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A BOX OF TOYS
An anthology of Lewes writings
Diana Crook

An unusual celebration of fact and fiction, including Daisy Ashford, Jane Austen, William Cobbett, John Evelyn, Eve Garnett, Gideon Mantell, Tom Paine, Thomas Turner and Virginia Woolf.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 124 pages
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Price £7.50

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A DICTIONARY OF THE SUSSEX DIALECT
by Rev WD PARISH

The dictionary was first published in 1875 by the vicar of Selmeston, the Rev WD Parish. He also recorded provincialisms in use in the county at that time. This new edition is augmented by further pieces on the Sussex dialect, traditional recipes, and a mumming play from West Wittering from the writings of EV Lucas, who died in 1938. Illustrated throughout with line drawings of Sussex views made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Frederick L Griggs, ARA.

Paperback 220 x 150mm 192 pages
70 line drawings
2001 Country Books
ISBN 978 1 898941 68 2

Price £7.50

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A LEWES DIARY 1916-1944
Mrs Henry Dudeney
Diana Crook (editor)

Originally published in 1998 A Lewes Diary has become popular both in Lewes and further afield, as it has a universal rather than just a local appeal. A once famous novelist, Mrs Dudeney’s acid comments led to her diaries being kept closed for nearly 40 years. She vividly describes her tragi-comic marriage to the celebrated mathematician Henry Dudeney, her career, her lover and two world wars, as well as her forays into High Society through her friendship with the millionaire politician Sir Philip Sassoon.

The passage of time has allowed this new edition to give previously withheld information on Mrs Dudeney’s lover, a Sussex artist, as well as intriguing gossip concerning a clergyman and an amateur actress.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 96 pages
Diana Crook
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Price £9.99

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A SOUTHDOWN FARM IN THE 1860's
by Maude Robinson of Saddlescombe

Maude Robinson was born in May 1859 at Saddlescombe where her father, Martin Robinson, had a 900-acre farm. Her childhood was idyllic and she wrote an account of it that appeared in the Sussex County Magazine in 1935. A South Down Farm in the Sixties was issued by J.M. Dent in 1938. The book provides many interesting insights into agricultural practices she also explains what home life was like on a farm in such a secluded situation. In 1872 Maude Robinson went to a private boarding school at Lewes. The school regime was Spartan but the mistresses were kindly and a good education was provided. One by one the older Robinson children moved away from Saddlescombe until, after the death of her parents, only Ernest, who ran the farm, and Maude remained. Both of them loved the downland and took an interest in its wildlife.

Paperback 210 x 148 mm 82 pages
19 photos
2004 Country Books
ISBN 978 1 898941 93 4

Price £8.50

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A SUSSEX KIPLING
by David Arscott

All his Sussex Verse, several short stories set in the county and a selection from his letters and his autobiography \Something of Myself'

Paperback pages
Pomegranate Press
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Price £8.50

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A SUSSEX WAYFARER’S NATURE NOTES
David Johnston

In addition to these nature notes, David also recorded interesting old barns and farm buildings; shepherd huts; redundant farm machinery, and in fact, any curious artifacts they came across. Also, the many country
people they met and spoke to – from Lords and Ladies, to old Sussex
farmers, country rustics and odd eccentrics – with snippets of
conversation they had with them. Then there are ‘events’ – the great storm of 1987, and the change it made to the countryside – also the floods; the snow storms – and the weather that he noted each day. All these things and ‘much more’ are within the pages of his diaries – the contents of which make up this wonderfully informative new book.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 112 pages
OakBarn Press
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Price £8.50

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AMY SAWYER OF DITCHLING
ARTIST, ECCENTRIC AND LADY OF LETTERS
Anne Parfitt-King

Amy Sawyer was a prolific and unusual Victorian artist, with an interest in folk tales, witches and faeries. She exhibited at the Royal Academy many times and at many other galleries. Today, she is an almost forgotten artist, but her Sussex Village Plays, written while living in the small village of Ditchling, are still remembered by the older residents. She is also recorded in the histories of her friends; Eric Gill, Edward Johnston, the Sinden family and Joanna and Hillary Bourne, who founded Ditchling Museum. In her last ten years, in the letters to her sister in Australia, she describes with wit and asperity life in the village.

Paperback 245 x 170mm 186 pages
Colour and black and white photos
Country Books
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Price £15.00

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ANGELS ON CALL
Iris Watts

We all need guardian angels at some times in our lives. Children need them, too. Take Josh, for instance. He’s terrified of singing solo in his school’s carol service, or Harry who gets lost in a wood as darkness falls, and Stevie comes to their rescue. Stevie is a very modern angel who, with his friend Angelina, can shape shift into all sorts of helpful friends. Even a dolphin!
These charming stories about children being rescued from difficult
situations are written for young people from five years old upwards and are beautifully illustrated by Jo Dowers and Molly Moore who has just started at her secondary school.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 108 pages
Proceeds from the sale of this book are to be donated to Boxgrove Priory
Country Books
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Price £5.00

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BLACK'S 1861 GUIDE TO SUSSEX
Incorporating 1859 Breads's guide to Worthing and a description of the Miller's Tomb

Facsimile of the South-Eastern Counties of England series and comprises 184 pages. There is a folding map of the county and steel engravings of the chain pier at Brighton, Hastings and Chichester Cathedral. Major towns are covered as well as the smaller villages.

Paperback 210 x 148 mm 276 pages
Engravings and folding map.
2000 Country Books
ISBN 978 1 898941 21 7

Price £8.95

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BREWING IN WEST SUSSEX
David Muggleton

Beer originated in the Middle East about 8000 BC and took another three-and-a-half millennia to arrive across the Channel in Britain. In sixth-century Sussex – the kingdom of the South Saxons – social life centred upon the alehouse. Throughout the Middle Ages, brewing remained a domestic occupation: beer was sweet, and flavoured with herbs and spices. By 1600, when Henry Stanton was brewing in Crawley, the use of hops to flavour and preserve beer had become standard practice.
The growth of the large commercial brewers was a product of the Industrial Revolution, from which era date famous West Sussex family concerns such as the Hentys of Chichester, the Ockendens of Crawley and the Constables of Littlehampton. That these are no longer with us is due to a long process of acquisition during the twentieth century. With the takeover of the last of their line, King & Barnes of Horsham, in 2000, brewing in West Sussex was left to just a handful of small independents. Yet today there are nearly thirty breweries in this part of the county.
This fully illustrated and informative book pays homage to the brewing heritage of West Sussex while celebrating the current outpouring of creativity known as the microbrewery revolution.

THE AUTHOR
David Muggleton is a professional lecturer and writer with a particular interest in pub and brewery history. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, Pub History Society, Brewery History Society and CAMRA. Over the years, David has gained an extensive knowledge of Brighton pubs both by drinking in them and by delving deep into local archives to uncover their fascinating histories.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
Reading this book is a great way to work up a thirst!
Amberley Publishing
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Price £14.99

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BRIGHTON’S GRAPHIC WAR
Tim Piclher (editor)

Cover design by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell
Foreword by Comic’s Laureate Dave Gibbons

With tales of the Suffragettes, the paranormal, conscientious objectors, wounded Indian soldiers and families torn apart by conflict, Brighton’s Graphic War focuses on the impact of World War One on home life.Created by 15 new young writers and artists, the book illustrates the huge social changes that took place from 1900 to 1920; from daily life at the workhouse, to wash day in Hove; conscripts returning home after the horrors of the front line, to rationing on the
domestic front – Brighton’s Graphic War details how the first modern war of the 20th Century impacted upon the people of a Sussex town.

