There are strong links with nature in ‘Fowington’, a shy little place where they used to cultivate teasles specifically for the dressing of broadcloth.
Sixty-odd years ago it was noted for its herd of Sussex cattle and in the 1960s the village played its part in getting a better deal for badgers. Lady Monckton’s attention was drawn to setts in the area (where two local youngsters had discovered an unexploded bomb), her interest was kindled and with the help of her cousin Lord Arran she later introduced the Badger Protection Act in the House of Lords.
Nicholas Culpeper, the famous herbalist, lived at Folkington. After being apprenticed to an apothecary he set himself up as a “student of physic and astrology’ in the 1640s and discoursed at length on the healing arts of his era. He is probably best known for his Herball, reprinted many times.
Inside the 13th century church are memorials to Viscount Monckton, who had the role of adviser to King Edward III, and to Lady Barbara Thomas, daughter of Sir Herbert Springett (see Ringmer), who died in 1697. ‘Goodlyness was her imployment and Heaven is her reward.’