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Newsletter 39 Founded by David Arscott

SPRING/SUMMER 2017

GLORY DAYS ALEX ASKAROFF

Country Books paperback 230 x 155mm 340 pages 140 B&W photographs £14.99

We all love stories don’t we, especially true ones. For over 30 years Alex Askaroff has been carefully collecting and sharing priceless tales from his corner of England. At last his long awaited next volume is finally here. In his eleventh published book he shows us once again that he is the master of the short story.

We meet Little Sid, who earned his first medal cycling through The Blitz, before he was even old enough to go to war. We meet crazy farmers and mad dogs, great inventors and a host of wonderfully eccentric characters, from corrupt politicians and naked gardeners to the Hastings schoolboy who fooled the world to become the most famous First Nation Indian alive.

Alex Askaroff’s way with words, his funny and thought provoking stories, and the wonderful Sussex characters that he meets on his travels will leave you with a smile and a happy heart.

Once again Alex has brought his unique magic to the page and captures England, its history and its people as only he can. www.sussexbooks.co.uk

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EDITORIAL

Dear Members, Another year at the helm of the Book Club! Sadly there will be no outing this year as my health is giving me some problems. This time I feature John Doe’s Doss House and Temperance Hotel in Brighton – details kindly supplied by Peter Stenning of Goring. (See pages 4/5.) I would be pleased to receive any information members may have on these establishments to forward to him. There is also a piece on Richard Marsh (Richard Bernard Heldmann) and a reprint of his book The Goddess: A Demon. (See pages 10/11.) I am grateful to Jonathan Taylor for making the publication possible, and to Shaun Cooper for researching Richard Marsh. This time, we have a few new books: Glory Days by Alex Askaroff, Hooves in the High Street: The Horse History of Alfriston by Cheryl Lutring, Swanborough and Iford 580BC to 2016AD by Brigid Chapman, The Sun Street Story from Lewes History Group, Brighton’s Graphic War from QueenSpark, The Friendly Ghosts of White Lodge on the Cliff, Roedean, Brighton by Catrin Edwards-Jones, Brewing in West Sussex by David Muggleton, Harold: The King Who Fell At Hasting by Peter Rex, Signalling and Signal Boxes along the LB&SCR and Isle of Wight railway Routes by Allen Jackson (Is this a record for a long book title?) Many of you will be aware of my reprinting of old Sussex titles – my belief being that an author writing in the 19TH century is perhaps more valuable than a current writer saying what they thought it was like back then! It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Dr Harry Gaston of Southern Editorial Services on 2ND October last year. Many members will recall his books on hospitals and nursing in East Sussex. Finally, I do appreciate the loyalty of our members – the book club just about breaks even financially. Happy reading

Dick Richardson

A DICTIONARY OF THE SUSSEX DIALECT

Country Books paperback 210 x 148mm £7.50 With notes on smugglers, bird-catching, mummers’ plays, a dragon, a headless horseman and nightingales, harvest home, Sussex names, recipes, proverbs, etc. 74 illustrations.

BLACK’S 1861 GUIDE TO SUSSEX

incorporating 1859 BREADS’S GUIDE TO WORTHING and A DESCRIPTION OF THE MILLER’S TOMB ON HIGHDOWN HILL Country Books paperback 210 x 148mm £8.95 With notes on the towns and villages of East and West Sussex. Folding map. Illustrated.

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HOOVES IN THE HIGH STREET

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THE HORSE HISTORY OF ALFRISTON BY CHERYL LUTRING

published by Phreestyle Pholios paperback 210 x 148mm 120 pages with 76 B&W illustrations Price £10.00

This book concentrates on the otherwise overlooked horse activity in the village of Alfriston from 1850 to 2010.

SWANBOROUGH AND IFORD 580BC TO 2016AD

by Brigid Chapman CGB Books 210 x 148mm booklet 30 pages £4.99 12 B&W illustrations/plans. 17 colour pictures and 1 colour map

The Saxon Hundred of Swanborough covers 4,678 acres of land on the west bank of the Ouse. Within it is the hamlet of Swanborough and the village of Iford, population 205.