Paperback 270 x 185mm 200 pages
This book should prove to be a real collector’s item
QueenSpark
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Price £12.99

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BRITISH WITCH LEGENDS OF SUSSEX
Shaun Cooper

This book contains over sixty Sussex witch legends. Most of them appear in their original texts, and many are narrated in dialect. The county has a wide range of the different types of witch legends that have been recorded throughout Britain, and indeed, few Sussex witch legends are unique to the county. With this in mind, the author also looks at the witch legends of other counties, and so the book is essentially a comparative study of British witch legends - seemingly the very first one - but it has a strong Sussex bias, and near the end, some chapters about the history and distribution of witch legends in this county.
Some of the Sussex witch legends in the book have appeared in previous books about Sussex folklore, but Cooper has managed to unearth a number of very obscure ones too. Other subjects covered are Roman roads, and legends of fairies, the Devil, and dragons.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 206 pages
ESSENTIAL READING FOR FOLKLORISTS AND READERS INTERESTED IN MYTHS AND LEGENDS
Country Books
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Price £12.00

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CAUTIONARY PILGRIM
WALKING BACKWARDS WITH BELLOC
Rev. Nick Flint

Nick Flint is Sussex born and bred, having lived half his life in the East and half in the West of the County. A parish priest in the Church of England for 25 years he is married with one daughter. During the course of writing Cautionary Pilgrim he discovered he is distantly related to Mad Jack Fuller. He believes he is the first literary rector in his village since his predecessor in 1919 wrote Five Years’ Hell in a Country Parish.

Paperback 234 x 156mm 80 pages
‘The book has an extraordinary atmosphere’ JOHN BIRD Satirist and Comedian from TV’s Bremner, Bird
Country Books
ISBN 1-978-956789-93-0

Price £8.50

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CORNISH AND SUSSEX RECOLLECTIONS IN TEXTILE ART
Catrin Edwards-Jones

Having studied physiotherapy and beauty therapy, the author worked as a beautician at Harvey Nichols and Yardley of Old Bond Street in London.
Marriage brought a move to Brighton, where she later studied portraiture and textile art at Brighton Art College. This led to her opening a studio in St. Ives, Cornwall. where she also taught Textile Art at the St. Ives School of Painting and Truro College. She now lives in Brighton, where she has studied creative writing at Sussex University.

Lavishly illustrated in colour and B&W.

Examples of: embroidery, painting, knitting, quilting, hangings, patchwork, patchwork with applied inserts, stained glass, machine quilted batik, applied leather on velvet, wax resist watercolours, transfer printing onto satin, etc.

Hardback 245 x 170mm 126 pages
A REMARKABLE ARTISTIC OUTPUT
Country Books
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Price £21.00

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DEFYING THE DEMON
Smallpox in Sussex
Diana Crook

The dramatic story of the attempts to cope with and eventually eradicate this terrifying disease making poignant use of personal accounts. The 1950s Brighton outbreak is covered, as well as the fear that the virus could be used as a weapon of mass destruction.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 135 pages
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FIVE YEARS HELL IN A COUNTRY PARISH
First published in 1920 — a very scarce book
Rev Edward Fitzgerald Synnott

The Reverend Edward Fitzgerald Synnott, known to some as ‘Big Paddy’, was born in 1870 and attended West Meath Grammar School before joining the Irish Constabulary, which he left in 1894. He was ordained in 1898, before taking a degree at Durham University. He had been to Canada before serving in several English parishes, and on 22nd June 1914, he arrived in Rusper from Worthing with his wife.
A compelling preacher he attracted a full congregation, but his past experience had not fitted him for a small rural community. He was right, and everyone else, wrong. The fact that he was Low Church did not please the villagers, added to which his lack of consultation on church matters and spiteful rumour-mongering by villagers did not help matters. He alienated most of the village, especially those from the big houses – believing that man was created equal in the sight of God and upsetting the newly-rich. His dog, ‘Pat’, disappeared – and Synnott received his tail in the post! He became the subject of numerous anonymous letters, and Rusper was rife with gossip about his doings. Villagers complained to the Bishop, leading to his trial on a charge of serious misconduct. He had to sell his beloved cob ‘Kitty’ to help fund his legal defence, and he wrote this book after he was found not guilty by a trial at Westminster Consistory Court.
Surprisingly, he remained in the village following the publication of this book in 1920, for another 13 years – until 1933.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 120 pages
This book caused an absolute storm when it was published!
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-906789-96-1

Price £10.50

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GLORY DAYS
Alex Askaroff

We all love stories don’t we, especially true ones. For over 30 years Alex Askaroff has been carefully collecting and sharing priceless tales from his corner of England. At last his long awaited next volume is finally here. In his eleventh published book he shows us once again that he is the master of the short story.

We meet Little Sid, who earned his first medal cycling through The Blitz, before he was even old enough to go to war. We meet crazy farmers and mad dogs, great inventors and a host of wonderfully eccentric characters, from corrupt politicians and naked gardeners to the Hastings schoolboy who fooled the world to become the most famous First Nation Indian alive.

Alex Askaroff’s way with words, his funny and thought provoking stories, and the wonderful Sussex characters that he meets on his travels will leave you with a smile and a happy heart.

Once again Alex has brought his unique magic to the page and captures England, its history and its people as only he can.

140 B&W photos

Paperback 230 x 155mm 340 pages
The long-awaited book from our master storyteller
Country Books
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Price £14.99

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HAMMER AND FURNACE PONDS
Relics of the Wealden Iron Industry
Helen Pearce

They beautify the woodlands of the Sussex and Kent High Weald, but they were created to power what has been described as the country's first industrial revolution.
Helen Pearce's walker-friendly guide to the rich crop of surviving hammer and furnace ponds in the area traces the history of iron exploitation from pre-Roman times, but concentrates on the 16th and 17th centuries when the Weald throbbed to the sound of trip hammers.
Her attractively illustrated guide includes a complete gazetteer of surviving ponds, with map references and access details, and a list of museums with iron industry displays.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 96 pages
Updated reprint
Pomegranate Press
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Price £8.99

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HANGED FOR A SHEEP:
BYGONE CRIME IN SUSSEX
by Dick Richardson

This book surveys crime and the treatment of criminals in bygone Sussex, illustrated with extracts from late 18th century copies of the Sussex Weekly Advertiser, the county's first weekly news-paper. “You may as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.”The saying dates back to the days when sheep-stealing was punishable by death. For stealing a lamb you would be “hanged by the neck until you were dead.” The same punishment was meted out for stealing a sheep, so you ran no greater risk for stealing the more valuable article. (This law was repealed in 1828.)

