Three gold headed children bent in prayer, sun through the west window on the copper ear of barley, marking Cobden’s seat, which we keep free.
Loaves on the altar, a sermon of worlds in a hazel nut; and the new vicar said she would not bless the bread, as it was inanimate.
Well up ‘till now, we have blessed a loaf each year which was kneaded with love, to remember the harvests when there was no bread, and flour was made
from potatoes and sawdust, as Cobden said. But it seemed less than nought as the bread had been bought from a supermarket.
Deuteronomy and the bread of life, and there still remains a westerly light on the altar and the corn and the starched altar cloth,
placed with apples from the village orchards; Braddick’s Nonpareil, Knobby Russet, Blenheim Orange, Peasegood Nonesuch.
Richard Cobden was born at the old farm-house of Dunford in the parish of Heyshott on 3rd June, 1804. A Sussex, man he was universally known as a great Reformer, and became leader of the Anti-Corn Law League.