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Over the worst! With the clocks changing this month and plenty of spring flowers appearing we are hopefully leaving the winter behind. There is a varied program of talks coming up over the next few months but finding speakers does take quite a lot of research and time. If you know of anyone who would be able to give us a talk on a local and/or historical theme, please let me know.
Forthcoming Meetings: 7.30 in the Methodist Hall unless stated otherwise
March 19th Jack and Jill Windmills by Paul Barker
April 16th AGMThe History of the Brede Giants by Barbara Atkinson
May 21st More Tales from the Registrar’s Office Carol Holland
June 18th The History of Herstmonceux Castle by Melinda Stone
July 16th The Sporting History of Sussex Matt Homewood
August No meeting
Visit us in the Sparke Pavilion every Monday morning 10 to 12
Visit our Website: http://ninfieldhistorygroup.org/
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150 Years of Methodism: The Ninfield Methodist Chapel will be celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2021. There will be lots of events to mark this milestone and the Chapel are collecting memories and photos to put into a commemorative booklet. Our group has some material but if you or your family have items of interest please contact us.
Annual General Meeting: Hope to see you at the AGM this year where we will be voting to change our regular meeting date from the 3rd Thursday to the 2nd Thursday of the month. Once again I am asking for someone to take over production of the newsletter. Currently this is bi monthly but we could consider quarterly if that helps. There would be plenty of support available so if this is of interest please contact John.
Church Wood: This section of ancient woodland in close proximity to St. Mary’s Church is thought to date back to the pre Roman era. We know it was part of the Moor Hall estate when that was a medieval manor. Nowadays the wood is a beautiful and tranquil community owned asset and the Parish Council are in the process of registering the wood as a Local Nature Reserve. Over the next month or two there will be detailed surveys of the fauna and flora living there to record the current level of diversity.
The Village of Northeye:
The remains of the medieval village of Northeye were pinpointed from aerial photographs of the Hooe Levels and are classified as an ancient monument. Indentation marks left by walls and buildings could been seen on a raised area of land some way south of the A259. The name “eye” is Anglo Saxon for island or land by water and even today the ground here stands markedly higher that the surrounding area.
The whole area was salt marsh which was excellent grazing land for sheep and it is believed that salt production was an important industry as far back as Roman times. Waller’s Haven would have been a navigable trade route to the open sea. In 2009 a geological survey by Oxford Archaeology found evidence of several jetties at the edge of the village and several mounds around the site which tends to support the theory of salt production.
The site was excavated in 1939 and again in 1952 and flint walling was uncovered in addition to fragments of roofing slate and medieval pottery. At the centre of the site is where the Chapel of St. James is believed to have stood. The Chapel was founded in 1262 and the remains of the building could be seen as late as the 1850s. The field where the remains are sited is still known as Chapel Field. Northeye was recorded as a dependent of the Cinq Port of Hastings in 1229 which also suggests a maritime heritage.
It is thought that the village was deserted around 1400 and this could have been for a variety of reasons including the Black Death, silting up of the tributaries and a series of severe storms in the late 1300s.
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