Englandʼs first windmill was built in the village a few years after the Church of St. Nicholas was founded. At one time its farmʼs herd of cattle was the largest in the country and holder of two world records.

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There have been changes – gone is the pub and the post office, dairy farming has given way to arable and beef cattle, but its fishing lakes and airfields are very much visited and its Lucky Buckets rock band raises cash for charities with gigs in and around the village…

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JOHN DOE’S BRIGHTON DOSS HOUSE AND TEMPERANCE HOTEL CAN

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ne of our members, Mr PR Stenning of Goring-by-Sea, is seeking information on the above premises. He writes: I enclose the pictures (interiors) of Tom Doe’s Doss House, dated about 1900. They show two rooms, one in daytime and one at night – labelled Doss House and Temperance Hotel.

In the temperance hotel picture, my great-grandfather, John Doe, sits at his table/desk. The man on the right pictured eating was called ‘Bone O’, a sandwich-board man and his best friend when John was a small boy.

In the doss house picture, ‘Bone O’ sits on the left in his corner by the fire. The family have no knowledge of the other people. Religious texts can be seen on the walls. Perhaps John Doe signed the pledge? Though he started life as a hard-drinking man!

We belive that John Doe (born 1842) was the illegitimate, but eldest son of John Hervey Elwes, of Stoke-by-Clare, Suffolk. John ran away from home and joined the navy, but his father brought him back. He ran away for a second time and joined the East India Company. Being in India, his father couldn’t get him! He fought on the North West Frontier but was wounded and returned to England.

The famous miser, John Hervey Elwes, was a forebear and he may have been Dicken’s inspiration for Scrooge. The family owned considerable property in the Regents Park area of London, near where Dickens lived. The two pictures were painted on old bits of card and were likely done as payment for lodging. Mr Stenning would welcome any further information from members.

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JOHN DOE’S TEMPERANCE HOTEL. In this picture my great-grandfather, John Doe, sits at his table/desk. The man on the right, pictured, eating was called ‘Bone O’, a sandwich-board man and his best friend when John was a small boy.

JOHN DOE’S DOSS HOUSE. In this picture ‘Bone O’ sits on the left in his corner by the fire. The family have no knowledge of the other people. Religious texts can be seen on the walls. Perhaps John Doe signed the pledge? Though he started life as a hard-drinking man! www.sussexbooks.co.uk

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THE SUN STREET STORY

A Street Stories project for Lewes History Group

by Brian Cheesmur, Rosemary Page, Frances Stenlake and Susan Weeks

Paperback 210 x 148mm 83 pages. Price £10.00 3 maps, 36 col photos, 42 B&W photos, 19 line illustrations

The team found some surprises as they dug up the past. Besides the origins of the street and the varying construction of its 19TH century houses, the team’s discoveries included finding that an employee of Albion Russell and Sons (which later became Russell and Bromley) had made boots in Sun Street; that the Fruiterers Arms (closed in late 1990s) was the home of the Lewes Wanderers Cycle Club; and that in the 1950s, the Salvation Army held Sunday meetings in the street under a gas lamp. And did you know that part of Sun Street would have been demolished in the 1960s if the ‘proposed Relief Road’ had gone ahead?

It also includes many colourful stories from the local press of the time, plus previously unpublished family stories and photos from current and former residents.

