Seven Sisters –
The History Behind the View


Book cover of Seven Sisters by Monty Larkin

This is a captivating local history of one of England’s ‘jewels in the crown,’ – the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere valley area, situated in the South Downs.  What is revealed by this work will fascinate local people, visitors and students of the locality alike.  Above all, it is an accurate source of detailed knowledge. It is a record of life and times within a classic piece of the English Landscape.  It is both the acknowledged and most popular text book on this area.



“I have just placed a second order for your wonderful book, I’m learning so much about the area and history in general – it’s brilliant.”  – Charlotte C, Seaford.

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Click on the Monty’s Blog button above or below, to visit my blog…  If on your first visit, click on “About Monty’s Blog” concerning general layout.  It contains a wealth of information on a diverse range of subject areas, mainly with an environmental flavour but also containing cultural, humanitarian, shipping and politics etc.  It also contains my own more notable sightings and some of my opinions.

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Badger with cattle in the background

Wildlife & Landscape Conservation

Between 1992 – 2005 I was the Sussex Downs Conservation Board’s eastern area Field Officer, based at Exceat.  Following this, I was both founder and Grazing Co-ordinator of the Sussex Pony Grazing & Conservation Trust until 2015.  The Trust carried out conservation grazing with its 85 ‘free-living’ Exmoor ponies in the South Downs National Park, the Ashdown Forest AONB area and several other lowland heath areas in East Sussex, helping to conserve chalk grassland and heathland landscapes together with their rich flora and fauna which depend upon routine grazing…

Now retired(?), I have become involved with managing part of a large area of specie-rich ancient woodland in the High Weald.

About Monty Larkin

Monty Larkin with a ponyI hope that what is available on these webpages will be of interest to those who: i) are country-loving people; ii) wish to purchase my books or services, and iii) be of interest to those with concerns for the well-being for planet Earth. I sincerely hope that you’ll enjoy and possibly make the odd interesting discovery… 


Concerning environment and sustainability: “There is no big fix.  All I can say is it involves everything we do, for ever.  How much energy you use in your car, where the wood comes from in the furniture in your house.  In the end it’s a kind of morality, a conservation morality that is required.”  David Attenborough, speaking in November 2000.


Though brought up in a small town, I was never more than twenty minutes walk from the rolling acres of the South Downs. The Cuckmere valley, where that silken thread of a river is cradled within those soft chalk uplands, I’ve known virtually all my life. My earliest memories being of family picnics… 

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View of the Sussex Countryside

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