Lewes History Group talk: Local History with the Path Detectives – Monday 14 January 2019, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Chris Smith: Local History with the Path Detectives

At the end of 2025 most rights of way that existed before 1949, but which are not on the Rights of Way map, will be abolished. Using historical documents, a small group has been trying to find lost rights of way locally and add them to the map. Chris Smith will share what he and his researchers have discovered and encourage you to become a path detective yourself.

Hear about the crack on the head that lost Kingston a footpath; the Firle council members who hated roads; the mysterious bridleway on Malling Down; the bridge-breaking Gwynnes of Folkington; and other stories that rarely makes it into the history books. Chris will also cover the history of highways and how rights of way came into being.

Revised application map showing a lost right of way near Lewes
Image from an out of copyright Ordnance Survey map

The Times 15 January 2019 page 3 article: Time running out to save lost walks

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 £1 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.