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Newsletter 40 Founded by David Arscott

AUTUMN/WINTER 2017

SOME MILLS, MYTHS AND MEMORIES OF HIGHDOWN HILL PETER R STENNING

Country Books paperback 245 x 170mm 80 pages Signed limited edition of 50 copies ÂŁ14.00 26 line drawings, 10 maps and 11 B&W photographs

Highdown Hill will be familiar to visitors and locals alike silhouetted against the northern skyline, with its commanding presence and crown of trees overlooking the ancient coastal villages of Goring and Ferring in West Sussex.

About the Author: As a small child, Peter was fascinated by John Olliver and his tomb, and as a teenager, became very interested in old windmills. When he left school he became apprentice with one of only two firms in Britain, at that time, who carried out restoration work on old mills. He worked for this firm for a number of years, then left to join a local company of traditional stone-ground flour millers where he became the head millstone dresser. He also learnt a lot about milling and carrying 2cwt sacks of wheat. He left to become a journeyman millwright and worked for a firm in the Midlands, also working abroad on mills. In the early 1970s he set up his own business and began working for museums and private customers. He later worked on windmills and watermills for the National Trust, county councils, and for commercial millers. In addition, he carried out some voluntary projects, working in more than a dozen counties. He retired after spending more than 40 years on millwrighting work and has run every kind of mill to grind flour. His many other interests include the study of milling history and collecting mill memorabilia. www.sussexbooks.co.uk

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EDITORIAL

Dear Members, The last newsletter of 2107, and here we are with more new books and some reminders of those you may have missed. Some of you saw the piece about John Doe by Peter R Stenning in newsletter 39 – I am pleased to feature his first book – Mills, Myths and Memories of Highdown Hill. Two more new books I have published: The Shining Cord of Sheila Kaye-Smith by Shaun Cooper – a biography of a much-loved Sussex writer. The Story of St Mary’s Primary School, Washington by Kevin Newman – several of his books published by Amberley have been featured in past newsletters. For those who dream of living in an old timbered house (or those lucky enough to own one), I recommend 500 Years in an Old House by Peter and Sally Varlow. Lewes in Detail features beautiful drawings by Marietta Van Dyck and Screen Stories by Ruth Thomson features the history of cinemas in Lewes. The Extraordinary Life of AA Milne is a new biography of another loved Sussex writer. Eastbourne & Around is packed with never before published of the town. Alex Askaroff is here – yet again. Two new railway books – Southern Railway Gallery and The Bluebell Railway. And more nostalgia – Chichester Pubs by David Muggleton and Secret Rye and Around by Terry Philpot. And finally – My Marten Family in Sussex: Yeoman Farmers and General Baptists 1711-1830 by Dr Annette Rose. Welcome to a new Sussex writer! The interest of her first book extends beyond the Martens and Baptists as her family had connections with many fanous plaes in the county – Old Ditchling Meeting House; Franklands Farm, Keymer; Itford Farmhouse; Exceat Farm, West Dean; Beddingham; Kingston, near Lewes; Little Horsted; Southover and finally, Charleston Farm, West Firle!

Happy reading and best wishes for 2018,

Dick Richardson

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NEW BOOK

THE STORY OF ST MARY’S PRIMARY SCHOOL, WASHINGTON KEVIN NEWMAN

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Country Books paperback 235 x 165mm 72 pages £10.00

The story of this West Sussex village school from its foundation in 1867. Contents: the school in 1867: leaving: fun and games: behaviour: wartimes: learning: teaching and other staff: some successful students. 75 B&W photos, 2 maps and 2 plans. 12 colour photos. All proceeds from the sale of this book are to be donated to the school

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IN AN OLD HOUSE NEW

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The 500-year history of a Sussex yeomanʼs farmstead and its people PETER & SALLY VARLOW Pomegranate Press full colour hardback 266mm x 199mm 320 pages; over 450 photographs, drawings and maps £30