CONTENTS: CONFIDENCE TRICKSTERS • DUELS • FOOTPADS AND HIGHWAYMAN • KEEPING LAW AND ORDER PRISONS • PUNISHMENTS SERIOUS CRIME • SMUGGLERS • THEFT • INDEX OF SURNAMES • INDEX OF PLACE-NAMES

Paperback 210 x 148 mm 80 pages
Engravings, woodcuts and photographs.
2003 County Books
ISBN 978 1 898941 85 9

Price £6.95

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HAROLD
THE KING WHO FELL AT HASTINGS
Peter Rex

Harold Godwinson, King of England, was unable to defend his realm from William the Conqueror’s invading Norman army in 1066. The Normans wreaked havoc across the country and changed the history of England forever.
This full-scale biography of England’s last Anglo-Saxon king reveals an astute political operator who, as Earl of Wessex, won the affection of the English people and the support of Edward the Confessor to succeed him. Peter Rex tells the story of a formidable warrior-king killed in battle in defence of his kingdom.

THE AUTHOR
Peter Rex was Head of History at Prince Thorpe College for twenty years. He was an acknowledged expert on Eleventh-century English and Norman history. He died in March 2012.

Paperback 198 x 129mm 304 pages
I was tempted to say “Keep and eye out for this book”
Amberley Publishing
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Price £9.99

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HAVE I GOT A STORY FOR YOU
His long-awaited new book
Alex Askaroff

We all love stories, and in Alex Askaroffs eighth book, HAVE I GOT A STORY FOR YOU, he continues with his fascinating travels around the South East of England, collecting more hilarious and enchanting tales as he goes. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but all will have you captivated.
Once again Alex brings his unique magic to the page and captures England, its history and its people, as only he can.

Paperback 230 x 155mm 302 pages
WORTH IT FOR NINAS NAPLES PIZZA RECIPE!
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-906789-85-5

Price £12.50

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HOOPS & SIGNALS
THE STORY OF A SUSSEX GREAT GRANDFATHER
John Ireland

Thomas Ireland, an ancestor of the author, spent his whole life in the mid-Sussex village of Balcombe. From the early days of the London to Brighton railway line Thomas was a signalman at Balcombe tunnel, but long before that he had followed his father and other relatives into the woodland craft of the barrel hoop maker. Alongside his duties with the railway company he continued to be very active in this trade for the rest of his life. In joining the railway he made a quantum leap from the life of the rural workman into the industrial world. But what marks out this member of the nineteenth century rural working class is that he was highly literate. People from the village frequently came to him to have their letters read or written. Probably to a large extent self-taught, he read voraciously and – most significantly – wrote down what he learned in a series of thirty or so pocket note books. In most of these he kept a journal. John Ireland, who has known Balcombe all his life, inherited these diaries, and his book uses them to provide a prism through which the varied aspects of Thomas’s life and character are revealed.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 70 pages
Riral crafts and the early railway at Balcombe, Sussex
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-906789-79-4

Price £6.99

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HOOVES IN THE HIGH STREET
THE HORSE HISTORY OF ALFRISTON
Cheryl Lutring

The otherwise overlooked horse activity in the village of Alfriston from 1850 to 2010.
75 B&W illustrations.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 120 pages
A great read – even if you do not have a horse!
Phreestyle Pholios
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Price £10.00

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LADY THATCHER’S WINK
David Arscott

The novel envisages a general election a few years from now, with the government’s austerity programme cruelly intensified. Former Lewes MP and Coalition minister Norman Baker has compared its dark humour to the works of George Orwell. The plot revolves around a portrait of Margaret Thatcher in 10 Downing Street which is obscenely defaced. A chance encounter alerts the caretaker prime minister, a landed grandee, to the grim reality of the country he nominally runs. As he swings to the left, Labour leapfrog him to fill the vacancy and an elderly Charles III is worryingly susceptible to the attempts of a rabidly nationalistic party to increase the powers of the House of Windsor.

Paperback 234 x 156mm 170 pages
Any resemblances between the fictional characters in this book and figures in British public life ar
Pomegranate Press
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Price £7.99

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LETTERS TO A PART-TIME BARMAID
Victoria Seymour

A bundle of love letters, found at an auction in Hastings, tell the true story of a 1950s postal courtship. Their writer is Dunkirk survivor Maurice Nash who, fourteen years after the historic evacuation, was working as builder, travelling around England repairing and rebuilding a still broken country. The object of his shy affection was part time barmaid Peggy Cockrill, who served behind the bar of one of the many pubs in which Maurice found solace in the lonely evenings. Depth is added to the story by Hastings past and present barmaids and builders, who talk about their working lives. In this, the final book in her series on Hastings wartime and post war history, Victoria Seymour also re-visits Lavender Cottage, via the memoirs of a WWII soldier, whose family were the first occupants of this now famous house.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 156 pages
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Price £11.99

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LEWES AND EAST GRINSTEAD RAILWAY
THE BLUEBELL LINE
Richard C Long

A lively and accessible history of the Lewes and East Grinstead Railway, covering the whole story from start to finish, illustrated with a fantastic range of archive and contemporary photographs.

The railway opened in 1882 and was shortly after taken over by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway, absorbed by Southern Ralway in 1923. BR closed the line in 1955 but public pressure forced it to reopen the next year. BR finally persuaded Parliament to close the line in 1958.

Bluebell Preservation Society was formed before the closure and from 1960 ran a preserved steam service from Sheffield Park to Horsted Keynes – the first standard gauge heritage railway in England. The extension to East Grinstead had been planned for many years, the first extension north opened in 1990, but not completed until 2013.

Paperback 280 x 210mm 128 pages
A MUST for railway fans!
Ian Allen
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Price £19.99

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LEWES PUBS
Kevin Newman

Since the days as a royal burgh (fortified town) in the days of King Alfred, Lewes has had a wealth of taverns, inns, alehouses and public houses. A fascinating journey through the town’s watering houses, past and present. He explores the trivial, the unknown, the spooky, the unusual, and tells of the many characters that have frequented them.

100 illustrations

Paperback 235 x 165mm 96 pages
Amberley
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Price £14.99

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LEWES RACECOURSE: A LEGACY LOST?
Foreword by Lord Rathcreedon, British Horse Racing Authority
Cheryl R Lutring

The only book devoted to the history of Lewes Racecourse which spans over 200 years from the early 1700s to its closure in 1964. It still operates as a base for racehorse trainers to this day. It is more than a dissertation of races, winners and odds. It is packed with anecdotes about characters and incidents which really bring the racecourse to life.

Contents: From the start; A view of the course: Racing: Of people past: Horses: The final furlong: Training facilities: Past the post: Royal plates at Lewes 1720-1764: Horses that have won more than four times at Lewes: Pratt & Co.: Sussex Ox: Not only thoroughbred racing: Pilot and jockey: Telscombe village: Some Sussex racecourses.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 144 pages
Fully illustrated with black and white photos, engravings and paintings.
Phreestyle Pholios
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Price £10.00

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LEWES: THE POSTCARD COLLECTION
Bob Cairns

Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, started out as a bridging point and market town. Steeped in history, scholars believe it is possible that the civil parish was home to the Roman settlement of Mutuantonis. It doesn’t stop there, however. The castle was built by William de Warenne,son-in-law of William the Conqueror, in 1069 after the Norman Invasion. Originally known as Bray Castle, this impressive building stands at the highest point of Lewes and is well worth a visit.Intercepted by the River Ouse, there are a number of gorgeous countryside walks to take advantage of in this charming ancient town. The Postcard Collection beautifully illustrates the
culture and character of Lewes, taking us on a journey through its historical past.

