There is usually a stone in my pocket – a touchstone. It may be a sea-worn pebble or a smooth but angular piece of flint, but an oddly shaped, hollow fragment found in a narrow, wooded river valley in East Sussex is evidence of the area’s industrial past and long history of iron-making. The signs are all around: the pits and hollows of ore extraction, coppiced woodlands and darkened soil left by charcoal production; man-made indicators. The land itself provides the clearest evidence in the iron-rich soil and chalybeate water that creates what Ruskin described as an ochreous stain.
A book relating to this project is available on Blurb.