Snippets of Downshire Life

 

Snippets of Downshire Life – New Year’s Eve

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south, to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the North and it’s in leafy Roespring where our story takes place on New Year’s Eve.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Old Year’s Night

Downshire is a relatively small English county but that didn’t bother its inhabitants, they may not have been the biggest but they were in no doubt that it was the best. And that belief was no more truer than in the southern town off Abbottsford which was Downshire’s administrative capital and the seat of the Downshire government.

Snippets of Downshire Life - New Year’s Day

Mornington-By-Mere is a small country village lying in the Finchbottom Vale nestled between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest and the rolling Pepperstock Hills.

Snippets of Downshire Life – The New Year’s Resolution

The fortunes of Shallowfield on the edge of Dancingdean Forest, had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival and in the post war years with rationing and a shortage of work a lot of people moved away, to Abbottsford, Abbeyvale and beyond and it barely survived, but by the 70s things were beginning to change, thanks mainly to tourism and an increase in leisure time, and the fortunes of the Sciberras family improved along with it.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Epiphany

Downshire is a relatively small English county, but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the north, which is where our story begins.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Winnie the Pooh Day

On the west side of Downshire is the town of Northchapel which had always been the Industrial powerhouse of the County and although it doesn’t physically occupy its centre it is the beating heart of the Region.

Snippets of Downshire Life – MLK Day

When Margaret Linda Kennedy got into her car that morning in Brocklington she was feeling unusually positive, and it was the first time for several years she had felt that way, in fact it was the first time really since her divorce.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Library Shelfie Day

The traditional seaside resort of Sharpington-by-Sea with its Victorian Pier, seafront hotels, crazy golf, The Palladium ballroom, well maintained gardens, promenade, theatre and illuminations, has all the usual things to have a great time by the seaside, as well as amusement arcades and of course the Sharpington Fun Park, but in addition to those attractions the town obviously benefitted from all the normal amenities, such as the Public Library.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Burns Night Supper

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south, to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the north, but it’s in the Town of Abbeyvale where the participants of this tale live their lives.

Snippets of Downshire Life – St Dwynwen’s Day

Glynis Jones was 26 years old and had been working in the costume department at the Purplemere Studios for eight years. It was her first job after she finished college and she had been happy there, mostly. But while she was there she had been seeing a design director, Jordan Andrews, he seemed nice at first, but ultimately she realized it wasn’t working, so after a couple of months, she ended it.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Australia Day

Emma Harding had enjoyed a successful career in the Downshire Constabulary, due to her diligence and hard work and she had reached the rank of Detective Sergeant. And she had done so largely without regrets, but she had arrived in the middle of her thirties with her integrity, looks and figure intact, but she still lived the existence of a singleton.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Holocaust Memorial Day

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the north but our story takes place in the southern town off Abbottsford which was the biggest in Downshire, its administrative capital and the seat of the Downshire government.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Candlemas Day

Dave Torrison was a Junior Doctor at the Royal Downshire Hospital in Purplemere and shared a house in town with two Nurses, Tony Torlini and Mark Tongue and another doctor, Mary Macintyre, who all worked at the same Hospital.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Groundhog Day

Emily Goff was a very successful chef, and she was well respected by fellow professionals and was highly regarded by everyone who knew her, but her success didn’t extend to her personal life, she may have had the Midas touch in the kitchen, but she was more like Medusa in the romance department.

Snippets of Downshire Life – The Chinese New Year

Shallowfield sat on the southern edge of the Finchbottom Vale and was bordered on the other side by the Dancingdean forest and the town’s fortunes had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival.

Snippets of Downshire Life – National Umbrella Day

Downshire is a relatively small English county but that didn’t bother its inhabitants, they may not have been the biggest, but they were in no doubt that it was the best, and that belief was no truer than in the southern town off Abbottsford which was Downshire’s administrative capital and the seat of the Downshire government.

Snippets of Downshire Life – St Valentine’s Day

Purplemere was one of the largest towns in the Finchbottom Vale, and the Vale was nestled comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, and those who were lucky enough to live there thought of it as the rose between two thorns.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Margarita Day

Downshire is a relatively small English county but that didn’t bother its inhabitants, the may not have been the biggest but they were in no doubt that it was the best, and that belief was no truer than in the southern town off Abbottsford which was Downshire’s administrative capital and the seat of the Downshire government.