In An Old House tells the story of the first 500 years of Coppardʼs, a timber-framed hall house built in 1473, and its people. The authors have written this stylish, engaging, and thoroughly researched book for all who live in an old house and want to know what life was like for previous owners over the centuries. Local historians Sally and Peter Varlow have made the book easy to dip into, with many illustrations and explanatory panels. But this extensive and scholarly work is also fully referenced, with an extensive bibliography and index, and will be equally valuable for all students of vernacular architecture, local history and the English yeoman farmer. From pre-Roman times to the 20TH century, In An Old House follows the landscape, social, religious and architectural changes of the house and the village of Chailey. It is the result of six years of meticulous research by Peter and Sally into the history of Coppardʼs, the substantial home of a status-conscious yeoman, the first of the new middle classes to emerge from Englandʼs feudal society. Not only does the book tell the fascinating story of the early Coppard family, notable in Sussex, their house and the surrounding area, but it also represents meticulous timber measurements and estimations of how many oak trees went into the house. It will fascinate everyone who lives in one of the many thousands of traditional timber-framed houses in the South East. SUSSEX BOOK CLUB · COURTYARD COTTAGE · LITTLE LONGSTONE · BAKEWELL · DERBYSHIRE DE45 1NN


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AMBERLEY Folk Song Club George and Dragon, Houghton, BN18 9LW. 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month.

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CHICHESTER Folk Song Club Every Monday at The Chichester Inn. HORSHAM Folk Song Club The Normandy Centre, Denne Road. Every Sunday. PETWORTH Oona Campbell: Recent Paintings Moncrieff-Bray Gallery 30 September – 21 October.

PULBOROUGH Festival of Fungi RSPB Pulborough Brooks, Wiggonholt, Pulborough, West Sussex, Rh20 2EL 4 October – 1 October. Tel: 01798 875851. Come along and explore the wooded heath in search of faiytale like fungi.

DEVIL’S DYKE Baking al fresco at Saddlescombe Farm 9 & 23 October, 6 & 20 November, 4 December. Tel: 01273 857981. Learn how to bake seasonal goodies al fresco in a clay oven the old fashioned way, SINGLETON Autumn Countryside Show Weald & Downland Museum 7-8 October,

BURGESS HILL Weald of Sussex Art Exhibition The Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN. 11-14 October. WORTHING CAMRA Beer Festival Assembly Hall, Central Worthing 20-21 October.

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PETWORTH HOUSE AND PARK Behind the Scenes Tours 24, 26 & 31 October & 2 November. Discover some of Petworth’s hidden gems. Tel: 01798 342207.

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PETWORTH Literary Festival 4-8 November. Tel: 01798 344576.

ARDINGLY Winter Fair South of England Showground, Ardingly West Sussex RH17 6TL. 25-26 November. Tel: 01444 892700. GRAFFHAM St Giles Christmas Fair Empire Hall, Graffham. 2 December.

MIDHURST Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show Rother College, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9DT. 2/3 December. Tel: 01273 479565.

COLEMAN’S HATCH Ashdown Forest Morris Men. The Hatch Inn TN7 4EJ 26 December 1pm.

SOMPTING Steyning Tipteers (Mummers) Play Chantonbury Ring Morris Men Marquis of Granby 26 December at 11am. WASHINGTON Steyning Tipteers (Mummers) Play Chantonbury Ring Morris Men Frankland Arms 26 December at 12.30pm.

HADLOW DOWN Ashdown Forest Morris Men. The New Inn. 1 January 2018. 1pm.

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LEWES IN DETAIL: An artistʼs view

MARIETTA VAN DYCK Pomegranate Press paperback 210 x 148mm 42 pages of line drawings, with map £5.00

To mark the thirtieth anniversary of her moving to Lewes, and almost twenty years since the publication of her first highly popular book Hidden Lewes, Marietta Van Dyck introduces a second published collection of the vivid pen and ink drawings she has regularly contributed to the ʻEye for Detailʼ series in the bimonthly Lewes News. Here, once again, are the often tucked away features which even long-time residents of the county town are likely to miss – subtle decorations above head-height, curious designs, intricate stone carvings, plaques, bargeboards, wrought iron brackets, leaded lights and door knockers.