Paperback 235 x 165mm 128 pages
NOW PUBLISHED!
Amberley Publishing
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Price £12.99

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LOCOMOTIVES OF THE LONDON BRIGHTON SOUTH COAST RAILWAY
John Christopher

A contemporary account of the LB&SCR’’s locomotives covering the company’s formative years from 1839 up to 1903. Originally published over 100 years ago this new edition is fully illustrated with over 150 linedrawings and photographs. A hard to find account of the early LB&SCR railway locomotives. Fully illustrated with line drawings and photographs throughout. The London Brighton & South Coast Railway – also known as the ‘Brighton Line’ – was an important pre-grouping railway. Many of the early locomotives were acquired through amalgamations with other companies and over 1,000 were built and in 1923, they were handed over to Southern Railways.

Paperback 235 x 165mm 160 pages
150 illustrations
Amberley Publishing
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Price £12.99

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Mysteries of History in Sussex
Philip Pavey

Who created the Long Man of Wilmington on the Sussex Downs, and
for what purpose?
What evidence is there for the existence of ancient ley lines connecting historic sites of worship in the east of the county?
When did Christianity first arrive in pagan Sussex?
Where was King Harold buried after his defeat at the Battle of Hastings?
Did Canute order the waves to retreat at Bosham – and was his young daughter buried there?
These are among the many searching questions Philip Pavey explores in his
enthralling and painstaking sifting of historical fact and fiction. His investigations also cover aspects of folklore and their origins, a reported Civil War battle in the village of West Hoathly and the Bloomsbury painting of the Nativity.

Paperback ROYAL 72 pages
Pomegranate Press
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Price £5.99

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NOOKS AND CORNERS OF OLD SUSSEX
by Rev P de Putron

A facsimile of this scarce book published in 1875 of choice examples of Sussex archaeology. Over 300 early-mid 19th century engravings. Churches ‘restored’ by the Victorians; the Star Inn at Alfriston before the timber frame was exposed; the shrine of St Lawrence at Ottenham Abbey, Henfield; old manor houses, etc. An invaluable source for those researching local or family history.

Paperback 295 x 205 mm 160 pages
Was £18.50 – now £12.50
2005 Ashridge Press
ISBN 978 1 901214 49 9

Price £12.50

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NORMAN: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME
by Alex Askeroff

Paperback Large-format 216 pages
Black-and-white photographs
Crows Nest Publications
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Price £12.99

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NORTH BRIGHTON: LONDON ROAD TO COLDEAN THROUGH TIME
Anthony Beeson

Brighton’s first suburb’, London Road, was for its first century almost entirely domestic in character and the haunt of the genteel middle classes whose gardens were praised by the Loudons. The early country suburb’s change to commercial and industrial use provides a fascinating picture of the rise and fall of a once prosperous community. It foreshadowed the suburbs, also covered by this volume, which would subsequently mushroom along the traditional northern routes out of the town, following the sale of Stanford land in the 1870s and over countryside once in the manors of Preston and Patcham. The areas covered include, London Road and its hinterland, New England and the Dyke Road, Ditchling Road and Hollingbury, and the ancient route to London, the Lewes Road, encompassing Preston Barracks, Moulsecoomb and Coldean. The rare illustrations come from the author’s private collection and provide a wonderful historical record of the area.
180 illustrations.

Paperback 235 x 165mm 160 pages
PUBLICATION DATE REVISED JUNE 2014
Amberley Publishing
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Price £14.99

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OUR SUSSEX PARISH
by Thomas Geering

Arthur Beckett declared that Our Parish by Thomas Geering was his favourite Sussex book, first published in 1884. Thomas Geering was born in Hailsham in 1813 and lived his whole life in the town. His father, also Thomas Geering, came from Alfriston where he had begun his working life as a shepherd's boy and a ploughboy before becoming a shoemaker. In November 1812 he married Elizabeth Holman, the eldest daughter of a yeoman of Hellingly, in the Ebenezer Chapel at Alfriston and in the following year they moved to Hailsham. Most of the pieces that make up this book first appeared in the columns of a country newspaper. The Old Sussex Bookseller, has never appeared in book form and was first printed in the Sussex County Magazine 1927.

Paperback 210 x 148 mm 232 pages
16 photographs
2003 Country Books
ISBN 978 1 898941 83 5

Price £9.95

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RAGGED LANDS
Viscountess Wolseley’s College for Lady Gardeners, Glynde
Diana Crook

Frances Wolseley, daughter of the famous soldier, opened her pioneering college in 1906. This entertaining account follows the progress of the college with its wayward students and discusses her eventual disinheritance by her parents.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 67 pages
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Price £7.50

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RANDOM THREADS 1: PATCHES OF HEAVEN
by Alex Askeroff

RANDOM THREADS FROM ALEX ASKEROFF AND CROWS NEST PUBLICATIONS
Tales from this master storyteller. Humorous encounters with Sussex characters, from war veterans and farmers to hop-pickers and
mill-workers the author has met whilst repairing sewing machines.

Paperback 224 pages
black-and-white photographs
Crows Nest Publications
ISBN

Price £9.99

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RANDOM THREADS 2: SKYLARK COUNTRY
by Alex Askeroff

RANDOM THREADS FROM ALEX ASKEROFF AND CROWS NEST PUBLICATIONS
Tales from this master storyteller. Humorous encounters with Sussex characters, from war veterans and farmers to hop-pickers and
mill-workers the author has met whilst repairing sewing machines.

Paperback 176 pages
black-and-white photographs
Crows Nest Publications
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Price £9.99

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RANDOM THREADS 3: HIGH STREETS & HEDGEROWS
by Alex Askeroff

RANDOM THREADS FROM ALEX ASKEROFF AND CROWS NEST PUBLICATIONS
Tales from this master storyteller. Humorous encounters with Sussex characters, from war veterans and farmers to hop-pickers and mill-workers the author has met whilst repairing sewing machines.

Paperback 224 pages
Black-and-white photographs
Crows Nest Publications
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Price £9.99

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RECOLLECTIONS OF A SUSSEX PARSON
by Rev. Edward Boys Ellman

First published 1912. Edward Boys Ellman was born in 1815 and was rector of Berwick, East Sussex, for sixty years. A keen observer of life and people, this is a fascinating portrait of life in a small village in the 19th century. Among other humourous incidents is the installation of the barrel organ in the church - that insisted on playing secular tunes, and the lady in Lewes, who asked the shopkeeper to trim a yard off the bottom of a dress while she saved up for it! He died on 22nd February 1906. Index of surnames and place-names

Paperback 210 x 148 mm 269 pages
Photographs and line drawings.
2004 Country Books
ISBN 978 1 898941 87 3

Price £9.95

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ROYAL VISITORS TO SUSSEX
by Brigid Chapman

An illustrated account of public, and private, visits of royalty from 491 to 1991.

Paperback pages
CBG Books
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SECRET WORTHING
James Henry and Colin Walton

Worthing is an eclectic mix of Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian architecture with a splash of art deco – and a few medieval bits – if you know where to look! Walk in the foosteps of Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen – both short-term residents of the town.Discover some oddities and curiosities.


James Henry is an established fiction author with an interest in history, as does Colin Walton, born and bred in Worthing.

