Mill Road modern houses and chalk pits

Mill Road History > Modern houses and chalk pits

Numbers 2 to 32 Mill Road

Building began on the left hand side of Mill Road in the 1920s. In September 1926 East Sussex County Council submitted plans to Lewes Borough for two pairs of cottages ‘for the housing of county roadmen’. These houses (the present 2 to 8 Mill Road) were known first as numbers 1 to 4 County Cottages, originally numbering down the hill.

Plans for numbers 10 to 26 Mill Road were submitted by private individuals and approved by the Council in 1931 and 1932. They were all originally referred to by house names:

Spithurst (26 Mill Road)
Erzanmyne (24 Mill Road)
Wendy (22 Mill Road)
Thiseldo (20 Mill Road)
Cresswell and Wyndgates (16 and 18 Mill Road)
Dorarth and South Winds (12 and 14 Mill Road)
Sunny Brae (10 Mill Road)

In early September 1939, at the outbreak of war, the government compiled a National Register of all properties and their occupants. At four of the houses in Mill Road (numbers 10, 12, 16 and 22) the list of residents includes children with surnames different from the adults living there. Is it possible that these children were among the very first wartime evacuees?

Number 28 (Roman Way) first appears as occupied in the electoral register for 1979; number 30 (Crickets) and number 32 in the 1993 register.

Chalk pits and lime kilns

Mill Road leads to Malling Hill, where chalk pits and lime kilns are marked on all OS maps from 1873.

I have yet to make any progress in understanding the nature, scale and dates of these industries and I’d be particularly grateful for any information about them.