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