A Chubby but Cheerful Soldier

This afternoon I did one of my Guided Tours of Lewes and took people through the lovely churchyard of St John Sub-Castro.  I pointed out some interesting graves but noticed something today that I had no seen before. It was a Memorial Plaque – known as a Death Penny or Widow’s Penny, which had been inserted…

The Squinting Speaker from Sussex

On 21st June 2009 I was working in the Houses of Parliament when I heard a rumour that the Speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin was about to resign.  He found his position untenable due to the his role in the expenses scandal.  A Speaker had not been ‘sacked’ since the 17th Century…

Did a 10yr old cause a train crash?

The Railway between Brighton and Lewes was opened on 8th June 1846.  The London Brighton & South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) took over the new railway just a few weeks later. Railways were dangerous places, indeed the opening of one of the first railways – The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was marred by the death of…

WW2 in Seaford & Lewes

Yesterday I met Dorothy Trethowan at her home in Polegate. This is what she told me… I am 97 years old. I have spent much of my life in Seaford.  I was born Dorothy Gretton. My parents lived at a house called Sommerville, Highlands Road, not far from the Catholic Church (I remember the church…

60 years in the Police!

Today it is not unusual for Police Officers to transfer into the British Transport Police from other forces and it is not unknown for some officers to spend a few years in the BTP having retired from another force.   After Walter Hebborn retired from the Metropolitan Police, he joined the Railway Police in Sussex…

Tiny Lewes Letter

My thanks to Mrs Dorothy Trethowan of Polegate for sending me this absolutely TINY letter sent from Olive and Tom in Windsor Crescent, Lewes to Hindover Road Seaford in December 1943. The letter is a tiny folded sheet of paper in an envelope which is about the size of a penny coin! I will pass the…