LADY THATCHER’S WINK

DAVID ARSCOTT Pomegranate Press paperback 234 x 156mm 170 pages £7.99

The novel envisages a general election a few years from now, with the government’s austerity programme cruelly intensified. Former Lewes MP and Coalition minister Norman Baker has compared its dark humour to the works of George Orwell. The plot revolves around a portrait of Margaret Thatcher in 10 Downing Street which is obscenely defaced. A chance encounter alerts the caretaker prime minister, a landed grandee, to the grim reality of the country he nominally runs. As he swings to the left, Labour leapfrog him to fill the vacancy and an elderly Charles III is worryingly susceptible to the attempts of a rabidly nationalistic party to increase the powers of the House of Windsor. The author’s note says: ‘Any resemblances between the fictional characters in this book and figures in British public life are intentional.’ SUSSEX BOOK CLUB · COURTYARD COTTAGE · LITTLE LONGSTONE · BAKEWELL · DERBYSHIRE DE45 1NN


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Published QueenSpark Hardback 270 x 185mm 200 pages £12.99 Illustrated in colour throughout Edited by TIM PILCHER Cover design by Childrenʼs Laureate CHRIS RIDDELL Foreword by Comicʼs Laureate DAVE GIBBONS

With tales of the Suffragettes, the paranormal, conscientious objectors, wounded Indian soldiers and families torn apart by conflict, Brightonʼs Graphic War focuses on the impact of World War One on home life.

Created by 15 new young writers and artists, the book illustrates the huge social changes that took place from 1900 to 1920; from daily life at the workhouse, to wash day in Hove; conscripts returning home after the horrors of the front line, to rationing on the domestic front.

Brightonʼs Graphic War details how the first modern war of the 20th Century impacted upon the people of a Sussex town.

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CORNISH AND SUSSEX RECOLLECTIONS IN TEXTILE ART CATRIN EDWARDS-JONES

Country Books hardback 245 x 170mm 126 pages lavishly illustrated in colour and black and white £21.00

Having studied physiotherapy and beauty therapy, the author worked as a beautician at Harvey Nichols and Yardley of Old Bond Street in London. Marriage brought a move to Brighton, where she later studied portraiture and textile art at Brighton Art College. This led to her opening a studio in St. Ives, Cornwall. where she also taught Textile Art at the St. Ives School of Painting and Truro College. She now lives in Brighton, where she has studied creative writing at Sussex University.

A SUSSEX WAYFARER’S NATURE NOTES DAVID JOHNSTON OakBarn Press paperback 112 pages £8.50

David Johnston began writing his diaries in 1987. With his wife Sue they would set out to walk the Sussex countryside. Their explorations covering the western half of the ‘South Downs National Park’. David noted all they encountered – the animals, birds, bees, reptiles, flowers, etc. The ‘Diary’ is in fact, a ‘serious study’ and makes compelling reading. In addition, David also recorded interesting old barns and farm buildings; shepherd huts; redundant farm machinery, etc. Also, the many country people they met and spoke to. Then there are ‘events’ – the great storm of 1987, and the change it made to the countryside – also the floods; the snow storms – and the weather that he noted each day. All these things and ‘much more’ are within the pages of his diaries. An informative new book.

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THE FRIENDLY GHOSTS OF WHITE LODGE ON THE CLIFF

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ROEDEAN BRIGHTON CATRIN EDWARDS-JONES

Country Books paperback 210 x 148mm 16 pages £4.95 5 B&W and 4 colour pictures

The story of a remarkable house, White Lodge on the cliff at Roedean, near Brighton. It was designed and built by Sir John W. Simpson in 1903 for Mrs. Fanny Mertineau, and later named ‘The Corner House’. Over the following years a few young lady boarders from Roedean School for Girls, unable to return home for the holidays, were transferred to Mrs. Martineau’s home. It was sold in 1921, following her demise. In 1924 Lady Victoria Sackville of ‘Knole’ Sevenoaks, Kent, purchased ‘The Corner House’ including an extra parcel of land up to Roedean School for the sum of £11,500 and renamed it ‘White Lodge’. In 1928, she sold the land on the eastern side to the Mayor of Brighton for £10,500 – the present miniature golf course. The house was enlarged by Sir Edwin Lutyens who added the east and west wings with an aesthetic ‘Arts and Crafts’ design. At a later date, he designed and constructed a sunken rose garden – still unchanged today. On the death of Lady Sackville the house passed to her grandson, Nigel Nicolson, and five years later, it was sold. The new owner divided the building into seven apartments. David Ellis, co-writer of ‘The Daleks’ lived in Flat 3, and had encountered the vision of a lady in a long gown drifting along a corridor. Could it have been Lady Sackville? She was also seen at other times by different people. And then there is the ghost of Crawford…

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THE GODDESS: A DEMON RICHARD MARSH With a new introduction on the author by SHAUN COOPER Country Books paperback 198 x 129mm 256 pages 3 B&W photos £9.99

Richard Marsh wrote 80 novels while living in Crawley and Haywards Heath. He died in 1915.

