I never cease to be amazed at the great minds that were at work at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Century. How did those folks back then do so much creative and thoughtful work without all the technology that we have today – perhaps all that modern stuff just gets in the way.
Heywood Sumner was one of those great minds, and he lived and worked at Cuckoo Hill, just a couple of hundred yards from the Caravan site at Furzehill. George Heywood Maunoir Sumner was an artist, writer, archaeologist, craftsman, illustrator and skilled observer. He wrote ‘The Book of Gorley’, a beautiful work about the area and people – you can still get hold of re-prints ( abridged and titled Cuckoo Hill, The Book of Gorley) today. The Book of Gorley is a great starting point for visitors to this area, the locations he wrote about still exist today and it’s fun trying to locate them.
If you get a chance take a look at the ‘Book of Gorley’ before visiting the Furzehill area. You can find out more about Heywood Sumner