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Mayfield, East Sussex [Nov. 15th, 2014|06:03 pm]
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2014-11-15 06:10 pm (UTC)
How pretty!

And lovely spire! We have so few spires in this part of the world, spires are quite a novelty...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-11-15 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

The church towers round here are massive (built I suppose with a view to defending against French invaders) so they suit- and can support- a spire.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2014-11-15 09:46 pm (UTC)
I understand that Mayfield's annual festival commemorates the burning of Protestants at the stake during the reign of Bad Queen Mary.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-11-16 09:08 am (UTC)
Apparently so. Mayfield seems to have lost a number of its citizens to the Marian persecutions.

It's a small place now, but it used to have a Bishop's palace and be an important centre of the Wealdan iron industry.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2014-11-16 12:22 pm (UTC)
And it's not too terribly far from Burwash. I think you did a photo essay of Burwash / Bateman's not too terribly long ago.

Edited at 2014-11-16 12:22 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-11-16 12:57 pm (UTC)
And, of course, Kipling talks about the Wealden iron industry in Puck of Pook's Hill and Rewards and Fairies.

I keep meaning to go back to Batemans. Maybe later this winter...
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