John Ferguson has a dream in which his friend Edwin Lawrence is attacked in the night by a laughing female fiend. He wakes up to find a beautiful, mysterious woman stepping into his room through the window. She is covered in blood and cannot remember her name. The following morning, Lawrence is found dead, his body and face slashed beyond recognition…

A Victorian gothic horror novel first published in 1900

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ichard Marsh was the pen-name of the Sussex writer Richard Bernard Heldmann, and although he wrote about eighty books during his career, it was for two of his earliest novels that he was best known back then and for which he is still remembered now: The Beetle: A Mystery first published in 1897, and The Goddess: A Demon, in l900. The Goddess: A Demon originally appeared as a twelve part series in the Manchester Evening News during the first three months of 1900. He first had fiction published in 1879 through to 1883, as by Bernard Heldmann, and then there was nothing by him for a few years, until 1888 when he began using the name Richard Marsh, under which he wrote all of the rest of his work. Marsh was his mother’s maiden name. Richard Bernard Heldmann was born in the last quarter of 1857, in the St. John’s Wood area of London. His parents were Joseph, who was from Bavaria and worked as a lace merchant, and Emma who was the daughter of a lace manufacturer in www.sussexbooks.co.uk

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Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Richard, using just ‘Bernard Heldmann’ as his pen-name, began writing boys’ adventure and school stories for various periodicals, especially the Union Jack of which he became co-editor in late 1882. However, that only lasted a few months, ending abruptly in June 1883, and then he doesn’t seem to have had anything published for nearly five years. Whatever it was that happened in that fateful summer of 1883, it set him off on a wild ride, lasting a few months, during which he swindled a number of individuals by assuming various false names and issuing cheques which either could not be honoured, because he had no money, or were forged. They caught him in the last week of February, as he stepped off a train back at Tunbridge Wells. Shortly after his trial in April 1884, he found himself languishing in a gaol in Kent, for eighteen months, with daily opportunities for very hard labour. Richard Marsh was ‘born’ when he was released from Prison. In 1890 the family moved to Sussex, first to Broadwater near Worthing, and then to 166 New Street in Three Bridges. In 1911 the family left Three Bridges and moved to The Ridge, in Lucastes Avenue, Haywards Heath, where he died in 1915.

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BREWING IN WEST SUSSEX DAVID MUGGLETON Amberley Publishing paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages 180 illustrations £14.99 Beer originated in the Middle East about 8000 BC and took another three-and-a-half millennia to arrive across the Channel in Britain. In sixth-century Sussex – the kingdom of the South Saxons – social life centred upon the alehouse. Throughout the Middle Ages, brewing remained a domestic occupation: beer was sweet, and flavoured with herbs and spices. By 1600, when Henry Stanton was brewing in Crawley, the use of hops to flavour and preserve beer had become standard practice. The growth of the large commercial brewers was a product of the Industrial Revolution, from which era date famous West Sussex family concerns such as the Hentys of Chichester, the Ockendens of Crawley and the Constables of Littlehampton. That these are no longer with us is due to a long process of acquisition during the twentieth century. With the takeover of the last of their line, King & Barnes of Horsham, in 2000, brewing in West Sussex was left to just a handful of small independents. Yet today there are nearly thirty breweries in this part of the county. This fully illustrated and informative book pays homage to the brewing heritage of West Sussex while celebrating the current outpouring of creativity known as the microbrewery revolution. THE AUTHOR David Muggleton is a professional lecturer and writer with a particular interest in pub and brewery history. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, Pub History Society, Brewery History Society and CAMRA. Over the years, David has gained an extensive knowledge of Brighton pubs both by drinking in them and by delving deep into local archives to uncover their fascinating histories. SUSSEX BOOK CLUB · COURTYARD COTTAGE · LITTLE LONGSTONE · BAKEWELL · DERBYSHIRE DE45 1NN


