Back to 1930

The BBC’s second adaptation of E. F. Benson’s Mapp & Lucia books is being produced in the streets of Rye through the summer. Whole streets have been been given a 1930 make-over and turned into film sets. E. F. Benson was Mayor of Rye for three years from 1934. He wrote the Mapp & Lucia stories while living in Continue reading Back to 1930

Lover’s Seat


I have been in a somewhat romantic mood of late and as I approach my 49th birthday as a Batchelor I have been spending rather more time than is healthy perhaps reflecting on the course of my life so far. Continue reading Lover’s Seat

Gilbert Fabes

Gilbert Fabes was born on January 6th, 1894, in one of the severest winters of the century. His family lived in a small working-class house in Stanford Street, off the Vauxhall Bridge Road, Westminster. Continue reading Gilbert Fabes