Seven Sisters - The history behind the view

Seven Sisters -

The History Behind the View

 

First published in 2008, this captivating local history is of one of England’s ‘jewels in the crown,’ – the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley, part of the South Downs National Park. What is revealed by this work will fascinate local people, visitors and students of the Cuckmere Valley and the neighbouring stunning coastline. Above all, it is an accurate source of detailed knowledge. It is a record of life and times within a classic piece of English landscape.

The ‘study area’ centres on Exceat (the Seven Sisters Country Park) at the southern end of the Cuckmere Valley and takes in neighbouring Chyngton, West Dean and Friston Forest. This also includes the fabulous chalk coastline from Seaford Head to Birling Gap including the famous Seven Sisters cliffs.

The 12 subjects areas covered include buildings, land ownership, River Cuckmere, smuggling, shipwrecks, agriculture, establishment of Friston Forest, RAF Friston and the Seven Sisters Country Park. The book includes much un-published material, particularly in relation to the shipwrecks, Friston Forest and flying at RAF Friston.

December 2016 Postscript: 

'A United Kingdom' film.  Ruth Khama served during WW2 at RAF Friston; book contains small section detailing her experiences there in her own words...

New Second Edition.

The text of this Second Edition has been re-edited and considerably extended where new research has disclosed further information. This encompasses additional accounts of shipwrecks, including newly-commissioned scientific research for this book on one of the two great Sussex shipwrecks, that of the exceptionally valuable Spanish ship, the Nympha Americana. Also to be found, are newly discovered details of both sea and river defences and also the early recreational use of the Cuckmere River.

New research has enabled an entirely new chapter, setting out events leading to the creation and early management of the Seven Sisters Country Park at Exceat including its use by the film industry. Excepting this new chapter and Chapters One and Two, the ‘cut-off point’ of the book’s content is approximately the early-1970’s. A number of additional illustrations have also been included, as is a completely new comprehensive index.

 

'PC' wrote in January 2017:  "They're wonderful books and I'd be very grateful if you could sign them for me. I started work as a Visitor Welcome Assistant with National Trust in Aug last year, and have been enjoying copies of the books borrowed from my local library."

 

SECOND EDITION NOW AVAILABLE VIA THIS WEBSITE, OR AT THESE LOCAL STOCKISTS BELOW:

Alfriston: Much Ado Bookshop.

Beachy Head Countryside Centre.

Exceat: Seven Sisters Country Park Centre.

Newhaven: Newhaven Historical Society Museum, Avis Road.

Seaford: Seaford Museum & Historical Society, Martello Tower.

Wadhurst: Barnetts Bookshop.





Sample pictures from Seven Sisters

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Book Details:

  • Size: 210 x 147mm
  • The book consists of 307 pages
  • 67 black and white images
  • Detailed two-page map

“This book is an invaluable study of a famous area of coast and downland by one who is passionately and professionally concerned in its conservation.”
Lady Edna Healey.

In the Footsteps of Time – 
Geology and Landscape of Cuckmere Valley and Downs

In the Footsteps of Time –

Geology and Landscape of Cuckmere Valley and Downs

 

This well-received, illustrated book published in 2006, provides a readable, in-depth source of knowledge on the geology and landscape of an area centred on the Cuckmere Valley in East Sussex. The text concentrates on an area broadly bound by Eastbourne, Newhaven, Lewes and Hailsham, with limited reference to features outside those margins. It is written at an intermediate level for country-lovers, students and all those with an enquiring mind. It is not intended as a substitute for the standard reference books on the subject.

The layout of the book attempts to keep to the principle of a ‘timeline,’ presenting processes and events in chronological order. The book begins with the area’s basic geology starting with its main constituent – chalk, followed by the lesser components: enquiring into their origin, structure and development into today’s landscape. This is followed by chapters on key periods and landscape forms. Key terms are highlighted with further facts provided in numbered text boxes, with a list of further reading at the end of the book.

The focus of this book, is seated within the long chalk spine of the South Downs National Park, part of the English southern chalk uplands. To the east, lie the marshlands of Pevensey Levels; to the north, rise the gentle ridges of the Low Weald, formed of soft clays and sandstones beyond which rises the High Weald. The undoubted ‘stars’ of these landscapes are the spectacular white chalk cliffs between Eastbourne and Seaford including Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters

 

'PC' wrote in January 2017:  "They're wonderful books and I'd be very grateful if you could sign them for me. I started work as a Visitor Welcome Assistant with National Trust in Aug last year, and have been enjoying copies of the books borrowed from my local library."


AVAILABLE VIA THIS WEBSITE OR AT THESE LOCAL STOCKISTS BELOW:

Alfriston: Much Ado Bookshop.

Beachy Head Countryside Centre.

Exceat: Seven Sisters Country Park Centre.

Wadhurst: Barnetts Bookshop.

 

 

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Book Details:

  • Size: 210 x 147mm
  • The book consists of 82 pages
  • 20 black and white images
  • 11 line drawings

Flooding in Cuckmere Valley

Autumn ploughing near Wilmington

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