In this post I will be focusing on “Beachy Head” by William Heath.
World renowned poet and artist William Blake (most recognised for his collection Songs of Innocence and of Experience) lived in Felpham and was actually tried by sedition in Chichester for the trivial offence of knocking the hat off a solider. However, common sense played a helping hand and he was found not guilty. Blake illustrated work for his co-resident in Felphan William Hayley (also a writer) who was accomplished enough as a poet to be offered the post of Poet Laureate in 1790. However, he declined. In 2007, the exhibition “Poets in the Landscape: the Romantic Spirit in British Art” curated by Simon Martin was held at Pallant House Galley in Chichester with the aim of exploring his role as patron and friends of artists such as William Blake. A portrait of Hayley is currently on display in the gallery.
Andrew Boorde is said to be the author of the first English guidebook to Europe which was co-written by Thomas Sackville, the first Earl of Dorset. Thomas Sackville’s play Gorboduc was first performed at a Christmas Celebration in 1561 for Queen Elizabeth I. It is considered one of the earliest documented works of literature from a Sussex writer.