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The King who fell at Hastings PETER REX

Amberley Publishing paperback 198 x 129mm 304 pages £9.99

Harold Godwinson, King of England, was unable to defend his realm from William the Conqueror’s invading Norman army in 1066. The Normans wreaked havoc across the country and changed the history of England forever. This full-scale biography of England’s last Anglo-Saxon king reveals an astute political operator who, as Earl of Wessex, won the affection of the English people and the support of Edward the Confessor to succeed him. Peter Rex tells the story of a formidable warriorking killed in battle in defence of his kingdom.

THE AUTHOR Peter Rex was Head of History at Prince Thorpe College for twenty years. He was an acknowledged expert on Eleventh-century English and Norman history. He died in March 2012.

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SIGNALLING AND SIGNAL BOXES ALONG THE LB&SCR AND ISLE OF WIGHT RAILWAY ROUTES ALLEN JACKSON

Amberley Publishing paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages 130 illustrations £14.99

The Prince Regent first popularised Brighton as a pleasure destination in the eighteenth century, and the town acquired a reputation for pleasure for the masses after the coming of the railway. From these beginnings the railway grew to cover large parts of Surrey and Sussex, and went some way to establishing the railway commuter. The bowler-hatted city gent on the 07.10 to Victoria became a national stereotype. These intensively worked lines were early converts to electric traction in the 1920s and 1930s and, consequently, much of its mechanical signalling was removed then. However, some mechanical signalling remained in seaside resorts other than Brighton and on other routes not seen as a modernisation priority. Massive investment in recent years has rendered or will shortly render the remaining mechanical signalling and signal boxes redundant, but the LB&SCR will live on at the Bluebell heritage railway. The Isle of Wight railway continues in a proud independent tradition; much of it was concerned with providing a conveyor belt for holidaymakers off the ferries in the summer months. Allen Jackson uses an array of photographs to illustrate lavishly the story of signalling in the principal constituents of the Southern Rail region – focusing here on the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway and Isle of Wight routes.

THE AUTHOR Allen Jackson has worked for the RAF, as a teacher and now owns his business. He is a lifelong railway enthusiast who has published several books with Amberley.

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SOME BACK TITLES FROM COUNTRY BOOKS

RECOLLECTIONS OF A SUSSEX PARSON

Edward Boys Ellman 1815-1906 Rector of Berwick With an introduction by his daughter Maude Walker Paperback 210 x 148mm 270 pages £9.95

First published 1912. Edward Boys Ellman was born in 1815 and was rector of Berwick, East Sussex, for sixty years. A keen observer of life and people, this is a fascinating portrait of life in a small village in the 19TH century. He toured his parish tirelessly, visiting the sick, enquiring about anyone who had not been to church or any child who missed school. He taught at the school and ran evening classes at the Rectory from 1861. He died on 22ND February 1906. 17 Illustrations.

SUSSEX FOLK AND SUSSEX WAYS

John Coker Egerton Rector of Burwash 1867-1888 Edited by Henry Wace. Preface by Sheila Kaye-Smith Paperback 210 x 148mm 156 pages £9.95

First published 1884, reprinted 1923. He opens: ʻIn a few yearsʼ time the manners and customs of Sussex men, women and children will have passed away as utterly as pack-horses & stage wagons. Round frocks (smocks) will be extinct, & with them the characteristics of mind, thought, and speech which round frocks betokened.ʼ Appendices: History of Burwash. Two letters in Sussex dialect written in 1870. With 8 photos.

