Heyshott Har­vest

The London Magazine - - NEWS - James Simp­son

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.

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