Snippets of Downshire Life – National Toast Day

The Pepperstock Hills National Park stretched from the bare, and often barren crags of Oxley Ridge in the North to the dense wooded southern slopes on the fringe of the Finchbottom Vale and from Quarry Hill, and the Pits in the West to Pepperstock Bay in the East.

Snippets of Downshire Life – St David’s Day

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in,

Snippets of Downshire Life – Shrovetide – Egg Saturday

Highfinch which nestled on the edge of the Pepperstock Hills where the Lily Green Hollows Golf Club separated the village from the Hamlet of Lily Green, which made up the parish of St Martins Church and between Lily Green and the sleepy hamlet of Kingfisherbridge was where Daniel Mason lived with his divorcee sister Karen and his niece Melinda.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Shrovetide – Quinquagesima Sunday

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Shrovetide – Collop Monday

On the north side of the green was the pub, The Woodcutters Tavern, and attached to the side of the pub there was a Stephenson’s general store and post office, across the green from the pub was the church, St Peter’s,

Snippets of Downshire Life – Shrovetide – Nickanan Night

It was also a place of learning thanks to the Downshire University, a Cathedral City and was also home to Abbottsford Town Football Club. Abbottsford was also the town where Lennie Hine lived, and his life changed on the third day of Shrovetide.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Shrovetide – Pancake Day

Sharpington-by-Sea is a traditional seaside resort complete with a Victorian Pier, seafront hotels, crazy golf, The Palladium ballroom, well maintained gardens, promenade, theatre and illuminations, all the usual things to have a great time by the seaside, as well as amusement arcades and of course the Sharpington Fun Park.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Shrovetide – Mardi Gras Carnival

It was also a place of learning thanks to the Downshire University and was a Cathedral City and was also home to Abbottsford Town football club.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Shrovetide – Ash Wednesday

She hadn’t always been alone, in fact she had never lived alone until she was separated from her husband of ten years, Jack. Anne had thought they would live happily ever after in her dream cottage, but Jack had other ideas, and those ideas didn’t involve her, she had been traded in for a much younger partner, and an alternate future, a future without Anne.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Lent

The Norman family had been in the Grocery business since Victorian times when they started with a small shop in Abbottsford, a business which quickly expanded and thrived well into the 20 th century, but the depression of the thirties hit the business hard and many shops had to close.

Snippets of Downshire Life – World Book Day

The traditional seaside resort of Sharpington-by-Sea with its Victorian Pier, seafront hotels, crazy golf, The Palladium ballroom, well maintained gardens, promenade, theatre and illuminations, has all the usual things to have a great time by the seaside, as well as amusement arcades and of course the Sharpington Fun Park, but in addition to those attractions the town obviously benefitted from all the normal amenities, such as the Public Library.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Shrovetide – Kissing Friday

There was an expanse of green at the center of the village complete with duckpond and a weeping willow tree.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Shrovetide – Nippy Hug Day

Sharpington-by-Sea is a traditional seaside resort complete with a Victorian Pier, seafront hotels, crazy golf, the Palladium ballroom, well maintained gardens, promenade, theatre and illuminations, all the usual things to have a great time by the seaside, as well as amusement arcades and of course the Sharpington Fun Park.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Shrovetide – On Kissing Friday

It was also a Cathedral City, home to Abbottsford Town football club and a place of learning thanks to the Downshire University.

Snippets of Downshire Life – British Pie Week

There was an expanse of green at the center of the village complete with duckpond and a weeping willow tree.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Commonwealth Day

The medieval Village of Withery, was located between Purplemere and Finchbottom, which was where once upon a time the Monks of St Vitus Abbey were the first to grow grapes in the county.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Angling

Downshire is a relatively small English county but that didn’t bother its inhabitants, the may not have been the biggest but they were in no doubt that it was the best, and that belief was no truer than in the southern town off Abbottsford which was Downshire’s administrative capital and the seat of the Downshire government.

Snippets of Downshire Life – The Ides of March

The Dulcets were a collection of villages and hamlets comprising of Dulcet Meadow, Dulcet St Mary, Dulcet Green and Dulcet-on-Brooke, to name but a few, and of course Dulcet-on-Willow which was a large sprawling village beside the gentle shallow River Willow, which ran unhurriedly from the Pepperstock Hills to the more vibrant River Brooke.

