I thoroughly enjoyed painting at one of the campsites belonging to The Original Hut Company yesterday. The owner Anna kindly took time out of her busy day to show me their Udiam site beside the River Rother and introduce me to the Udiam Oak. It is an ancient landmark - not necessarily the same tree - it marked the limit of "Scotted" land, or land which was taxed for maintenance of drainage. Landowners up-stream got off "Scot-free". The Rother used to be navigable as far as the Udiam Oak and carried out, among other things, the products of the iron industry in this area.
Size: 7 x 5 inches.
Oil on board
Location: The Original Hut Camp Site, Bodiam, East Sussex
Artist Fran Russell