A Sussex – Canadian hero

I was recently lucky to meet and interview a 93 year old Seafordian with a Canadian accent.  As today is the anniversary of the D-Day Landings I thought you may like to hear his story….. My full name is Anthony Edwin Stride Elliot and I was born on 14th November 1925 at 9, Pelham Place,…

A War-Memorial Mystery!

The War Memorial in the East Sussex village of Bishopstone gives the names of nine men from the village who were killed in the First World War and four from the Second World War.  The memorial includes the name of Eleanor Standish-Barry, an interesting woman who also used the stage name of Nell St John…

A Sussex Architect with bottle!

In 2011 I was honoured to be asked to say a few words at a meeting of the Alfriston & Cuckmere Valley History Society which was called to pay tribute of their former president, the late Lady Edna Healey who had died the previous year. I was in esteemed company, as not only Lord Denis…

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…

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…

An overenthusiastic Home Guard!

Just before Christmas I visited the delightful All Saints Church in Waldron. I was lucky to catch the Church Administrator clearing up after a Christingle Service and he generiously, not only showed me around the church, but allowed me to climb up on to the tower via a rather narrow stone spiral staircase.  According to…