Pictures from Sussex Painted by Wilfrid Ball (1906).
Wilfrid Ball was born in 1853 and died in 1917.
“The Rape of Pevensey is of a curious shape. [Sussex is divided into six regions called Rapes] It narrows somewhat towards the middle and bulges out towards the top, or north end. This appears to be the contrary of what one would expect in a Sussex division, the important part of which always lay round the sea cost [to the south], but the cause of the shape thus assumed by the Rape is that in its northern part the iron industry had arisen long [...] government of the area and the collection of taxes from it a subject of ambition for the strongest of the neighbouring lords. [more...]
Front Cover, Sussex
By 1906 most books were being sold already bound, and cover designs were very much part of attracting sales. This book is bound in dark green cloth, with greenish-yellow writing and [...] [more...]
Bodiam Castle in Sussex dates from 1385; follow the Bodiam link for at least one more picture of this picturesque castle. [more...]
Parts of Arundel Castle date as far back as A.D. 1068. Since 1138 the castle has for the most part belonged to the same family and their descendents; it has been the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk for the past 850 years or so, and open in the Summer to visitors for the past 200 years. As with most such [...] [more...]
The village of Singleton in Sussex was mentioned (according to this book) in the Domesday Book, and has (or had) a manor associated with it. In this bucolic painting we see ducks heading toward a pond, a giant tree, and, further back, the steep roofs of half-timbered Tudor buildings; a line of washing alternated between green and yellow, [...] [more...]
Gatehouse, Battle Abbey.
The abbey at Battle commemorates the Battle of Hastings in which William the Conqueror defeated King Harold on 14th October, 1066, to become the King of England. The buildings were used as a school from approx. 1918 until [...]Ivor White has made a Web page about Battle Abbey that, if not perhaps academic, is certainly entertaining. [more...]
An English village near Lewes; the painting shows a half-timbered house with a red tile roof.
Ths priory shown here was by 1906 a private dwelling; there was a priory in the village of Mickleham as far back as 1253; there was a church in the village [...] [more...]
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