Yesterday Jimmy and I were out in a tiny village called Isfield, just north of Lewes in East Sussex. We were looking for the stomping ground of Nicholas Culpeper, the famous 17th century herbalist. This unusual village was where the young Nicholas grew up before going off to Cambridge then to London to set up practice as an Apothecary. He learnt his knowledge of worts (plants and herbs) here in this beautiful Sussex landscape where even today the various grasses and wild flowers abound along the verges and hedgerows.
Having been born in Ockley in Surrey, Nicholas Culpeper was brought back to Isfield, the home of his mother Mary, after his father died and together they lived at the Rectory where is Grandfather was the vicar of the local church, St. Margaret’s.
Jimmy and I spent the morning exploring the village with it cut off railway line, 19th century animal pound, water mill and 11th Century church.
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