Snippets of Downshire Life – World Sleep Day

The hamlet of Fallowacres, which was as near as damn it the center point of the Finchbottom Vale, though only geographically, in most ways it was the back end of beyond, but those who lived there liked it well enough, even Linda Kirk loved it despite the fact she’d had an argument with her husband and was sleeping in the spare room.

Snippets of Downshire Life – St Patrick’s Day

Shallowfield sat on the southern edge of the Finchbottom Vale and was bordered on the other side by the Dancingdean forest and the town’s fortunes had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival and thirty-four year old Abigail Vann had made her living off both of them as she was the manager of the Farming, Agriculture and Forestry Supplies business in Shallowfield.

Snippets of Downshire Life – St Patrick’s Day Parade

Twenty five year old Abbie Parkes worked at Hanratty’s Department Store in the Abbottsford Phoenix Shopping Centre, and was a very popular and hardworking member of staff, unfortunately she was also a very willing worker and seldom said no when she was asked to work late.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Shakespeare Week

Downshire is a relatively small English county but that didn’t bother its inhabitants, the may not have been the biggest, but they were in no doubt that it was the best and that belief was no truer than in the southern town off Abbottsford which was Downshire’s administrative capital and the seat of the Downshire government.

Snippets of Downshire Life – The Spring Equinox

Sharpington-by-Sea is a traditional seaside resort complete with a Victorian Pier, seafront hotels, crazy golf, the Palladium ballroom, well maintained gardens, promenade, theatre and illuminations, all the usual things to have a great time by the seaside, as well as amusement arcades and of course the Sharpington Fun Park.

Snippets of Downshire Life – International Day of Happiness

The village of Highfinch sits just on the edge of the Pepperstock Hills and the Lily Green Hollows Golf Club separates the village from the Hamlet of Lily Green, and the combination of those two and Kingfisherbridge made up the parish of St Martins.

Snippets of Downshire Life – World Poetry Day

The Pepperstock Hills National Park stretched from the bare, and often barren crags of Oxley Ridge in the North to the dense wooded southern slopes on the fringe of the Finchbottom Vale and from Quarry Hill, and the Pits in the West to Pepperstock Bay in the East.

Snippets of Downshire Life – World Theatre Day

The Pepperstock Hills National Park stretched from the bare, and often barren crags of Oxley Ridge in the North to the dense wooded southern slopes on the fringe of the Finchbottom Vale and from Quarry Hill, and the Pits in the West to Pepperstock Bay in the East.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Spring Forward

Downshire is a relatively small English county but that didn’t bother its inhabitants, they may not have been the biggest, but they were in no doubt that it was the best.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Mother’s Day

The Finchbottom Vale is nestled comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, those who are lucky enough to live there think of it as the rose between two thorns.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Mothering Sunday

In those three years she had made herself part of the community, as a well-respected teacher, a volunteer at the Library and as an enthusiastic member of an amateur dramatics group, but all her busyness was merely to fill the lonely hours of her life.

Snippets of Downshire Life – International Children’s Book Day

John and Rachel Carberry first met at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which was held in October, and fell head over heels for each other and following a whirlwind romance they were married in Copenhagen a few days before Christmas.

Snippets of Downshire Life – National Hug a News Person Day

The Pepperstock Hills National Park stretched from the bare, and often barren crags of Oxley Ridge in the North to the dense wooded southern slopes on the fringe of the Finchbottom Vale and from Quarry Hill, and the Pits in the West to Pepperstock Bay in the East.

Snippets of Downshire Life – The Old Flame

Owen Conway had been in Abbottsford for a business meeting and after a fruitful meeting and an exceptionally nice meal, and it was about six o’clock when he decided to make a move, so he said his goodbyes and headed off to catch his train.

The Clerembeax Palace Hotel and Spa – Holy Week – Lazarus Saturday

The beautiful Downshire village of Clerembeax St Giles was situated to the west of Abbeyvale located between Grace Hill and Bushy Down and on the outskirts was the Clerembeax Palace Hotel and Spa.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Eastertide – Palm Sunday

The Finchbottom Vale nestles comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, and to the east 15 miles inland from Sharpington-By-Sea, equidistant between the seaside resort and Pepperstock Green was the rambling village of Brookley and at its heart was St Mildred’s Church.

