This Month: A Windmill in Danehill? Should you take a look at the 1841 Tithe map of Fletching, where All Saints now stands there is just a field called Windmill Field. This was an apt name at the time as there was a windmill in the field. The windmill was in existence by 1820. According to the Sussex Mills Group the mill was secondhand having begun life at Rottingdean. It was dismantled and re-erected in Danehill, but exactly where it stood is unclear. The Sussex Mills Group have a sketch plan, dated June 17 1935 which was drawn by H E S Simmons who was an authority on English mills at the time. His collection of records is now held by the Science Museum, South Kensington. The sketch plan places the mill in what is now the garden of a house to the west of All Saints (see aerial view). We don’t know what evidence Mr Simmons had for this garden as the site. Hylda Rawlings has researched the windmill and written an interesting article giving greater detail and explaining why the windmill no longer exists. Click here to open PDF. Also this month we haveJill Rolfe’s work on the Corner Shop and on the Natural History front take a look at the wildflowers in All Saints churchyard and the burial ground.
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