Upcoming Events

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

Location When Summary Description
Central United Reformed Church, 102 Blatchington Road, Hove BN3 3YF, Brighton, United Kingdom April 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Local History Talk - Space and Status: how the Medieval house was used Details: https://www.meetup.com/Brighton-and-Hove-Archaeological-Society/events/236203374/
Unitarian Church, Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton, England, gb, BN1 April 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Archaeology of the South Downs Friday 21st April - BHAS Lecture - The Archaeology of the South Downs - Speaker John Manley - Venue The Unitarian Church, New Road , Brighton - Start time 7-30pm. The South Downs National Park extends from Eastbourne in the east to Winchester in Hampshire. This considerable area contains so many different sites, ranging from…
Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE, United Kingdom June 30, 2017 at 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Brighton & Hove in WWI – Free Event day Free WWI Community history event marking the end of both The Orange Lilies project, and The Boys on the Plaque project marking the Somme centenary, and exploring Brighton & Hove in WWI. Venue: Jubilee Library, Brighton, 11am – 4pm – 30th June 2017 Speakers Introductions by Nicola Benge, The Orange Lilies Project Manager and Clare…

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!


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-east 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, farmyard and barns 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 British and Canadian troops stationed both locally and further afield in SE England.

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

Reports & book

David Cuthbertson: scienceinthegreen@gmail.com

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