Aided by a map at the back of the book, a keen reader is promised hours of visual appreciation along the town's highways and twisting byways, each drawing accompanied by carefully researched historical vignettes.

SCREEN STORIES: LEWES GOES TO THE PICTURES RUTH THOMSON Lewes History Group paperback 210 x 148mm £10.50 96 pages 78 photos and illustrations

The building of Depot, Lewes’ new cinema, was the original catalyst for Screen Stories. Reel Lewes, a group of Lewes-based film professionals and researchers led by Ruth Thomson, has spent two years investigating the history of the three previous cinemas in the town: the County Theatre (Watergate Lane), Cinema de Luxe (School Hill) and the Odeon (Cliffe), which operated from 1910 to 1971. The team recorded what Lewesians remember about cinemagoing in the past. While not intended to be a comprehensive history of Lewes cinemas, Screen Stories does vividly bring to life the importance of film and cinema, both in the life of the town and in the lives of its residents. Contents: Cinema de Luxe (1913-1963); Lewes Odeon (1934-1971); Wartime warmth, wonder and weapons (1939-1945); Cartoons, cowboys, cliffhangers and chaos (1936-1960s); going to the pictures post-war (1946-1960s); decline, demise and demolition (1963-1971); a hunger for the big screen (1970s– the present day). All proceeds from the sale of this book go to The Lewes History Group SUSSEX BOOK CLUB · COURTYARD COTTAGE · LITTLE LONGSTONE · BAKEWELL · DERBYSHIRE DE45 1NN


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THE GODDESS: A DEMON

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RICHARD MARSH With a new introduction on the author by SHAUN COOPER Country Books paperback 198 x 129mm 256 pages 3 B&W photos ÂŁ9.99

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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THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF AA MILNE NADIA COHEN Pen and Sword Books hardback 234 x 156mm £19.99 184 pages 32 illustrations [Published November 30TH 2017] Very few authors can ever dream of coming close to the legacy left by AA Milne. He remains a household name in almost every corner of the globe thanks to a phenomenally popular collection of whimsical children’s stories about a boy named Christopher Robin and his beloved teddy bear. Generations of children have grown up loving the tales of Winnie The Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, which are still among the most popular – and profitable – fictional characters in the world. But while the adorable poems and stories have brought unparalleled joy to millions, Alan Alexander Milne, himself was never able to enjoy the fame and fortune they brought him. He died deeply resenting Pooh’s success, as far as he was concerned those stories were just such a tiny fraction of his literary work, but nothing else he produced came close in terms of public appreciation. Milne died still unable to reconcile the fact that no matter what else he wrote, regardless of all the plays and stories for adults he had published, he would always be remembered as a children’s storyteller. And his son, widely hailed as the inspiration for the adorable character of Christopher Robin, could never accept his unique place in literary history either. He had barely reached his teens before he grew to loathe his famous father, who he bitterly accused of exploiting his early years. The Extraordinary Life of AA Milne delves deep into the life of Milne and sheds light on new places, and tells stories untold. SUSSEX BOOK CLUB · COURTYARD COTTAGE · LITTLE LONGSTONE · BAKEWELL · DERBYSHIRE DE45 1NN


HISTORIC ENGLAND: EASTBOURNE & AROUND NEW

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UNIQUE IMAGES FROM THE ARCHIVES OF HISTORIC ENGLAND

KEVIN GORDON & HISTORIC ENGLAND Amberley Publishing paperback 234 x 165mm £14.99 96 pages 160 colour & B&W illustrations

This illustrated history portrays one of Englandʼs finest seaside towns. It provides a nostalgic look at Eastbourneʼs past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. The photographs are taken from the unique Historic England Archive, the nationʼs record of 12 million photographs, drawings and publications, ranging from the 1850s and the earliest days of photography up to the present day. Historic England: Eastbourne shows the town as it once was, from its streets and squares to its parks and promenades. It remains a genteel resort with none of the glitz, glamour and ʻkiss-mequicknessʼ of other seaside towns; even today there are no shops or amusement arcades along the seafront. This book provides a nostalgic trip through time and shows that Eastbourne is still the ʻEmpress of the Southʼ.