65 illustrations

Paperback 235 x 165mm 96 pages
Amberley
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Price £14.99

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SIGNALLING AND SIGNAL BOXES ALONG THE LB&SRC AND ISLE OF WIGHT RAILWAY ROUTES
Allen Jackson

The Prince Regent first popularised Brighton as a pleasure destination in the eighteenth century, and the town acquired a reputation for pleasure for the masses after the coming of the railway. From these beginnings the railway grew to cover large parts of Surrey and Sussex, and went some way to establishing the railway commuter. The bowler-hatted city gent on the 07.10 to Victoria became a national stereotype.
These intensively worked lines were early converts to electric traction in the 1920s and 1930s and, consequently, much of its mechanical signalling was removed then. However, some mechanical signalling remained in seaside resorts other than Brighton and on other routes not seen as a modernisation priority. Massive investment in recent years has rendered or will shortly render the remaining mechanical signalling and signal boxes redundant, but the LB&SCR will live on at the Bluebell heritage railway. The Isle of Wight railway continues in a proud independent tradition; much of it was concerned with providing a conveyor belt for holidaymakers off the ferries in the summer months.
Allen Jackson uses an array of photographs to illustrate lavishly the story of signalling in the principal constituents of the Southern Rail region – focusing here on the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway and Isle of Wight routes.
THE AUTHOR
Allen Jackson has worked for the RAF, as a teacher and now owns his business. He is a lifelong railway enthusiast who has published several books with Amberley.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
I was puffed out just reading the book!
Amberley Publishing
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Price £14.99

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SKY HIGH SUSSEX

Colour photos of Sussex taken from the air.

Hardback 110 x 155mm 64 pages
Halsgrove
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Price £4.99

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SMUGGLING AND SMUGGLERS IN SUSSEX
by ‘A gentleman of Chichester’

The inhuman and unparalleled murders of Mr William Galley, a customs house officer, and Mr Daniel Chater, a shoemaker, fourteen notorious smugglers, with the trials and execution of seven of the criminals at Chichester 1748-9. Trials of John Mills and Henry Sheerman; and the trials at large of Thomas Kingsmill for breaking open the Custom House at Poole; also an article on ‘Smuggling in Sussex' by William Durrant Cooper, Esq.

Hardback 185 x 125 mm 280 pages
Engravings
2001 Country Books
ISBN 978 1 898941 61 3

Price £20.00

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SOUTH HEIGHTON, DENTON & TARRING NEVILLE
Exploring the C10 to C21 history of the east bank of the Ouse villages
Brigid Chapman

These places are little-known parts of Sussex. Thousands live on the new estates in and around these villages but there are no books detailing their history. South Heighton, with which my book is principally concerned, is not even mentioned in Arthur Mee’s Sussex in the King’s England series of 1937. But Tarring Neville is… A Saxon land deal caused quite a few problems, as did the course of the Ouse in the 16th century, but it was not until the Portland Cement Works opened in 1884 quadrupling the population of the area, that things really started to happen. WW1 brought a Royal Army Observance Corps Depot and phospherous bombs, WW2, a secret underground intelligence unit – gathering centre to monitor all sea and air traffic in the Channel. With peace came potter of distinction
Ursula Mommens, great grand-daughter of Charles Darwin. She was succeeded by Chris Lewes and at the Old Forge is sculptor Christian Funnell. It has also brought a lot of new houses to Denton and reduced the popuation of Tarring Neville to an all-time low of about 30…

Paperback 210 X 148mm 124 pages
Illustrated
CGB Books
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SUSSEX AT WAR THROUGH TIME
Henry Buckton

This book examines the areas of Sussex that played an important part in the Second World War. Chichester became the nerve centre for the county’s civil defence and Tangmere and other aerodromes were involved in the Battle of Britain. Towns like Bognor Regis, Brighton and Hastings were repeatedly bombed by the Luftwaffe, while Eastbourne was the most targetted place in the South East outside London.
The beaches of Sussex became ideal invasion hotspots, which drew the county into the very centre of Britain’s war effort. Today Sussex is split into two counties – East and West – this book looks at both.

Paperback 235 x 165mm 96 pages
180 illustrations
Amberley
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SUSSEX FOLK AND SUSSEX WAYS
by Rev John Coker Egerton

Taken from the 1923 edition with a foreword by Seila Kaye-Smith. First published 1884, the author was rector of Burwash in the 19th century. 8 photos. He was rector of Burwash & opens the book with this prophetic statement: ‘In a few years' time the manners & customs of Sussex men, women & children will have passed away as utterly as pack-horses & stage wagons. Round frocks (smocks) will be extinct, & with them the characteristics of mind, thought, and speech which round frocks betokened. I well know the change must come, but I own that I look forward with but little satisfaction to the time when our boys & girls will all speak a uniform language prescribed by the Committee of Council on Education, & when our men & women will think only just as other people think.' He was a keen observer of the Sussex ‘peasant' - “I knew she was old, Vicar, because her flannel petticoats were made of silk!” Extracts from the parish registers.

Appendix: History of Burwash.

Paperback 210 x 148 mm 160 pages
8 B&W photos
2005 Country Books
ISBN 978 1 898941 98 9

Price £9.95

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SUSSEX FOLK: THE FOLK SONG REVIVAL IN SUSSEX
by Clive Bennet

Introduction by Shirley Collins. This book outlines the development of the folk song movement across Sussex from Chichester to Hastings with a detailed survey of theclubs in the densely populated central coastal area around Brighton. This ranges from the first Brighton skiffle club through the variousother sessions in Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne and Lewes up until the start of the new millennium. Within these pages are over 200 illustrations together with details of virtually all the clubs, venues, organisers and resident singers featured in the area for the past forty years.

Paperback 220 x 150mm 200 pages
2002 Country Books
ISBN 1 898941 78 5

Price £14.95

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SUSSEX IN BYGONE DAYS
by Nathaniel Paine Blaker

First published 1906. Nathaniel Paine Blaker was born at Mays, in Selmeston in 1835, a farm was owned by his maternal grandfather, Joseph Fuller. His father was a farmer, a member of a family who, for 300 years, had been owners of land and agriculturists at Portslade, Kingston and Shoreham. During Nathaniel's first year, the family moved to Perching in Edburton. He was sent to a school run by Miss Lee in Lewes when he was eight, and a year later he went to Steyning Grammar School where he developed a love of shooting. Leaving school at 16, he began learning farming, but after a year he asked his father to place him as a pupil at the Sussex County Hospital. He was apprenticed for five years to the house surgeon, the last two to be spent at Guy's Hospital, London. In 1859, he was appointed assistant surgeon to the Convict Hospital in Lewes. In 1860, he became house surgeon at Brighton and Hove Dispensary, becoming house surgeon to the Sussex County Hospital in1864. In this collection of essays he writes of the last half of the 19th century. There are extensive pieces on Steyning, Lewes and farming. His thoughts on bringing up children would not be considered ‘PC‘ in today's terms - he remarks that the traditional Christening gift was a cane! Spare the rod…

Paperback 210 x 148 mm 156 pages
2007 Ashridge Press/Country Books
ISBN 978 1 901214 84 0

Price £12.50

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SUSSEX RAILWAY STATIONS THROUGH TIME
Douglas d’Enno

In 1841 the London and Brighton Railway constructed the line from Norwood to the coast. In this book the author explores the absorbing and sometimes colourful story of the railway stations in Sussex. The older photographs feature early postcards and carefully selected images from railway archives and publications. The extent of change in these stations can be fully
appreciated.

