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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 September 2007, 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK
Celebrations remember 'Mad Jack'
Brightling Church
Mad Jack's pyramid tomb is in Brightling churchyard
Celebrations have taken place in East Sussex to commemorate one of its most eccentric residents.

"Mad Jack" Fuller, born 250 years ago in Hampshire, is most famous for the follies he built at Brightling, where he lived at the Rose Hill estate.

But he was also an MP, a patron of the arts and sciences and a founding member of the Royal Institution.

Historian Geoff Hutchinson was giving a talk on Mad Jack on Saturday and there was a follies walk in the village.

'Fascinating character'

Fuller built his own pyramid-shaped tomb in Brightling churchyard, and an obelisk on Brightling Down at the edge of the village.

There is also the Sugar Loaf, a tower in the village, an observatory and a temple in the grounds of his home, now known as Brightling Park.

"One of the best reasons for remembering him is the 25ft high pyramid," said Mr Hutchinson.

"You immediately start to be fascinated by the character, and it has fascinated me for years and years.

"Another of these follies in the Sugar Loaf, like an upturned giant ice cream - it's called the Sugar Loaf because sugar was stored in that conical shape in those days."

Fuller was MP for Southampton, Hampshire and later for Sussex before his death in 1834.

He also bought Eastbourne its first lifeboat, financed the building of the Belle Toute lighthouse at Beachy Head and bought Bodiam Castle at auction to save it from destruction.




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