THE AUTHOR

Kevin Gordon is a retired police officer who has a lifelong interest in Sussex History. He is the author of several Eastbourne and Seaford history books and has contributed many items for local newspapers. Kevin is a trustee of Seaford Museum and the Chairman of the Alfriston & Cuckmere Valley Historic Society. In 2016 he was appointed as the Honorary Historian for Seaford Town Council. He has been a volunteer at Seaford Museum for 20 years and maintains their Facebook page.

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GLORY DAYS ALEX

ASKAROFF

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.

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ARE WRITERS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES? Not according to one of our most successful authors, Alex Askaroff, who has just released his latest book, GLORY DAYS. “It’s a funny thing,” Alex tells us, “my stories are so local and yet the books sell from Alaska to Australia. There are some wonderful writers out there like Bill Bryson but my advantage is writing about the area in which I was born, from the news-agents where I buy my daily paper to the baker, fisherman and butcher, their characters fill the pages of my books.” GLORY DAYS is crammed with all the usual suspects, from local celebrities to forgotten spies, the Lord of the Manor to our serving MP. They’re all centered around Alex’s daily job as a travelling sewing machine repair man (a unique trade in itself). Even his YouTube videos are causing quite a stir; earlier this year a film crew followed him on his daily routine to film ‘a day in the life’ style documentary.

GLORY DAYS may just be the perfect Christmas present for that ‘hard to buy’ person

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SOUTHERN RAILWAY GALLERY NEW

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A PICTORIAL JOURNEY THROUGH TIME Pen and Sword Books hardback 282 x 216mm £25.00 120 pages 200 B&W illustrations (many rare unpublished) [Published November 30TH 2017]

Southern Railway Gallery is the first volume in a new series of picture books, designed to be of interest to railway historians and modellers. The series subjects are themed to include an interesting mixture of useful historic illustrations, depicting locomotives, rolling stock and infrastructure. Southern Railway Gallery covers the history of the Southern Railway from its beginings in 1923, to nationalisation in 1948, covering most aspects of its fascinating history and operations. The book looks at aspects of the Southern from the early years in the early 1920s, when the company had old worn-out stock on many of its lines, through to the introduction of new modern rolling stock and the electrification of much of its network in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and parts of Hampshire. The company operated an extensive rail and bus network on the Isle of Wight, which covered the whole island and is well remembered to this day. Although the Southern introduced a number of modern new steam classes, its main goal was to electrify as much of the network as possible, however this did not preclude the company from introducing two classes of successful Pacific type locomotives in the 1940s. The company owned and operated docks and harbours throughout its existence, having an extensive fleet of ferries and cargo vessels, some of which served with the Royal Navy in the Second World War as hospital ships. The Southern, also operated bus and road services, which covered many areas not served by a local railway station on the system. The Southern Railway ceased to exist at midnight on 31 December 1947, after a remarkable existence of twenty-four years. SUSSEX BOOK CLUB · COURTYARD COTTAGE · LITTLE LONGSTONE · BAKEWELL · DERBYSHIRE DE45 1NN


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EASTBOURNE TOWNER ART GALLERY Art Store Tour: Guided by one of Towner's knowledgeable gallery team, you will learn about the story of Towner’s impressive art collection, from the original Victorian bequest to recent acquisitions of works by contemporary artists. Sunday 1st October 2:00pm –1:00pm Sunday 15th October 12:00pm –1:00pm Sunday 29th October 12:00pm –1:00pm Sunday 12th November 2:00pm –1:00pm Sunday 26th November 2:00pm –1:00pm Sunday 10th December 2:00pm –1:00pm Sunday 24th December 2:00pm –1:00pm Open Ended: A monthly exploration of Towner's collection and exhibitions designed to support those with dementia and memory loss. Tuesday 3rd October 10.00am – 12.00pm Tuesday 7th November 10:00am –12:00pm Tuesday 5th December 10:00am –12:00pm EASTBOURNE Beer Festival Thursday 5th October 6:00pm –11:00pm Winter Gardens, 14 Compton, St,

BRIGHTON Introducing the Lute Sunday 22nd October 2:30pm – 5:30pm The Rose Hill Arts Hub, 70-71 Rose Hill Terrace, Brighton, BN1 4JL Toby Carr provides a chance for guitarists of all genres to have a go at the lute and its massive big brother the Theorbo.

