Wednesday, October 02, 2013


Fulking and Poynings.

So, I dragged him out for a while.......I mean I persuaded Bill that he would enjoy a trip out!
Today we headed for 2 more unexplored villages....Fulking and Poynings; both nestle under The South Downs escarpment not far north of Brighton.
Our first port of call was the pub at Fulking.

We shared a filled panini, which was delicious.

Fulking has 2 sources of ;water: each is adorned with biblical quotes.

I couldn't get a good angle on the second spring - a large 4x4 had parked about 2 feet from it.
It was John Ruskin who, as a frustrated engineer, devised a plan for pumping water from the stream to the points where the water could be gathered more easily.

Houses in Fulking were the homes of the more affluent in society.

Now, that's an interesting entrance.

Local people may recall that another house had a very similar "gateway" quite close by.
It was on the Devil's Dyke road over The Downs to Brighton.
I think that in that czase, the brick circle has gone now.

Interesting collection in the window.
I have always said that there is nothing under the sun that is not collected.

Back to the pub to collect the car and drive to the next village of Poynings.

Poynings felt busier and more humdrum.
But these days the houses in any village at the foot of The South Downs must command a high price.
 We found no church in Fulking - maybe there was some tiny building tucked away.

The Poynings Church was large, simple and solid.

This evening I have learned about the family who had Downmere built.
It was the home of Sir Emile Littler.
The Littlers (2 brothers and a sister) were influential  theatre impressaios for much of the 20th century.
Emile's brother (Prince) founded The London palladium and established ITV television.

Emile married one of the leading ladies of her day (20s and 30s) - she was Cora.
Cora adopted 2 daughters, Judy and Merrilees.
One of the lanes through the village is named Cora's way.

This opposite the church and is called Cora's Corner.
The seats bear the names of her adopted daughters.

Sheep on the hillside.

There is a small workshop where dar repairs and servicing are undertaken.
No petrol is sold there now.
The old petrol pump is delightful.

After our stroll in Poynings we visited the pub - The Royal Oak.
Today it was the pub with no beer!
They had run out after  a busy weekend.

Not a typical quaint village pub......but very comfortable and very friendly.

View through the window of The Royal Oak,