Benjamin Thomas Darby


Windover Hill, seen from the Downs at Alfriston

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Journalist and author, born 8 December 1912 on a Sussex farm. In the 1960s and 70s Darby lived at 174 Surrenden Road, Brighton. Darby wrote extensively on farming matters for the Farmer and Stockbreeder. In addition he wrote many magazine and newspaper articles about Sussex, as well as two well-received books: View of Sussex (1975, Hale & Co., London) and The South Downs (1976, Hale & Co., London).

In the early 1950s he regularly contributed photographs of the South Downs and Weald to Sussex County Magazine. By 1958 he began reproducing some of his Sussex photographs as black and white real photographic postcards. Subjects included the Cuckmere Valley meanders, the Long Man of Wilmington, Windover Hill, Alfriston, and Ringmer Church. After the Sussex Wildlife Trust acquired Woods Mill at Henfield as their headquarters in 1966, he published several views of the Mill and its grounds.

Darby's cards are labelled "B.T. Darby, Brighton" or "Photograph by Ben Darby" on the back.

Darby died at Brighton in February 1995.

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