BRIGHTON Early Music Festival Friday 27th October – Sunday 12th November various venues, BN1 4GP The UK's most exciting and innovative early music event. Tel: 01273 833476.

LEWES Bonfire Celebrations Saturday 4th November.

BRIGHTON Veteran Car Run London to Brighton Sunday 5th November. www.sussexbooks.co.uk

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BRIGHTON Lion’s Firework Display Sunday 5th November 6pm – 8.30pm Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton BN2 9XZ

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ICKLESHAM Bonfire Celebrations Robin Hood. Sunday 5th November.

ISFIELD AND LITTLE HORSTED Bonfire Celebrations 10th November.

RYE Bonfire Celebrations 11th Novmber.

EAST HOATHLY Bonfire Celebrations 11th Novmber. CHAILEY Bonfire Celebrations 11th Novmber.

SOUTH HEIGHTON Bonfire Celebrations 11th Novmber.

SHOREHAM-BY-SEA Dick Whittington Christmas Panto 13th December–Sunday 31st December. Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG Tel: 01273 464440.

HASTINGS Sleeping Beauty Christmas Panto White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1JX. From Friday 15th December. For more dates Tel: 01424 462288. HERSTMONCEUX CASTLE Carols at the Castle Herstmonceux Castle, BN27 1RN Sunday 17th December 2:30pm – 5:00pm. Tel: 01323 833816. EASTBOURNE Music and Arts Festival 70 Kings Avenue, BN21 2PD 10th February – 18th February 2018.

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NEW

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THE BLUEBELL RAILWAY

David Christie offers up thirty years of wonderful photos of the Bluebell Railway.

DAVID CHRISTIE Amberley paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages £14.99 180 illustrations

The Bluebell Railway was the premier preserved line in the thirty-year period covered in this book. Busy as he was with recording working BR’s team in the mid-sixties, David Christie’s first visit to the line was by train in 1964 and then from 1967 more frequently by car, with a total of eighteen trips. The greater proportion of these were in the period 1969-72 when the line was usually worked by tank engines and nothing larger than the ‘Duke dog’ 4-4-0. The later, more infrequent visits witnessed a change from the ‘sleepy branch line’ image to more of a ‘cross-country’ feel, using longer trains with larger locomotives.

With an array of incredible unpublished photography covering the heyday of this iconic line, from 1964 to 1993, the author offers a nostalgic and brilliantly evocative record of this wonderful period in the life of the Bluebell Railway.

THE AUTHOR Born in Romford, Essex, in 1943, David Christie began photographing transport in 1962 when he decided to capture the final days of steam on Britain’s rail network. He also recorded buses, especially around London, before moving to Scotland, where he still lives today. SUSSEX BOOK CLUB · COURTYARD COTTAGE · LITTLE LONGSTONE · BAKEWELL · DERBYSHIRE DE45 1NN


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THE CHURCH GALLERY MINSTRELS OF OLD SUSSEX REV. K. H. MACDERMOTT Country Books paperback 210 x 148mm 128 pages £14.50 Black and white photographs FREE CD with thirteen traditional Sussex village carols

This book was first privately published by the Rev. K. H. MacDermott in 1922 as SUSSEX CHURCH MUSIC IN THE PAST and printed by Moore & Wingham of Chichester. He was rector of Selsey in West Sussex, and as a young man, he had met and corresponded with gallery musicians born in the 18th century. Here is an account of the old Singers and Minstrels, the Bands, Psalmodies and Hymn-books of Sussex Churches from the end of the 17th Century to the latter half of the 19th Century. There is an appendix on the author’s collection in Lewes at the Barbican House Museum. The FREE CD features thirteen traditional Sussex carols performed by ‘Hope in the Valley’ recorded in 1983 and are listed below.