SUSSEX IN BYGONE DAYS

Nathaniel Paine Blaker MRCS Paperback 210 x 148mm 156 pages £12.50

First published 1906. Nathaniel Paine Blaker was born at Mays, in Selmeston in 1835. In 1859 he was assistanrt house surgeon to Lewes Prison before moving to Sussex County Hospital in 1864. In this collection of essays he writes of the last half of the 19TH century. There are extensive pieces on Steyning, Lewes and farming. His thoughts on bringing up children would not be considered ʻPCʼ in todayʼs terms – he remarks that the traditional Christening gift was a cane! Spare the rod…

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50 illustrations.

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OUR SUSSEX PARISH

Thomas Geering. Introduction by Richard Knowles Paperback 210 x 148mm 226 pages £12.50

Thomas Geering was born in Hailsham in 1813 and lived his whole life in the town. When his parentʼs died he inherited a house and a shop in the High Street and he was able to build a workshop where he employed a number of men. He was, as he explains, one of the elite of the town, for they had no squire and tradesmen were the only aristocracy in Hailsham! It was only in 1879, when Geering was well into his sixties, that the idea of being an author dawned on him. 16 illustrations. First published 1884.

THE MISTRESS OF STANTONS FARM

Marcus Woodward Introduction by Arthur Beckett Paperback 210 x 148mm 188 pages £9.95

First published 1938. Sussanah Hooker was born in 1814 at Smallfield Place, Surrey. She married Mr Stacey of Stantons and ruled her household at East Chiltington with a rod of iron. She died in 1893 and is buried at Westmeston in East Sussex. Contents include: Receipts for Food for the Poor, Life at the Farm, Directions to Servants, Ornaments for Grand Entertainments, The Doctor, The Squire, The Parson, etc. 11 illustrations.

HISTORIC HOUSES OF EAST SUSSEX & THEIR OWNERS Viscountess Frances Wolseley. Introduction by Richard Knowles Paperback 246 x 189mm 352 pages £20.00

Frances Garnet Wolseley was born in London in 1872. This book contains 46 articles she wrote for the Sussex County Magazine between 1926 and 1935 on East Sussex. She declared that she would always be glad that she had been chosen to write the series for it enabled her to spend her summers exploring the county she loved looking at fascinating houses. In winter she did her research. Invaluable for the lover of old Sussex houses, and with an index of family names, for those tracing their family tree. The very fact that she was a viscountess, opened doors to her. Several of these old buildings had been reduced to farm houses. Many of them are still in private hands – where circumstances have changed, they are mentioned at the end of each article. 253 illustrations

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HISTORIC HOUSES OF WEST SUSSEX & THEIR OWNERS Viscountess Frances Wolseley. Introduction by Richard Knowles Paperback 246 x 189mm 464 pages £25.00

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Frances Garnet Wolseley was born in London in 1872. This book contains 70 articles she wrote for the Sussex County Magazine between 1926 and 1935 on West Sussex. She declared that she would always be glad that she had been chosen to write the series for it enabled her to spend her summers exploring the county she loved looking at fascinating houses. In winter she did her research. Invaluable for the lover of old Sussex houses, and with an index of family names, for those tracing their family tree. The very fact that she was a viscountess, opened doors to her. Several of these old buildings had been reduced to farm houses. Many of them are still in private hands – where circumstances have changed, they are mentioned at the end of each article. 341 illustrations

A SOUTH DOWN FARM IN THE 1860’S Maude Robinson of Saddlescombe Farm, Brighton Paperback 210 x 148mm 80 pages £8.50

First published in 1938. Maude Robinson was born in May 1859 at Saddlescombe where her father, Martin Robinson a devout Quaker, had a 900-acre farm. Her childhood was idyllic and she wrote this account of it. When she was a child the Saddlescombe farm supported 900 sheep that were divided into three flocks. She explains what home life was like on a farm in such a secluded situation. In 1872 Maude Robinson went to a private boarding school at Lewes. 20 illustrations.

