling about some place I've never been before- and taking photos.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-04-29 04:08 pm (UTC)
The whole setting is very lovely and novelesque!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-29 04:39 pm (UTC)
I love it when you find somewhere like this and it's beautiful and you've never heard of it.
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From: (Anonymous)
2017-04-29 04:32 pm (UTC)
Middlemarch is one of my favourite novels. I had thought she'd have written it in the Midlands, where I think it was supposed to be set. But of course, that was only an assumption. I love the look of the patched up old church in the previous post.
Jenny x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-29 04:44 pm (UTC)
I don't associate Eliot with West Sussex either.

According to Wikipedia the town of Middlemarch is strictly fictional but Eliot may have had Coventry in mind.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2017-04-29 06:25 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous picture!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-30 09:56 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2017-05-01 01:07 pm (UTC)
What's the memorial? Not an Eleanor cross, given the plaque and the fact that it looks kinda sorta Victorian. WW1?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-05-01 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a war memorial- erected after WW1, with further names added after WW2. Almost every English town and village has one.
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