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NLHG Newsletter Archive







January 2017














Happy New Year!  


We look forward to a busy but exciting time as our new Local History Resource Centre takes shape in the pavilion. We await news of our grant proposal to Wealden District Council which will, if successful, fund the purchase of suitable storage units and equipment to enable people from the village and further afield to come and study our archives. We will also run small exhibitions and other events here.


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


January 19th 2017                   The Crystal Palace by Ian Gledhill

February 16th                           The Confederation of the Cinque Ports by Malcolm Pratt

March 16th                                Martello Towers (& William Pitt the Younger) by Geoff Hutchinson

April 20th                                   AGMLowther’s Lambs & the Mysteries of Cooden Camp by David Hatherell

May 18th                                   Weald to Walland by Michael Hoad


A Museum Event: 'Life in 19th Century Winchelsea as revealed through inquest evidence' by Malcolm Pratt. Wed, 1 February 2017, 14:30 – 16:30 St Augustines Hall, Cooden Drive, Bexhill £4 per person including refreshments.


Job Vacancies

Very sad news, Liz Darbyshire has decided to step down from the committee. Liz was a founder member and has done a tremendous amount of work for the group over the years including writing excellent publications and being a key person in our work with the school children. I would like to thank her for everything she has contributed. We will need a replacement on the committee so if this is of interest to you please contact Rod.

Also, are you a frustrated journalist or publisher? Would you like to take on the job of writing the newsletter for the History Group? After doing this job for 3 years I am running out of ideas and would like to hand over to someone new (a fresh pair of eyes are needed). We may switch to a quarterly publication to make this easier.

I would be happy to offer support and advice to get the new person up and running or even share the role? Please email or call John if you would like to give it a try.


News from Ninfield


From the Morning Post 26th October 1832:

“A most dreadful murder was committed about noon on Tuesday at Ninfield, seven miles distant from St. Leonard’s. A quantity of smuggled goods were captured on the morning of the day in Pevensey Level, and more being suspected to be concealed, three of the Preventive Service men went in search, but being tired and unsuccessful they repaired to a beer shop and drank too freely. One inflamed with liquor, and disagreeing with his younger mate, instantly shot him dead.”

This story was national news and was also widely reported even overseas as far afield as the Americas.


Below: 2 Items from the Sussex Advertiser dated 14th March 1785


Theft at Standard Hill Farm


Out of the Farm Yard and Sheds adjoining Mr King of Standard Hill, in the Parish of Ninfield, in the County of Sussex, on Monday night the 28th February last. One brood Goose, and all his other kind of fowls, except one. In order to a discovery of who stole the said fowls, I hereby promise a Reward of FIVE GUINEAS over and above the gratuities given by the Society lately established in the Parish of Ninfield for the prosecution of Thieves, to any person who will give information who stole said fowls, so the Offender or Offenders may be apprehended and convicted of the fact.”



An Auction at The Bull’s Head



Extracts are from the British Newspaper Archives


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, Janet Savage Tel: 892749, John Cheshire (Newsletter)  Tel: 892248.