Paperback 235 x 165mm 96 pages
See what Dr Beeching did!
Amberley
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SUSSEX SAINTS & MARTYRS
Man’s inhumanity towards man…
Philip Pavey

In contrast to the pre-Reformation saints, whose acts furthered civilisation and humanity as well as the Christian faith, the heroism of these sixteenth century lives has been tempered by the barbarity inflicted and endured – between people who were all Christians. How could our ancestors be so incredibly cruel; would the martyrs on each side, heroic though they were, have approved of the same treatment given to their counterparts?

Holy Sussex · St Wilfrid · Dicuill, St Brighthelm · St Cuthman · St Lewina · St Dunstan · St Leonard · St Richard · Sussex Protestant Martyrs ·
Sussex Catholic Martyrs · St Philp Howard

Paperback Royal 66 pages
Map and black and white photos
Country Books
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SWANBOROUGH AND IFORD
250BC to 2016AD
Brigid Chapman

The Saxon Hundred of Swanborough covers 4,678 acres of land on the west bank of the Ouse. Within it is the hamlet of Swanborough and the village of Iford, population 205. England’s first windmill was built in the village a few years after the Church of St. Nicholas was founded. At one time its farm’s herd of cattle was the largest in the country and holder of two world records. There have been changes – gone is the pub and the post office, dairy farming has given way to arable and beef cattle, but its fishing lakes and airfields are very much visited and its Lucky Buckets rock band raises cash for charities with gigs in and around the village…

12 B&W illustrations/plans. 17 colour pictures and 1 colour map

Paperback 210 x 148mm 30 pages
Another of Brigid’s wonderful booklets on Sussex
CGB Books
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SWEET BELLS JANGLED OUT OF TUNE
James Gardner

In 1859 the first public asylum in Sussex opened amidst great publicity near Haywards Heath. For in mid-Victorian England, mental health reformers
believed in something revolutionary: that a well-run progressive asylum could solve the increasing problem of ‘madness’ in society. The asylum’s first superintendent was Dr Charles Lockhard Robertson, a man of great strength and foresight in the treatment of the insane. His humane methods contrasted strongly with the appalling practices adopted in places such as Bethnal Green Asylum in London. This book looks at the wide range of treatments he employed, included Roman baths, pet therapy and ‘moral treatment’. Although St Francis closed in 1995, its impressive main building still remains and stands as a powerful and lasting monument to the reforming zeal of Victorian Society and to the
spirit of men such as Robertson.

Hardback 321 pages
Published by the author
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Price £17.95

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TALES FROM THE COAST
by Alex Askaroff

Introducing the long-awaited new book
from that master spinner of local tales, Alex Askaroff…

Paperback 384 pages
Crows Nest Publications
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The Bluebell Railway Revisited
Matt Allen

The Bluebell Railway was originally a part of the former Lewes to East Grinstead line and when closure by British Railways loomed a keen band of volunteers worked hard to prevent the line being confined to history.
In this book, premier railway photographer Mat Allen takes a photographic journey along the 11 miles of track showing all the Bluebell has to offer and the new extension to East Grinstead. In more than 140 colour images he captures the essence of this magnificent jewel in the British heritage crown.

Hardback 230 x 214mm 144 pages
Colour pictures throughout
Halsgrove
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Price £14.99

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THE CHURCH GALLERY MINSTRELS
OF OLD SUSSEX

by Rev. K. H. McDermott

This book was first privately published by the Rev. K. H. MacDermott in 1922 as SUSSEX CHURCH MUSIC IN THE PAST and printed by Moore & Wingham of Chichester. He was rector of the parish of Selsey in West Sussex, and as a young man, he had met and corresponded with gallery musicians born in the 18th century. Here is an account of the old Singers and Minstrels, the Bands, Psalmodies and Hymn-books of Sussex Churches from the end of the 17th Century to the latter half of the 19th Century. There is an appendix on the author's collection at the Sussex Archaeological Society in Lewes and a FREE CD of thirteen traditional Sussex carols performed by ‘Hope in the Valley' recorded in 1983. CD Contents: These carols were collected and collated by Dr Vic Gammon. This performance by ‘Hope in the Valley' - a group of singers and musicians from all over Sussex, and directed by Mary Motley. It was recorded in the Spring of 1983 by Mike Howell. The recording is dedicated to the memory of John Ticehurst, a founder member of the group who died in January 1983.

Paperback 210 x 148 mm 128 pages
Free 13 track CD.
Ashridge Press/Country Books
ISBN 978 1 901214 73 4

Price £14.50

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THE FRIENDLY GHOSTS OF WHITE LODGE
ROEDEAN BRIGHTON
Catrin Edwards-Jones

The story of a remarkable house, White Lodge on the cliff at Roedean, near Brighton. It was designed and built by Sir John W. Simpson in 1903 for Mrs. Fanny Mertineau, and later named ‘The Corner House’. Over the following years a few young lady boarders from Roedean School for Girls, unable to return home for the holidays, were transferred to Mrs. Martineau’s home. It was sold in 1921, following her demise. In 1924 Lady Victoria Sackville of ‘Knole’ Sevenoaks, Kent, purchased ‘The Corner House’ including an extra parcel of land up to Roedean School for the sum of £11,500 and renamed it ‘White Lodge’. In 1928, she sold the land on the eastern side to the Mayor of Brighton for £10,500 – the present miniature golf course. The house was enlarged by Sir Edwin Lutyens who added the east and west wings with an aesthetic ‘Arts and Crafts’ design. At a later date, he designed and constructed a sunken rose garden – still unchanged today. On the death of Lady Sackville the house passed to her grandson, Nigel Nicolson, and five years later, it was sold. The new owner divided the building into seven apartments. David Ellis, co-writer of ‘The Daleks’ lived in Flat 3, and had encountered the vision of a lady in a long gown drifting along a corridor. Could it have been Lady Sackville? She was also seen at other times by different people. And then there is the ghost of Crawford…

Paperback 210 x 148mm 16 pages
5 B&W and 4 colour pictures
Country Books
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THE GODDESS: A DEMON
Richard Marsh

A Victorian Gothic Horror novel first published in 1900.

John Ferguson has a dream in which his friend Edwin Lawrence is attacked in the night by a laughing female fiend. He wakes up to find a beautiful, mysterious woman stepping into his room through the window. She is covered in blood and cannot remember her name. The following morning, Lawrence is found dead, his body and face slashed beyond recognition…

3 B&W photographs

Paperback 198 x 129mm 256 pages
With a new introduction on the author by Shaun Cooper.
Country Books
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THE HISTORY OF DITCHLING
IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX

by Henry Cheale, Jun.

Facsimile of the first edition of 1901. An invaluable document for those searching their family tree. Alfred the Great and Catherine of Aragon both owned manors in the village. On the basis of this, the author believed that the king spent much time here and that “Wings Place” or the “Old House” is a fragment of a palace built by Queen Catherine! Ignoring these flights of fancy, the book is otherwise thoroughly researched. Contents include: Ancient Ditchling and the manors, Ditchling Park, old inhabitants, miscellaneous notes, St Margaret's Church, rectors and vicars, monumental inscriptions and memorials, the Meeting House, the ‘Jernal' of a Ditchling man, and the neighbourhood. Subsidy rolls 1378-9 for Ditchling, Strete Hundred 1549, Ditchling 1562, 1600, 1623, Ditchling wills at Lewes 1541-1640, Ditchling administrators. 1578-1640, Ditchling Churchwardens 1638-1750. The appendices include: family trees of the Chatfield family, the Attrees of Wivelsfield and the Pooles.

