My 12 year old niece just told me her favourite word was ‘epic’ – which is what I am feeling right now!
Managed to split the latest draft version of our book into manageable chunks and post them as a series of pages on this blog. I even included a couple of images.
It is still very much incomplete. Some parts need updating, some rewriting, more research and background reading is planned, and images need editing and permission obtained to before making them public.
Off to the printers with a draft copy of our book! A History of Newmarket Farm. The book has a fair way to go before it is finished. There is still more research that we want to do, as well as some of our research which has not yet been included. Nevertheless, it has progressed well during the past two years, and at about 180 pages can no longer be called ‘A Short History of Newmarket Farm’.
A number of people have shown an interest in the book – so watch this space – I plan to post draft versions of chapters from the book and other items of interest in the hopes of gaining useful feedback.
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. Overlay of old and new O.S. maps and Google satellite images.