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EDITOR: Alan Humphreys - editor@countylifemagazines.co.uk SALES: Lesley-Ann Humphreys - info@countylifemagazines.co.uk Published by County Life Magazines (Select Publishing), PO Box 32, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 8TE PROUDLY INDEPENDENT, SINCE 1998 www.countylifemagazines.co.uk - Tel: 01462 81 94 96


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LIFESTYLE REGULARS


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CONTRIBUTORS Elvira Adams - Jon Boon - Peter Dean - Alan Humphreys - Dean Juniper - Isobel Murdoch - W&H Peacock - Stephen Roberts - Tim Sharrock - Paul Stickler - John Wright


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SPECIAL • RETURN TO RYE


A stroll along Rye’s enchanting cobbled streets is like a walk down memory lane. “There is not in all England a town so blatantly picturesque as Tilling”. So said E F Benson, of his home town of Rye, East Sussex, used by the author as the setting for his popular Mapp and Lucia novels. Visitors to the medieval East Sussex town of Rye can enjoy the very best of countryside and coast, while an extensive calendar of special events offers something for all tastes and ages.


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• ASPECT OF COUNTY LIFE


Sir Henry Royce - modest mechanic • SERENDIPITY


The home of good ideas • BRITISH TRADITIONS A little of what we love • NATURE NOTES Observations of the past 6 months


• UNDER THE HAMMER Buying and selling at auction


• COUNTY GARDENER


This season’s gardeners’ notes • GREAT ESCAPES


Rye - East sussex • COMPETITION


Win tickets to Heritage Live Concerts • SHORT STORY


Time to relax and unwind • THE LAST WORD


A picture of England 24 CRIME, PUNISHMENT 24


and transportation of county convicts • CRIME IN THE LATE 18TH CENTURY.


Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire provided their share of 136,000 men and 25,000 women transported to Australia since the first fleet arrived in 1788. Steal £1 and you could hang!


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Front cover image copyright Peter Etteridge 2019


photo: Courtesy of 1066 Country Marketing/Clive Sawyer


photo: Courtesy The State Library of Victoria


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