NOOKS & CORNERS OF OLD SUSSEX Rev P de Putron Paperback 295 x 205mm 158 pages £18.50 now £12.50

In 1875, The Rev. de Putron, Rector of Rodmell in East Sussex, published this selection of engravings, many dating from the early 19th century. This is a record of the vanished past – the old houses in Hastings have been demolished – many churches like Hurstpierpoint have been ʻrestoredʼ by the Victorians – the plaster has been removed from The Star Inn at Alfriston. This book is an invaluable tool, giving a picture of Sussex in the days of our grandfathers and great grand-fathers. www.sussexbooks.co.uk

Over 200 illustrations.

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THE SHIPS & MARINERS OF SHOREHAM Heny Cheal Junior Paperback 220 x 140mm 141 pages £14.50

First published 1909. Ship-building flourished in Shoreham from an early date, down to our own day (1909), but some thirty years have now lapsed since the last merchant ship went off the stocks.

Contents: The River Adur; Ancient ships and mariners; Shoreham pirates and privateers; The flight of the King; The Shoreham men-of-war and their commanders; The Shoreham merchant ships; Shoreham shipwrecks and disasters; The oyster fishery; Smuggling at Shoreham; List of master mariners at Shoreham. 16 illustrations.

THE STORY OF SHOREHAM

Henry Cheal Paperback 200 x 138mm 288 pages £14.50

First published 1923. The history of Shoreham from early times with references to the surrounding area, Lancing, etc. The Saxons. The town & harbour in the Middle Ages. Watermills & windmills. Old Erringham. Early deeds of the Blaker, Monk & Bridger families. The De Braose & De Mowbray families. Fairs & markets. Inns. Bungalow Town. The Suspension brudge. Ancient religious houses. The ancient ferry. The Marlipins. Forgotten street names. Smugglers. Ship building. etc. Index. 63 Line illustrations by Arthur B Packham. Folding illustrated map.

THE STORY OF HENFIELD

Rev. Henry de Candole Paperback 220 x 136mm 230 pages £14.50

First published 1947. The name and site; the Saxon castle; Norman Henfield; the Manor of Stretham; river, road and rail; turnpikes; the church and village in the middle ages; the Bysshopp family; wars and taxes; Thomas Stapleton; the church chest and registers; church marks; vicars and vicarage; registrar and clergy; the survey of 1647; Henfield Place and the Holneys; Shiprods and the Cheales; churchwardensʼ accounts; overseers of the poor; the Workhouse, etc.

8 illustrations and 2 maps.

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BRITISH WITCH LEGENDS OF SUSSEX REMINDERS

SHAUN COOPER Country Books paperback 210 x 148mm 206 pages £12.00

This book is crammed full of anecdotes, legends, and history of witches living in Sussex. It has many sources, ancient journals etc. recounting first hand accounts and folklore of particular villages and themes. It is meticously researched with a huge bibliography. The author has a lovely, lyrical turn of phrase and the book is fascinating and absorbing. I would recommend it for anyone interested in rural folklore, paganism or simply life in rural Sussex in days long gone by.

THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF

THE STORY OF THE BUILDING THAT STOOD ON SEAFORD HEAD LYNN LAWSON Country Books paperback 245 x 170mm 120 pages 68 B&W and 34 colour photos and plans £12.99

The view of Seaford Head from the promenade is the defining image of this seaside town. In photographs of this view taken in the first half of the twentieth century, a distinctive house can be seen, standing in isolation on the cliff. The history of this building reflects the history of Seaford and the country as a whole during this turbulent period, which witnessed two world wars; the emancipation of women; and the arrival of the car, cinema, and low cost ‘package’ holidays.

This book tells the story of that ‘house on the cliff’ – built in the reign of Queen Victoria, demolished in the 1960s, but with traces of its existence still visible on Seaford Head today.

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Sussex Book Club Spring/Summer 2017 Newsletter 39  

Sussex Book Club Spring/Summer Newsletter number 39, for Sussex Book Club members, specialist sussex county books

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