Lewes History Group Meeting – Monday 12 January 2015, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Geoffrey Mead: Sussex Industrial History: a Different Perspective

Geoffrey Mead looks at the wide variety of trades and industries that have been part of the Sussex landscape over the past 5,000 years. From flint working to an international airport and from Chichester Harbour to Rye Bay and from Crawley to Brighton, this talk will be industrial history made easy through a cunning plan of digging, making and selling.

The Sussex landscape has dictated where industries are located and these have left their impact on the present landscape, such as the armament trades of the 16th century with their furnaces and forges, which give us the tranquil hammer-ponds and nature reserves 21st century. The same industrial locations are remembered in the place-names of Furnace Farms and Forge Lanes throughout the Weald.

The industries of the Low Weald, bricks and potteries, glass and tanning have a less high profile in historical research, yet employed large numbers of workers in the past with brick making still an economic factor in the county.

The Downland is seen as a less industrialised zone yet chalk and cement production are within living memory and their features are seen as part of the National Park landscape. The coastline of the county has seen shipbuilding and fishing decline but tourism and new ‘creative’ industries grow.

LBSCR plate layers Shoreham 1905
London, Brighton and South Coast Railway plate layers, Shoreham, 1905


All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.

There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.

Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)

See the Meetings page for a list of  forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.