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NLHG Newsletter Archive







April  2016


Trug Making: An interesting talk from Sarah Page about the craft of Sussex Trug making in the local area. Many people who took part in our oral history project a few years ago had memories of working at the Truggery just outside Herstmonceux (either themselves or their relatives). It was an important trade here in this part of Sussex during the early 20th century.


Forthcoming meetings: 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall unless stated otherwise

April 21st                 AGM and Quiz Night 8pm start due to beacon event

May 1                      Sussex Graveyards and Gravestones by Kevin Gordon

June 16th                Northeye Medieval Village by Leah Fusco

July 21st                 Windmill Hill Windmill by Bee Frost

August                    No meeting, maybe a group outing?

September             Shepherds of the South Downs by Ian Everest

October                  tba

November              Inside Lewes Prison by Barry Wilkinson


Other Local Events


Bexhill Museum Lecture: Wed, 6 April, 14:30 – 16:30, St Augustines Hall, Cooden Drive, Bexhill

'Shopping - a light -hearted look at the small shop through the ages' by Dr Janet Pennington. £3 museum members, £4 visitors, including refreshments

At the Redoubt: For Hearth, Home and Honour?

A new exhibition for  2016 between 21st March and 13th November. Be moved and inspired by their stories as Eastbourne learns the Reality of War. Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 7AQ, Tel: 01323 410300.


Follow Up on Castle Croft (Rat’s Castle)

H.A.A.R.G Joint Field Officer’s Report 2015 Castle Croft, Little Standard Hill Farm

"The society’s autumn excavation was conducted between 3rd - 16th October following a successful application to Natural England for a Derogation Licence. A number of features identified during previous Magnetometer, Resistivity and Topographic surveys were. There is a demolished building on the Croft and a ‘ladder settlement’ to the north-west. A substantial quantity of partially fired clay and tiles plus red 'dust' to a depth of up to 1.2m in places was identified on the adjoining field. Casper Johnson visited the site on the final day and confirmed that we were excavating a series of very badly damaged RB (Romano-British) tile kilns. This was the most successful excavation we have conducted for a number of years."From Jan C.


The Windmill at Windmill Hill

The restoration project to install a fully working mechanism in the mill is now completed. For the first time in 120 years they are able to grind wheat to make flour using the power of the wind.


The Mill dates from about 1814 and was built on the site previously occupied by an earlier mill. It is a post mill of traditional Sussex design with a brick roundhouse at the base. It is turned to face the wind by hand.

The windmill machinery included one pair of French Burr stones and one pair of Derbyshire Peak stones and was worked in this form as a corn mill. In the 1890s the structure had deteriorated and the sweeps were removed. The mill continued to run using a coal powered steam engine. The mill had stopped working completely by 1914.

The structure changed hands several times but very little maintenance work was carried out.

The Windmill Hill Windmill Trust was set up in 1996 with the aim of restoring the mill from its dilapidated state. They submitted a detailed proposal to the Heritage Lottery Fund in January 2001and in December 2001 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant of £577,000 towards the total cost of £770,000 for the restoration of the Windmill at. This remains the biggest-ever grant given by the Heritage Lottery Fund in the UK for the restoration of an individual windmill. A second grant from the HLF has allowed the restoration of the machinery to full working order.



Group Contacts:

Rod Ffoulkes (Chair)  Tel: 893635, Janice Wood (Secretary) & Martin Wood (Treasurer) Tel: 892895,   Corinne Gibbons (Membership) Tel: 892612, Jan Cooper (Archivist)  Tel: 893381, Liz Darbyshire Tel: 893575, Janet Savage Tel: 892749, John Cheshire (Newsletter)  Tel: 892248.