Paperback 183 x 125 mm 184 pages
12 illustrations by Arthur B Packham.
2004 Country Books
ISBN 978 1 898941 89 7

Price £9.95

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THE HISTORY OF THE BRIGHTON WORKHOUSES
by James Gardner

The spectre of the workhouse haunted the old, the sick, the un-employed, the young and the vulnerable. Its buildings were not symbols of civic pride to adorn urban centres, but were cheap, bleak, grimly austere and oppressive to the poor. They were usually on the edge of town, much like the last standing Brighton workhouse in Elm Grove, now Brighton General Hospital. It superseded the one at Church Hill, just north of St Nicholas’ church, from where in 1862 the pauper childen were sent to Warren Farm Industrial Schools in Woodingdean – so isolated an area that contemporaries referred to it as “East America”.Using a wide range of original sources, the author seeks to give a voice to those men, women and children who found themselves, not in the  elegant seafront hotels of which Brighton has been so proud, but instead as inmates of its workhouses. This book is about their forgotten lives..

Hardback 460 pages
illustrated

ISBN

Price £19.95

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THE HISTORY, ANTIQUITIES AND
TOPOGRAPHY OF THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX

by Rev. Thomas Walker Horsfield

published by J. Baxter, Lewes 1835. Taken from the first subscribers' edition of 1835, complete in two volumes including maps and all illustrations. It includes a new biographical note on Horsfield by Richard Knowles.

This work in two volumes covered every aspect of the history of Sussex - its families and its places - and became the standard reference book for all subsequent Sussex historians. EXPECT TO PAY AROUND £600.00 FOR A FIRST EDITION. Volume I is for East Sussex and volume II for the West and comprise around 1,000 pages. There are 2 copper engraved frontispieces, 2 large folding county maps with elevation views, 54 copper engraved plates, and a further 80 woodcuts.

Paperback 297 x 210 mm 1000 pages
In Two volumes,, folding maps, 54 copper engraved
2009
ISBN 978 1 906789 16 9

Price £90.00

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THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF
The Story of the Building that Stood on Seaford Head
Lynn Lawson

The view of Seaford Head from the promenade is the defining image of this seaside town. In photographs of this view taken in the first half of the twentieth century, a distinctive house can be seen, standing in isolation on the cliff. The history of this building reflects the history of Seaford and the country as a whole during this turbulent period, which witnessed two world wars; the emancipation of women; and the arrival of the car, cinema, and low cost ‘package’ holidays.

This book tells the story of that ‘house on the cliff’ – built in the reign of Queen Victoria, demolished in the 1960s, but with traces of its
existence still visible on Seaford Head today.

68 B&W and 34 colour photos, maps and plans

Paperback 245 x 170mm 120 pages
A MUST dor all interested in SEAFORD and Sussex local history
Country Books
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Price £12.99

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THE LADIES OF MILLER'S
Diane Crook

An amusing account of these eccentric and aristocratic sisters who, with their Bloomsbury friends, set up an art centre in Lewes during WW2 and afterwards revitalised the craft of lithography for British artists.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 44 pages
Author
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Price £7.50

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THE LIFE OF A MAN: RON SPICER 1929-1996
by Dick Richardson & Doris Spicer

A short biography of Ron Spicer, Sussex herdsman & folksinger. Ron worked on a farm near West Hoathly all his life with a herd of Guerneys, and achieved his life's ambition - to win best of breed at the South of England Show - just before he died.

Forewords by Baroness Trumpington & Vic Smith.

Paperback 200 x 210 mm 64 pages
27 B&W photos
1997 Country Books
ISBN 978 1 898941 06 4

Price £6.50

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THE MISTRESS OF STANTONS FARM
by Marcus Woodward

First published 1938. Sussanah Hooker was born in 1814 at Smallfield Place, Surrey. She married Mr Stacey of Stantons and ruled her household at East Chiltington with a rod of iron. She died in 1893 and is buried at Westmeston in East Sussex. There is an introduction by Arthur Beckett. Contents include: Receipts for Food for the Poor, Life at the Farm, Directions to Servants, Ornaments for Grand Entertainments, The Doctor, The Squire, The Parson, Grandma, the Sorceror, Pickles, Preserves and Candies, Grandma's Herb Garden, Vegetables and Herbs, Rural Worthies, Cullis, Sauces and Eggs, Grandma holds her Court, Distilling Cordial Waters, The Good Things of Sussex, Puddings and Savouries, etc., Wine-Making Day, Home-made wines, Punches, etc., A Tale of a Wash-Tub, Family Receipts, Baking Day, Baked Puddings, etc., The Household Gods, Necessary Knowledge, Christmas Gambols, Creams and Syllabubs, The Sign of the Old Thatch, Buns, Black Caps, and Snow Balls, etc.

Paperback 210 x 148 mm 187 pages
Black and white photosgraphs.
2004 Country Books
ISBN 978 1 898941 88 0

Price £9.95

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THE SCHOOLS OF LEWES
C12 to C21
by Brigid Chapman

From the twelfth century when the Cluniac Priory of St Pancras was founded in Southover by William the Conqueror’s brother-in-law William de Warenne, Lewes has had an interesting mixture of educational establishments.One of the first free grammar schools in the country opened here in 1512 and continues today as an independent school. There have been business and classical academies for young gentlemen and boarding establishments offering a ‘polite education’ for young ladies; charity schools; Dame Schools; Quaker boarding schools; day schools; a British School, a Ragged School, training schools, a Mechanic’s Institute and any number of Church of England National Schools. With the introduction of free state education in 1902 there has been a gradual decline in the number of schools in the private sector. In their place Lewes now has five primary schools, a comprehensive and a college. This is the story of those schools. Of who went to them – John Evelyn was at the grammar school in 1630 and Piers Morgan at the Priory Upper School in 1981 – and the subjects taught in them, from the days when all lessons were in Latin to the computerised classrooms of today.

Paperback pages
CGB Books
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Price £8.99

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THE SHINING CORD OF SHEILA KAYE-SMITH
Shaun Cooper

Sheila Kaye-Smith was a Sussex writer. She wrote more than 30 novels, most of them set in that county, and some in Kent, and she also wrote short stories, poetry, articles, and non-fiction books. One of her most popular novels was made into a film. This new biography about her contains a lot of original research, as well as excerpts from book reviews, articles, interviews, and other sources. Highlights will undoubtedly be the quotes from and plot descriptions of two unfinished novels; details about some of her lesser known stories, as well as the sections about Baa, Trimmer and Pearl, Platnix, The Lodge, Old Gadgett, City Red, The Fairy Housemaid, The Little Flower, the gleams, and, of course, the Shining Cord.
Extras:
Picture Gallery (in full colour), Production Notes, and Easter Eggs.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 214 pages
Biography of Sheila Kaye-Smith 1887-1956
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-910489-47-5

Price £12.50

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THE SHIPS AND MARINERS OF SHOREHAM
Facsimile of first edition 1909
by Henry Cheal junior

“The days have gone by when sailing ships of large tonnage were launched at Shoreham. The vast strides made in marine engineering and the building of steamships long since silenced the once busy yards so far as the building of sailing ships is concerned, though indeed, as we shall have occasion to observe later, the industry of yacht-building still flourishes.Ship-building flourished in Shoreham from an early date, down to our own day, but some thirty years have now lapsed since the last merchant ship went off the stocks. Of all those that had been built, two only have been seen in the Harbour within the last two or three years, but in this (1909) year's registers no vessels built by any of the old Shoreham builders are given as now existing. This being so, it seemed to the writer something of a reproach that some attempt had not been made to rescue from partial if not entire oblivion, a record of these wood-built sailers, which were indeed so famous in their time that none of their size could beat them.”
Henry Cheal junior 1909.