1. THE DITCHLING CAROL Music by Peter Parsons, shoemaker of Ditchling, who died in 1901 aged 76.

2. HORSHAM TIPTEERS’ CAROL Arranged by Vic Gammon. Sung by mummers in the neighbourhood of Horsham 1878-81.

3. THEN LET US BE MERRY From a manuscript written by William Harris, the blacksmith of Rodmell, 1842. 4. THE SINNER’S REDEMPTION Arranged by Vic Gammon. From the singing of William Lanning, Terwick, 1911.

5. BLOW YE THE TRUMPETS From John Bailey of Ringmer’s manuscript book, started 1833.

6. HARK, HARK WHAT NEWS Sam Willet, ‘the singing baker of Cuckfield’ communicated this to Lucy Broadwood in 1901.

7. THE FALMER CAROL Communicated by Fred Jones to MacDermott.

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8. ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT ALL CHRISTIANS SING Arranged by Vic Gammon. Tune from Mrs Cranston of Billingshurst, 1907. Text from George Night of Horsham and Mrs Verral of Monksgate.

9. THE COMTON TIPTEERS’S CAROL Arranged by Vic Gammon. From The Wonderful Weald by Arthur Beckett.

10. THE BURWASH CAROL FOR CHRISTMAS DAY Claimed for John Fleming by his grand-children, and still sung by old men in 1932. 11. WAKE YE SHEPHERDS From the manuscript of William Voice of Handcross.

12. COME ALL YE WORTHY CHRISTIAN MEN Arranged by Vic Gammon. From the singing of Henry Hills of Lodsworth. 13. SHEPHERDS ARISE From the singing of the Copper family of Rottingdean.

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REMINDERS

CAUTIONARY PILGRIM: WALKING BACKWARDS WITH BELLOC written and illustrated by NICK FLINT Country Books paperback 234 x 156mm 82 pages £8.50

Nick Flint is Sussex born and bred, having lived half his life in the East and half in the West of the County. A parish priest in the Church of England for 25 years he is married with one daughter. During the course of writing Cautionary Pilgrim he discovered he is distantly related to Mad Jack Fuller. He believes he is the first literary rector in his village since his predecessor in 1919 wrote Five Years’ Hell in a Country Parish. ʻThe book has an extraordinary atmosphereʼ JOHN BIRD Satirist and Comedian from TVʼs Bremner, Bird and Fortune ʻA work of engaging wit and styleʼ CHRISTOPHER WINN Author of the I Never Knew That... books, now a TV series. ʻSoaked in the lore and animated by the Spirit of Bellocʼ MALCOLM GUITE

Author of Faith Hope and Poetry, and Sounding the Seasons ʻAn affectionate travelogue, punctuated with delightful drawingsʼ NICHOLAS FRAYLING Dean Emeritus of Chichester Cathedral

AMY SAWYER OF DITCHLING A forgetten talent – but she was a woman! ARTIST, ECCENTRIC AND LADY OF LETTERS ANNE PARFITT-KING

Country Books paperback 245 x 170mm 186 pages £15.00 36 colour and 65 black and white illustrations

Amy Sawyer was a prolific and unusual Victorian artist, with an interest in folk tales, witches and faeries. She exhibited at the Royal Academy many times and at many other galleries. Today, she is an almost forgotten artist, but her Sussex Village Plays, written while living in the small village of Ditchling, are still remembered by the older residents. She is also recorded in the histories of her friends; Eric Gill, Edward Johnston, the Sinden family and Joanna and Hillary Bourne, who founded Ditchling Museum. In her last ten years, in the letters to her sister in Australia, she describes with wit and asperity life in the village. SUSSEX BOOK CLUB · COURTYARD COTTAGE · LITTLE LONGSTONE · BAKEWELL · DERBYSHIRE DE45 1NN


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MY MARTEN FAMILY IN SUSSEX

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GENERAL BAPTISTS 1711

DR ANNETTE ROSE

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Paperback published by author 230 x 170mm £10.00 54 pages 35 colour pictures and a map

A wonderful book from a new Sussex author. The interest of her first book extends beyond the Martens and Baptists as her family had connections with many famous places in the county – Old Ditchling Meeting House; Franklands Farm, Keymer; Itford Farmhouse; Exceat Farm, West Dean; Beddingham; Kingston, near Lewes; Little Horsted; Southover and finally, Charleston Farm, West Firle!