Snippets of Downshire Life – UK Coffee Week

The village of Highfinch sits just on the edge of the Pepperstock Hills and the Lily Green Hollows Golf Club separates the village from the Hamlet of Lily Green, and the combination of those two and Kingfisherbridge made up the parish of St Martins.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Eastertide – Maundy Thursday

The Finchbottom Vale nestles comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, and to the east 15 miles inland from Sharpington-By-Sea, equidistant between the seaside resort and Pepperstock Green was the rambling village of Brookley and at its heart was St Mildred’s Church.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Eastertide – Good Friday

The Finchbottom Vale nestles comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, and to the east 15 miles inland from Sharpington-By-Sea, equidistant between the seaside resort and Pepperstock Green was the rambling village of Brookley and at its heart was St Mildred’s Church.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Eastertide – Holy Saturday

The Finchbottom Vale nestles comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, and to the east 15 miles inland from Sharpington-By-Sea, equidistant between the seaside resort and Pepperstock Green was the rambling village of Brookley and at its heart was St Mildred’s Church.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Eastertide – Easter Sunday

The Finchbottom Vale nestles comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, and to the east 15 miles inland from Sharpington-By-Sea, equidistant between the seaside resort and Pepperstock Green was the rambling village of Brookley and at its heart was St Mildred’s Church.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Eastertide – Easter Monday

The Finchbottom Vale nestles comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, and to the east 15 miles inland from Sharpington-By-Sea, equidistant between the seaside resort and Pepperstock Green was the rambling village of Brookley and at its heart was St Mildred’s Church.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Shakespeare Day

Downshire is a relatively small English county but that didn’t bother its inhabitants, the may not have been the biggest, but they were in no doubt that it was the best and that belief was no truer than in the southern town off Abbottsford which was Downshire’s administrative capital and the seat of the Downshire government.

Snippets of Downshire Life – St George’s Day

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the North and it’s at the Downshire Country Park Hotel situated equidistant between Great and Little Trotwood where the St Georges Day Ball was taking place.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Female Football Felicitations

The southern town off Abbottsford was the biggest in Downshire and was the administrative capital and the seat of the Downshire government. It was also a place of learning thanks to the Downshire University, it could also boast that it was a Cathedral City, was home to Abbottsford Town football club and benefitted from the renowned Winston Churchill Hospital.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Chance Meeting

Frank had planned to meet up with a friend in Purplemere at a restaurant called “La Florenza” but he cancelled at the eleventh hour. He had already booked himself a room at the Lamb and Flag so as he had already made the journey into town he decided to stick with his plan and make his own amusement.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Getting Noticed

The village of Highfinch sits just on the edge of the Pepperstock Hills, and the Lily Green Hollows Golf Club separates the village from the Hamlet of Lily Green, and the combination of those two and Kingfisherbridge made up the parish of St Martins and an important part of the parish was the Greenwood Guesthouse owned and run by divorcee Janita Front.

Snippets of Downshire Life – ANZAC Day

Donna Harding had enjoyed a successful career in the Downshire Constabulary, due to her diligence and hard work she had reached the rank of Detective Constable. And had done so largely without regrets but she had arrived in her early thirties with her integrity, looks and figure intact, but she still lived the existence of a singleton.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Just Pay It Forward

It was in the late summer of 1966 and Grace Weldon was stranded by the side of the road somewhere in the Dulcets. The Dulcets being a collection of villages and hamlets comprising of Dulcet Meadow, Dulcet St Mary, Dulcet Green and Dulcet-on-Brooke, to name but a few, and of course Dulcet-on-Willow which was a large sprawling village beside the gentle shallow River Willow, which ran unhurriedly from the Pepperstock Hills to the more vibrant River Brooke, and Willow just happened to be the nearest habitable civilization to where the “old bus” had given up the ghost, again.

Snippets of Downshire Life – On Account of the Gardener

In the small but thriving English county of Downshire people go about the tasks of their everyday existence in ways that range from the mundane to the extraordinary as their forebears had done for centuries before, in the varied and diverse landscape, from the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, to the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and the short but beautiful coastline to the east.

