Upcoming Events

Here I am making public the dates of my forthcoming volunteer dig days! The next three days are:

Location When Summary Description
Bridge Cottage February 28, 2017 at 10:00 am – 3:00 pm WW1 & WW2 Community Event, Bridge Cottage, Uckfield A community event exploring life for Uckfield and district people during World War 1&2. Come and see personal stories, artefacts and memorabilia on display and walk in the shoes of our ancestors for an immersive experience of local life during the period. Geoff Bridger – Great War Historian – will run a help desk to…
Bridge Cottage March 1, 2017 at 10:00 am – 3:00 pm WW1 & WW2 Community Event, Bridge Cottage, Uckfield A community event exploring life for Uckfield and district people during World War 1&2. Come and see personal stories, artefacts and memorabilia on display and walk in the shoes of our ancestors for an immersive experience of local life during the period. Geoff Bridger – Great War Historian – will run a help desk to…
Bridge Cottage March 2, 2017 at 10:00 am – 3:00 pm WW1 & WW2 Community Event, Bridge Cottage, Uckfield A community event exploring life for Uckfield and district people during World War 1&2. Come and see personal stories, artefacts and memorabilia on display and walk in the shoes of our ancestors for an immersive experience of local life during the period. Geoff Bridger – Great War Historian – will run a help desk to…

We work on site every Friday and Sunday, 10am-4pm, from April to December 2013. Volunteers and other visitors are most welcome. We meet at the Falmer Road Car Park, Woodingdean (just N of the junction with Bexhill Rd) but please contact me beforehand in case we have to cancel for any reason.

David Cuthbertson: scienceinthegreen@yahoo.co.uk

Welcome to Newmarket Hill – a South Down Blog!

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Two hundred metres above the nearby English Channel, Newmarket Hill crowns that part of the South Downs which lies between the towns of Brighton to the west and Lewes to the east, and between the villages of Rottingdean to the south and Falmer to the north. It’s top is in the parish of Kingston near Lewes, the village of which is about a mile and half away. However, it is now only about a mile to the north of the relatively modern village of Woodingdean and a mile and a half to the north-west of the deserted medieval hamlet of Balsdean. Its south-eastern slopes form a part of Castle Hill National Nature Reserve which is a site of European importance. This blog is about the history and ecology of its surrounding downland.

Newmarket Farm by Douglas Holland

Newmarket Farm by Douglas Holland.

In April 2013 I managed – as a volunteer for Natural England – a community based excavation of the site of a 19th century farm labourer’s cottage and farmyard called Newmarket Farm, just inside Castle Hill NNR, near the summit of Newmarket Hill. It was built in 1830 and was the birth place of my mother in 1942, shortly before it was requisitioned for military training by the Canadian and other troops stationed in nearby Balsdean and the surrounding area.

Newmarket Farm location

Newmarket Farm location. Overlay of old and new O.S. maps and Google satellite images.

Some Recommended Blog Entries

Some post-dig updates

Talks, related projects & research

David Cuthbertson: scienceinthegreen@gmail.com

Some dates for your diary (best viewed by clicking on ‘Agenda’ tab):