Lewes History Group talk on past life in the River Ouse valley – Monday 9 April 2018, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Ian Everest: Tales from the Riverbank – a glimpse at past life in the River Ouse valley

Old photographs and cine film will offer a glimpse of some of the less well-known aspects of life in the Ouse valley between Lewes and the sea. Areas of interest will include the agricultural, industrial, aviation, sporting and artistic heritage of the area.  Muggery Pope, Mount Misery and the sport of kings – all will be explained!

Ian Everest’s interest in the history of the Sussex countryside dates back to his childhood, which was spent living on a 1,000 acre downland farm on which his father worked. In his teenage years, Ian worked on farms in the Ouse Valley before attended Plumpton Agricultural College in the late 1960’s. After further practical farm activity, he worked at a farm animal-disease research centre before entering into farming related commercial activity.

In 1987, he had a change of direction when he became manager of Newhaven Fort and prepared the scheduled monument for opening to visitors the following year. Prior to this he had started researching his family history and this on-going activity led to the development of a number of Sussex related local history talks. His talk at Lewes History Group meeting will look at the area where his great-grandfather moved to in the late 1880’s and where many of his farm labourer ancestors toiled the land.

Ship named Ferrocrete on River Ouse, Sussex

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.