The People of Beeding and Bramber in the Great War

Beeding and Bramber in the Great War
Just published and available at £12 from local bookstores (including Steyning Bookshop, Henfield Museum, Steyning Museum and Beeding Newsagents). Diligent students of local government in Sussex will know that the Parish of Upper Beeding includes Edburton. This book thus covers all those listed on the Edburton & Fulking WWI memorial at St. Andrew’s and includes interesting biographical material on James Baker, Samuel Baker, William Baker, Charles Baldey, Arthur W. Brown, James E. Lucas, Elias Luff, Charles E. Sheppard and Richard Wearn.

Southwick Roman Villa

Uncovering the history  of Southwick's lost Roman villa
A talk by Jeffrey Leigh to Beeding & Bramber Local History Society at 7:45pm in Upper Beeding Village Hall on Wednesday 4th May.

The villa waa probably built in the first century AD, some 50 years after the Romans first arrived and was palatial in size, the second largest villa in Sussex. As such, it would have been the centre of a large and important estate. The site was lost until the 19th century when people found coins and pottery in what was then a market garden. The first excavation followed in 1845. The site was excavated again in the 1930s and then donated to the Sussex Archaeological Trust in 1932 by an anonymous benefactor. Subsequently, Manor Hall Road was driven through part of it. Nowadays, the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre has a permanent exhibition about the villa’s history and about the various efforts to excavate the site.

The Royal Sussex at Gallipoli 1915

Royal Sussex Regiment
Matthew Jones, Assistant County Archivist at the West Sussex Record Office in Chichester, will talk about the Royal Sussex Regiment’s role at Gallipoli, using photographs, letters, posters, diaries, and regimental records held by the Record Office. Beeding & Bramber Local History Society at 7:45 pm on Wednesday 6th April in Upper Beeding Village Hall (there’s a car park immediately opposite).

Local Scratch Dials

A talk by Gerald Gazdar to Beeding & Bramber Local History Society at 8:30pm on Wednesday 2nd March in Upper Beeding Village Hall (there’s a car park immediately opposite).

Scratch dials (aka ‘mass clocks’) are primitive medieval sundials to be found on some of the oldest buildings in the country, mostly churches. Quite a number are located in the area around Beeding and Bramber: they can be found at Botolphs, Coombes, New Shoreham, Old Shoreham, Kingston Buci, Southwick, Lancing, Hangleton Manor and Old Erringham Chapel. St. Andrew’s in Edburton boasts no fewer than four. The talk will provide a copiously illustrated survey of these archaeological relics.