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East Sussex Piers in wartime

Posted: 03 August 2014 21:20

On 30th July, 2014, Eastbourne Pier was badly damaged when fire broke out in the pavilion, leaving about a third of the structure gutted.

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East Sussex Piers in wartime

Bomb craters (11) - Battle

Posted: 24 July 2014 21:17

In 1943, three German bombs fell on the town of Battle in a daylight tip and run raid. The sudden attack saw two civilians killed and much damage to property across the County. Archive documents and fieldwork reveal surviving evidence of the attack.

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Bomb craters (11) - Battle

The Dover Quad - a colonial pillbox?

Posted: 16 July 2014 17:24

The so-called Dover Quad is a defence work classed as a 'pillbox'; not surprising, given its appearance. However, a new archive discovery has shed some light on the evolution of this oddity.

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The Dover Quad - a colonial pillbox?

Tragedy at Crowborough

Posted: 05 July 2014 07:29

In July 1944, a ferocious battle was being fought in NW Europe. The outcome of this battle could have a bearing on the outcome of war and casualties were high. However, this wasn't on the front line in France - it was in England.

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Tragedy at Crowborough

Eight Years

Posted: 13 March 2014 15:12

This week sees the eighth anniversary of the Defence of East Sussex Project! The past year has flown by, with some fantastic opportunities presenting themselves.

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Eight Years

East Sussex wartime writers and artists (4)

Posted: 22 January 2014 21:06

Burwash is most famous for an author whose books bore swastikas until the 1930's, but the Second World War saw a few more writers and artists plying their trade in the area.

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East Sussex wartime writers and artists (4)

In Remembrance

Posted: 10 November 2013 20:04

In previous years my In Remembrance blog entries have focussed on army and civilian deaths - this year I look at civilians in battledress - the Home Guard.

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In Remembrance

Protecting Aspidistra (1)

Posted: 30 August 2013 20:04

In November 1942, one of the largest radio transmitters in the world went into operation at Kingstanding on the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. Documents and fieldwork reveal a new historical angle.

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Protecting Aspidistra (1)

Roadblock Recce (38) Michelham Priory

Posted: 27 August 2013 20:44

I spent the day at Michelham Priory near Hailsham and found some surviving evidence of a nearby roadblock.

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Roadblock Recce (38) Michelham Priory

East Sussex wartime writers and artists (3)

Posted: 19 August 2013 19:54

As today sees the 71st anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, I thought it appropriate to look at some photos of Canadian tanks with a Sussex connection.

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East Sussex wartime writers and artists (3)

Roadblock Recce (37) Rotherfield area

Posted: 19 August 2013 10:47

A visit to a few roadblock locations in the Rotherfield area looking for a handful of cylinders and buoys lead to my uncovering far more than I was expecting.

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Roadblock Recce (37) Rotherfield area

Your Britain - Fight for it Now

Posted: 07 August 2013 18:05

The iconic poster of the South Downs designed by Frank Newbould in 1942 has fascinated me for many years; close inspection reveals some interesting details.

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Your Britain - Fight for it Now

East Sussex wartime writers and artists (2)

Posted: 06 August 2013 22:28

Part two of this series looks at artists and writers in the South Downs of East Sussex.

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East Sussex wartime writers and artists (2)

East Sussex wartime writers and artists (1)

Posted: 03 August 2013 20:52

During my research I have uncovered numerous references to writers and artists associated with East Sussex in some way and so I thought I'd document some of these links.

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East Sussex wartime writers and artists (1)

Roadblock Recce (36) Burwash area

Posted: 29 July 2013 20:04

A recent trip into the Sussex Weald covers a long expanse of roadblock locations at Burwash Common, Burwash, Etchingham and Robertsbridge.

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Roadblock Recce (36) Burwash area

Roadblock Recce (35) Bodiam

Posted: 27 July 2013 20:59

I can't believe that it's been 18 months since my last Roadblock Recce! A trip to Bodiam identifies the location of a roadblock and the Type 28A pillbox guarding it.

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Roadblock Recce (35) Bodiam

'Mission Accomplished' - Bomber Command memorial

Posted: 28 April 2013 17:59

A large crowd gathered on Beachy Head this afternoon to witness the first annual Bomber Command 'Mission Accomplished' Memorial Service.

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'Mission Accomplished' - Bomber Command memorial

Bomb craters (10) - shell craters

Posted: 14 April 2013 10:31

A landscape feature that I've not yet covered in this series is what would have been the most numerous type of crater in Sussex - those made by artillery shells. A visit to the site of a live-fire exercise reveals some interesting evidence.

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Bomb craters (10) - shell craters

Some of our Lobster Pots are missing

Posted: 12 April 2013 20:12

Since I was young I have been fascinated by the Luftwaffe's Rettungsbojen, which were floating refuges anchored in the English Channel for downed aircrew. The British nicknamed them Lobster Pots.

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Some of our <em>Lobster Pots</em> are missing

Safety first!

Posted: 06 April 2013 20:26

It is often said that perhaps a million unexploded shells still lie beneath the WW1 battlefields of France and Belgium, but today I experienced an unexploded device in Sussex.

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Safety first!



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