Horace Walpole in difficulties—A bibliophile's threat—Salehurst— Bodiam—Northiam—Queen Elizabeth's dinner and shoes—Brightling— Jack Fuller—Turner in East Sussex—The Burwash country—Sussex superstitions— Sussex Folk and Sussex Ways—Liberals and Conservatives—The Sussex character—Independent bellringers—"Silly Sussex"—Burwash at Cricket—James Hurdis—A donkey race—" A hint to great and little men "—Henry Burwash—Etchingham—Sir John Lade and the Prince— Ticehurst and Wadhurst.
Robertsbridge is not in itself a particularly attractive place ; but it has a good inn, and many interesting villages may be reached from it, the little light railway that runs from the town to Tenterden, along the Rother valley, making the exploration of this part of Sussex very simple.
Horace Walpole came to difficulties hereabout during his Sussex journey. His sprightly and heightened account is in one of the letters : "The roads grew bad beyond all badness, the night dark beyond all darkness, our guide frightened beyond all frightfulness. However, without being at all killed, we got up, or down—I forget which, it was so dark,—a famous precipice called Silver Hill, and about ten at night arrived at a wretched village called Rotherbridge. We had still six miles hither, but determined to stop, as it would be a pity to break our necks before we had seen all we had intended. But, alas ! there was only one bed to be had: all the rest were inhabited by smugglers, whom the people of the house called