The Slaugham Archives

Arthur Shopland RIP
The Slaugham Archive
Arthur Shopland RIP

31st March 1933 - 3rd October 2014
Arthur was born in Tilgate Forest Row, Pease Pottage and moved to The Gate Lodge, Tilgate Forest Lodge when he was about five years old. He lived there with his parents, William and Esther, and his older brother, David, and their much-loved dog, Toby.
School was in Horsham and then a five year apprenticeship as a bricklayer. Then he had two years of National Service and a posting to Hong Kong. With so many fond memories of this time and place he always had a soft spot for anything “Hong Kong” (sweet and sour, usually ). How lucky? He could of gone to Easter Island!
On his return, within two years he had met and fallen in love with Valerie and they married on 29th March 1958 (his mother’s birthday and a good way of always remembering the date!). It was at this time that they moved to their permanent home of Slaugham.
It was here that they bought up their family of four children, and, as they grew, so did the house. Sadly, Valerie passed away in 2008.
Arthur’s work and skills as a builder can be seen all around the village, and his pride and joy when approaching his retirement were the grounds and ruins of Slaugham Place.
He had a keen interest in local history and could always be relied upon for information and facts for future reference or general interest.
Unfortunately his health had deteriorated over the last few years, and although his body was not all it was, he was blessed with being able to carry on at home with the support of his friends and family. He was also blessed to the end with an ever-sharp brain and a sense of humour to research, record, and follow his creative streak in poetry.
Arthur passed away peacefully early last Friday morning, 3rd October 2014, in the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, with his family present.
He will be sadly missed by his children, his grandchildren, and his many friends and neighbours.
Click on Open Document to see two pictures of Arthur; one demonstrating another use for a wheelbarrow, and one of him waving goodbye.
James Shopland

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Rest in peace, dear Arthur.
Added by Lynne Covert Hutton (Idaho, USA) on 09 October 2014
Uncle Arthur, you helped raise a village of children and will always be fondly remembered. It's time for you to rest now.
Added by Lena Schriever (née Botting)(USA) on 10 October 2014
Arthur was a kind and gentle man, but with a mischievous sense of humour. Since I started this website in July 2012, Arthur has regularly supplied me with information about Slaugham, and, indeed, Pease Pottage where he lived until he married in 1958.
On 3rd October I wanted to know about a certain Slaugham family in the 1960s and, of course, I telephoned Arthur. Alas, I was too late.
Arthur will be sorely missed in the village, and I shall miss our frequent telephone chats. At the end of a telephone call he would always thank me, even though he had been supplying answers to my queries!
This time, Arthur, for all your support and encouragement, for telling me all those funny stories, and for being a dear friend, “Thank you”.

Added by Barry Ray on 11 October 2014
I met Arthur through Barry Ray via this remarkable historical website.
A most gracious host, Arthur shared the fascinating history of Slaugham during my brief visit.
Many thanks to Catherine, Arthur's daughter, for the lovely book - The Landscapes of East Sussex.
My sincere condolences to Arthur's family and friends. Truly an exceptional man.

Added by Lynne Covert Hutton (Idaho, USA) on 12 October 2014
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