,below on mobileNew this month: Peers of the Public Realm The archivist has received a communication from Sussex Heritage Trust asking for information on the local public realm. If like me you are not familiar with the term, Public Realm, English Heritage states that ‘the public realm relates to all parts of the built environment where the public has free access’. Well that is much clearer now is it not? It turns out that the trust is collecting information on interesting street furniture from old lamp posts and shopfronts to boot scrapers. We set about thinking what Danehill has to offer. We have come up with seven things so far:
the steel place name signs for Chelwood Gate and Danehill which have recently been refurbished
the wooden fingerposts at some road junctions
The beautiful butterfly gate at the Old Forge, Freshfield Lane (photo below)
The milestone from the coaching era at Sheffield Crossroads(photo below and cheating a bit as it is probably in Fletching Parish)
the gates to Aggons, Lamb’s Rough and Willowlands on Tanyard Lane
Cemetery Lychgate (right, below on mobile)
Coach & Horses pub sign
These are the ones we can think of, but there are probably more. If you know of any other items that should be included, please let us know at email@example.com or 740298.
Also this month we haveJill Rolfe’s work on the complexities of getting a fully charged accumulator (lead/acid battery) to keep your wireless operating and on the Natural History frontClive Poole explains why itis important to get up at 5:30am to enjoy the delights of the dawn chorus-you know you want to!
'Butterfly Gate' at the Old Forge in Freshfield Lane. Next time you pass remind yourself of this fine gate which was made at the forge by George Etherton,who was no ordinary smithy and exhibited at Olympia, London. The Milestone at Sheffield Green goes back to the coaching era when Danehill was on the London, Lewes, Brightlingholme route. Lord Sheffield built the Sheffield Arms in 1779 as a shell (now Trading Boundaries) to capitalise on the new passing trade on the turnpike road. The first tenant, John Fletcher had to fit out the building, build a mounting block and this very grand milestone. Trade must have been poor because by by 1781 he was bankrupt and the next tenant, Edward Hook was gone by 1782.
Oral History from Jill Rolfe. Diverse content from When Elephants came to town to Scouting. All discovered from interviews with long standing residents.
VE Day. From the Archive a Few Photographs of VE Day Celebrations and an audio reminiscence by Hylda Rawlings, 102 years. Click here.
Danehill Parish Historical Society was founded in 1972 with our first president being Dame Margery Corbett Ashby DBE (pictured in 1923).
The objectives of the society are to promote interest in, and the study of local history in particular, or any other historical matter of interest, bringing together local residents or other people to share and enjoy a range of social and informal activities.
The Society is a member of:-
British Association for Local History
Friends of The East Sussex Record Office
The Sussex Archaeological Society
Danehill Recruits who joined the Royal Sussex Regiment, 1914