Snippets of Downshire Life – May Bank Holiday

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south, to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the north but our story takes place in the southern town off Abbottsford which was the biggest in Downshire, its administrative capital and the seat of the Downshire government.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Infidelity Hurts – The Ultimatum

The Dulcets were a collection of villages and hamlets comprising of Dulcet Meadow, Dulcet St Mary, Dulcet Green and Dulcet-on-Brooke, to name but a few, and of course Dulcet-on-Willow which was a large sprawling village beside the gentle shallow River Willow, which ran unhurriedly from the Pepperstock Hills to the more vibrant River Brooke.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Dawn Chorus

The Pepperstock Hills National Park stretched from the bare, and often barren crags of Oxley Ridge in the North, to the dense wooded southern slopes on the fringe of the Finchbottom Vale and from Quarry Hill, and the Pits in the West to Pepperstock Bay in the East.

Snippets of Downshire Life – May Day

The village of Brocklington was on the River Brooke about six miles downstream from Sharping St Mary in the Finchbottom Vale which was nestled comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, those who are lucky enough to live there think of it as the rose between two thorns.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Seeking Solace

In the small but thriving English county of Downshire people go about the tasks of their everyday existence in ways that range from the mundane to the extraordinary as their forebears had done for centuries before, in the varied and diverse landscape, from the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, to the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and the short but beautiful coastline to the east.

Snippets of Downshire Life – On the Finchbottom Express

Alex Jackson was on the Finchbottom Express, when a beautiful girl seductively entered his compartment and sat down diagonally across the aisle from him, a tall willowy blonde with outstandingly stellar legs and the first seed of his awakening attraction, germinated, as he gave her the benefit of his silent appraisal.

Snippets of Downshire Life – The Incumbent Vicar

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the north but our story begins Oxley Green

Snippets of Downshire Life – Elementary My Dear Leo

The Pepperstock Hills National Park stretched from the bare, and often barren crags of Oxley Ridge in the North, to the dense wooded southern slopes on the fringe of the Finchbottom Vale and from Quarry Hill, and the Pits in the West to Pepperstock Bay in the East.“I got your address from Clarion Cars” she replied

Snippets of Downshire Life – Whit Monday

It was in the late 1980’s when Ian Rapley, a Uniform Police Constable in Abbottsford, was on holiday with a group of fellow officers at the traditional seaside resort of Sharpington-by-Sea.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Spring Bank Holiday

It was in the late 1980’s when Nick Ransome, a Uniform Police Constable in Abbottsford, was on holiday with a group of fellow officers at the traditional seaside resort of Sharpington-by-Sea.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Ascension Day

The Finchbottom Vale is nestled comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, those who are lucky enough to live there think of it as the rose between two thorns.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Lark in the Square

The Finchbottom Vale nestles comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, and to the east, 15 miles inland from Sharpington-By-Sea, equidistant between the seaside resort and Pepperstock Green was the rambling village of Brookley and at its heart was St Mildred’s Church where Emily Sanders worked in the office and she had an admirer in the shape of Chorister Roy Peach.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Guilty Feelings

Highfinch, which nestled on the edge of the Pepperstock Hills, was where the Lily Green Hollows Golf Club separated the village from the Hamlet of Lily Green, and the combination of those two and Kingfisherbridge made up the parish of St Martins, and between Lily Green and the sleepy hamlet of Kingfisherbridge was where divorcee Karen Dillon lived with her daughter Melinda and brother Daniel Mason.

Snippets of Downshire Life – D-Day

Markus Lampier was staying at Beaumont House in Finchbrooke, which was the family home of his best friend Giles, and the reason for that was a gathering of the Beaumont’s to celebrate the engagement of Giles and Victoria, and there was to be grand party that evening so Markus decided to freshen up.

Snippets of Downshire Life – The Queen’s Birthday Parade

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Natural Hobbies

The Finchbottom Vale nestles comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, and to the east, 15 miles inland from Sharpington-By-Sea, equidistant between the seaside resort and Pepperstock Green was the rambling village of Brookley and at its heart was St Mildred’s Church and Susan Peach, amongst other things published the Parish Magazine, but she was also a Chorister like her cousin Roy.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Midsummer Eve

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the north but our story begins in the South East, in Mornington-By-Mere.