Contents: The River Adur; Ancient ships and mariners; Shoreham pirates and privateers; The flight of the King; The Shoreham men-of-war and their commanders; The Shoreham merchant ships; Shoreham shipwrecks and disasters; The oyster fishery; Smuggling at Shoreham; List of master mariners at Shoreham.

Paperback 220 x 140 mm 141 pages
16 half tone illustrations
2009
ISBN 978 1 906789 20 6

Price £14.50

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THE STORY OF HENFIELD
by Rev Henry de Candole

A facsimile of this classic first published in 1947. The beginnings of Henfield; Saxon and Norman times; the manor of Stretham; communications - river, road and rail; the church and village in the middle ages; the Bysshopp family; Elizabeth I to the civil war; Henfield Place and the Holneys; old Henfield papers; the church in the 18th and 19th centuries; village life, trade and industries; houses, inns and schools; references, index.

Paperback 220 x 136 mm 207 pages
9 photographs
2005 Ashridge Press
ISBN 978 1 901214 48 2

Price £14.50

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THE STORY OF SHOREHAM
by Henry Cheal

Facsimile of the first edition of 1921. The history of Shoreham from early times with references to the surrounding area, Lancing, Steyning, etc. The Saxons; the town & harbour in the Middle Ages; watermills & windmills; Old Erringham; early deeds of the Blaker, Monk & Bridger families; De Braose & De Mowbray families; fairs & markets; inns; bungalow town; suspension brudge; ancient religious houses; the ancient ferry; the Marlipins; forgotten street names; smugglers; ship building; etc. Index. Line illus by Arthur B Packham.

Paperback 200 x 138 mm 286 pages
Folding illus map.
2005 Country Books
ISBN 978 1 898941 96 5

Price £14.50

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THE SUN STREET STORY
A STREET STORIES PROJECT FOR LEWES HISTORY GROUP
Brian Cheesmur, Rosemary Page, Frances Stenlake and Susan Wekks

The team found some surprises as they dug up the past. Besides the origins of the street and the
varying construction of its 19th century houses, the team’s discoveries included finding that an
employee of Albion Russell and Sons (which later became Russell and Bromley) had made boots in Sun Street; that the Fruiterers Arms (closed in late 1990s) was the home of the Lewes Wanderers Cycle Club; and that in the 1950s, the Salvation Army held Sunday meetings in the street under a gas lamp. And did you know that part of Sun Street would have been demolished in the 1960s if the ‘proposed Relief Road’ had gone ahead?

3 maps, 36 col photos, 42 B&W photos, 19 line illustrations

It also includes many colourful stories from the local press of the time, plus previously unpublished family stories and photos from current and former residents.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 83 pages
As Lewes History Group are a charity, this book includes postage in order that all monies go to them
Lewes History Group
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Price £10.00

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THE TRAIL OF THE SERPENT
James Gardner

The Balcombe Tunnel murder in Sussex was the most sensational news item back in 1881 surpassing in newspaper coverage even the assassinations of the Russian Tsar and the American President. It was only the second murder to have been committed on an English train. On a sunny Monday afternoon in June, a retired businessman was brutally attacked in a first class carriage on the London to Brighton train and thrown into the tunnel. Eventually, a young twenty-one year old author and journalist, Percy Lefroy Mapleton, was convicted and hanged at Lewes prison. In the last ten days of his life he wrote a fascinating 19,000 word autobiography. Only discovered by the author over a hundred years later, it throws new light on a man and a crime that both shocked and fascinated Victorian society.
Illustrated paperback.

Paperback 192 pages
Published by the author
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Price £9.50

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The Twittens
The Saxon and Norman Lanes of Lewes
Kim Clark

12 pages in colour.
South of the county town's historic high street lie narrow thoroughfares, dropping down between ancient flint walls to the foot of the downland spur. Many date from the days when King Alfred fortified the town against the Danes, while others became part of a new pedestrian netwrk as Lewes extended its boundaries in Norman times. Kim Clark's celebration of these ancient twittens is illustrated by photographs, the line drawings of Marietta Van Dyke and the paintings of Peter Messer.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 62 pages
What’s a twitten? In case you wondered…
Pomegranate Press on behalf of the Friends of Lewes
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THEOS MAGIC GARDEN
Iris Watts

Theo is a handsome and contented cat living in a cottage in a Sussex village with his mistress, Jenny. A cat, proud of his Persian lineage. But one day his life changes…
Jenny’s brother, Magnus comes to stay and on leaving, sprinkles magic dust on the garden. That night all the garden statues come to life.
Sammy the fox proves a problem – until Magnus’ cat, Tim, comes to stay. The magic dust has enabled the statues and cats to talk to each other – though Cosmos is still a nuisance.
The author is donating all proceeds from this book to the restoration of Boxgrove Priory. The book is priced £5, but I have added £2 P&P, so that the maximum amount benefits the charity.

Paperback 210 x 148 112 pages
These stories are written for Children from five years old upwards and they are beautifully illust
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-910489-08-6

Price £7.00

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Thomas the Priory Cat
Iris Watts

The priory is Boxgrove in West Sussex, and Thomas is the resourceful cat who makes his home in the church after his mistress dies. These charming stories are written for children from five years upwards, and are beautifully illustrated by Alex Forrester.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 64 pages
Pomegranate Press
ISBN

Price £5.00

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TOPOGRAPHICAL TUNBRIDGE WARE
An Illustrated Guide to the Mosaic Views on Tunbridge Ware
Howard Rockley

116 colour and 2 mono photographs.
Anyone with an interest in antiques who has looked at a Tunbridge Ware mosaic view and wondered what, where and how, will find this an indispensible aid. Briefly describing the changing techniques of
construction over time and the difficulties of attribution to a particular manufacturer, it illustrates 58 topographical views, ranging from the frequently encountered to the very rare.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 72 pages
Over the border? Almost, once Tunbridge Wells was in Sussex! There are views of Hurstmonceux, Pevens
Country Books
ISBN

Price £16.50

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TREASURE CHEST
A SEAFORD ANTHOLOGY
Diana Crook

Seaford has a turbulent history as a former Cinque Port and rotten borough with
dramatic accounts of smuggling, looting, maritime battles and disasters as well as power struggles and political chicanery. Leaving a mark on the town is a medley of eccentric, artistic and ambitious visitors and residents. Today, battle still continues to contain the ravages of the sea that has
dominated the story of the town.
Diana Crook’s attractively varied
anthology extends from the theft of St Lewinna’s bones in 1058 to the more recent declaration of Wendy, the Seaford talking cat.
A feast of good stories, some of which have not been seen in print before,
Treasure Chest entertains, amuses and
instructs.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 136 pages
Diana Crook
ISBN

Price £9.99

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