Category Archives: Ramblings

Midhurst in 1915

Ramblings 6.  For several years at work I used to receive regular calls from a well known telephone directory.  “Next year you won’t be listed if you don’t pay to advertise,” I would be told, to which I would reply, … Continue reading

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Glorious Murmurations

Ramblings 5.  We are blessed to live in a rural area, where a countryside walk is never far away.  With winter upon us it is tempting to shut ourselves away from the cold, assuming that nature has no wonders for … Continue reading

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Past Impressions of Midhurst

Ramblings 4.  An interesting approach to history is to look at travel journals from the past. This has been my favourite area of research for a few years, as they allow us to appreciate the past through eyewitness accounts. There … Continue reading

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H. G. Wells, Wimblehurst and an Orange Pip (Ramblings 3)

H. G. Wells must surely be the most famous ex-pupil of a Midhurst school, although he only moved into the area at the age of 14. However, Midhurst proved sufficiently memorable for Wells to use it as the inspiration for … Continue reading

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Edward VII and his turn-ups (Ramblings 2)

One lesser known fact about Edward VII was that he was something of a trend-setter and “invented” the trouser turn-up. For many years it had been common practice to fold up the hems of a pair of trousers when walking … Continue reading

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Shadow Tails (Ramblings 1)

Anyone who has ever watched a squirrel jumping from tree to tree will know what amazing acrobats they are, able to leap ten times their body length. They can turn their ankles 180 degrees to face any direction when they … Continue reading

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