Snippets of Downshire Life – The Summer Solstice

The village of Brocklington was on the River Brooke about six miles downstream from Sharping St Mary in the Finchbottom Vale which was nestled comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, those who are lucky enough to live there think of it as the rose between two thorns.

Snippets of Downshire Life – The Longest Day

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the North and it’s in leafy Great Trotwood where our story takes place, where Amy Murthwaite was mourning the death of her Mother.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Reprise

The village of Highfinch sits just on the edge of the Pepperstock Hills and the Lily Green Hollows Golf Club separates the village from the Hamlet of Lily Green, and the combination of those two and Kingfisherbridge made up the parish of St Martins and new to that parish was writer Ken Smithson, who moved to the village for a new start after he and his long term girlfriend split up acrimoniously, he chose Highfinch because he had never heard of it, and if it was unfamiliar to him it would certainly be to her, and that suited him very well indeed as he never wanted to run into her again unless it was in a car and he was driving

Snippets of Downshire Life – Independence Day

Jon Goss and Jayne Robertson were part of the consular staff at the American Embassy in London, but they, and quite a few of their colleagues, were invited to an Independence Day party at the home of an American Business man who had a grand house that backed onto the dunes at the Northern end of Sharpington in the shadow of Whitecliffe Hill.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Downshire Day

In the north of Downshire is the old market Town of Nettlebridge which was quainter and more peaceful than its neighbour Nettlefield which was a Military Town whereas Nettlebridge prospered from the sheep and wool trade, which is evidenced by the road names, Sheepfold Street, Woolsack Lane and Shepherds Bridge, and this trade had historically generated a great deal of wealth and the town was buzzing on Downshire day.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Sharpington Sundae

The traditional seaside resort of Sharpington-by-Sea with its Victorian Pier, seafront hotels, crazy golf, The Palladium ballroom, well maintained gardens, promenade, theatre and illuminations, has all the usual things to have a great time by the seaside, as well as amusement arcades and of course the Sharpington Fun Park and sisters Rachel and Kay Wilkinson live together in the house they grew up in, in the grand neighbourhood of Granite Hill, which in a nod to San Francisco, the locals had nicknamed Nob Hill.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Girlfriends Forever

The traditional seaside resort of Sharpington-by-Sea, with its Victorian Pier, seafront hotels, crazy golf, The Palladium ballroom, well maintained gardens, promenade, theatre and illuminations, has all the usual things to have a great time by the seaside, as well as amusement arcades and of course the Sharpington Fun Park and 30 something Sarah Whitmarsh lived alone in the Jubilee Court Apartments overlooking the promenade.

Snippets of Downshire Life – August Bank Holiday

The Dulcets were a collection of villages and hamlets comprising of Dulcet Meadow, Dulcet St Mary, Dulcet Green and Dulcet-on-Brooke, to name but a few, and of course Dulcet-on-Willow which was a large sprawling village beside the gentle shallow River Willow, which ran unhurriedly from the Pepperstock Hills to the more vibrant River Brooke.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Summer Bank Holiday

The traditional seaside resort of Sharpington-by-Sea with its Victorian Pier, seafront hotels, crazy golf, The Palladium ballroom, well maintained gardens, promenade, theatre and illuminations, has all the usual things to have a great time by the seaside, as well as amusement arcades and of course the Sharpington Fun Park, but there was also a very acceptable sandy beach, and it was on that beach on the Summer Bank Holiday when a group of friends from Purplemere were enjoying the warm weather, and among them were brothers Paul and Simon Maloney and Simon’s girlfriend Jules Madox.
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Snippets of Downshire Life – The Autumn Equinox – The End of Summer Ball

Lucinda Johnson-Claassens was a 39 year old widow, who tragically lost her husband when she was only 26 and there had only been her and her daughter, Belle, since her bereavement, but now Belle had someone special in her life so Lucinda was feeling unloved, at least until she met widower Spenser Doran.

Snippets of Downshire Life – The Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels

Downshire is a relatively small English county but that didn’t bother its inhabitants, they may not have been the biggest but they were in no doubt that it was the best, and that belief was no truer than in the southern town off Abbottsford, which was Downshire’s administrative capital and the seat of the Downshire government.