THE AUTHOR Annette Rose was born and brought up in Sussex. She was told that her father, Frank Marten, was “pure Sussex” but the family had little knowledge of the Marten ancestors beyond Frankʼs grandfather William Marten (26TH December 1845 – 8TH May 1915), of the Maypole Inn, High Hurstwood, Sussex. Annette has an M.A. in Education and a PhD. in Family History and Connected Places. She retired from teaching in 2001 and her mother passed away the following year, 2002, leaving many unidentified photographs and documents from the past. Annette then found that she was able to confirm the story of her father being “pure Sussex”, by following the lives of both sides of her paternal family back into 16TH century Sussex. In this little book she has written about her Marten ancestors who lived in Sussex during the 18TH and the early 19TH centuries. Annette now lives with her husband, John, in Bournemouth, Dorset.

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SECRET RYE & AROUND

Explore the secret history of Rye through a fascinating selection of stories, facts and photographs.

TERRY PHILPOT

Amberley Publishing paperback 234 x 165mm £14.99 96 pages 100 illustrations

The East Sussex town of Rye has deep historical roots and its ancient streets hide many secrets. Author Terry Philpott takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the town’s past, unearthing tales of intrigue and grisly goings-on as he reveals the murkier side of Rye’s heritage. Along the way we are introduced to the great, the good and the bad, and the famous and infamous characters who have all played a part in its lore and legends. From tales of notorious smuggling gangs in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the local fishing fleet’s vital role in rescuing the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk, Secret Rye delves beneath the surface of this old trading port, revealing a lesser-known and less savoury past that even most local people don’t know.

CHICHESTER PUBS DAVID MUGGLETON Amberley Publishing paperback 234 x 165mm £14.99 96 pages 100 illustrations

A fascinating tour of Chichesterʼs pub scene, charting the townʼs taverns, alehouses and watering holes, from past centuries to more recent times. Chichester derives its name from the Saxon ʻCisseceasterʼ, although it retains its street plan and city walls from its origins as the Roman

settlement of ʻNoviomagusʼ. As the principal trading town of West Sussex, many inns and taverns were established here at an early date, particularly those offering hospitality for pilgrims travelling to the thirteenth century shine of St Richard in the Cathedral. Of nearly all the ancient inns, such as the Tabard of 1440, nothing survives except names in old documents. Most of the less salubrious pubs had their licenses revoked forever in the infamous ʻMassacre of 1903ʼ, while further, more lamentable losses occurred in the early 1960s in the name of ʻslum-clearanceʼ.

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THE SHINING CORD OF SHEILA KAYE-SMITH SHAUN COOPER Country Books paperback 210 x 148mm £12.50 214 pages 13 col and 3 B&W pictures Sheila Kaye-Smith 1887-1956 Sheila Kaye-Smith was a Sussex writer. She wrote more than 30 novels, most of them set in that county, and some in Kent, and she also wrote short stories, poetry, articles, and non-fiction books. One of her most popular novels was made into a film. This new biography about her contains a lot of original research, as well as excerpts from book reviews, articles, interviews, and other sources. Highlights will undoubtedly be the quotes from and plot descriptions of two unfinished novels; details about some of her lesser known stories, as well as the sections about Baa, Trimmer and Pearl, Platnix, The Lodge, Old Gadgett, City Red, The Fairy Housemaid, The Little Flower, the gleams, and, of course, the Shining Cord. Extras: Picture Gallery (in full colour), Production Notes, and Easter Eggs. SUSSEX BOOK CLUB · COURTYARD COTTAGE · LITTLE LONGSTONE · BAKEWELL · DERBYSHIRE DE45 1NN

Sussex Book Club Autumn/Winter 2017 Newsletter 40  

Sussex Book Club Autumn/Winter 2017 Newsletter number 40, for Sussex Book Club members, specialist in Sussex County books