20 September 2018, The Tablet

Priest poet


Not much happens in our small Wealden village. Two thousand years ago, a Roman let some coins fall through a hole in his toga, depositing a small hoard; some years later, a last skirmish of the Battle of Hastings left a few crumbling bones. And then came Andrew Young. According to Richard Ormrod, his induction into the living at St Peter’s Church in 1941 marked the start of “The Stonegate years … a seedbed of Young’s genius”. Here he was to remain until his retirement in 1959. So far, he is our most famous resident.

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