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New Team Member Helps Confirm Site Plan

Sunday 13th January, 2013 My (nearly) 13 year old niece and my mother, braved the cold to help me find out whether a plan of Newmarket Farm which we had was an accurate representation of the archaeology on the ground. The plan was a copy of the one that was found in documents held in […]

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Newmarket Farm Site Clearance

Thanks to Malcolm Emery and a couple of colleagues from Natural England, as well as a group from the South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service, at least half the site was cleared yesterday (Weds 10th January 2013), and a second day has been planned to complete the job. The farmyard, in the centre of the photo, […]

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Newmarket Farm

Just off to visit Malcolm Emery (E Sussex Reserves Manager, Natural England) at Castle Hill Nature Reserve – helping with the clearing of the Newmarket Farm site. I thought it might be useful for me to quickly post some more images of the site before heading off. This is an artist’s impression of Newmarket Farm. […]

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New WWII Archaeology on the Downs?

Really excited that after a walk to Castle Hill nature reserve, on the side of Newmarket Hill, I may have found some new archaeology! At TQ36470682, just above the edge of the steep sided Newmarket Bottom, was a spread of small (about 1cm diameter) pebbles associated with a 5m diameter roughly levelled off platform. It […]

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Some pictures of Castle Hill Nature Reserve

Just visited the picture website Geograph. It has lots of wonderful pictures people have taken of geographical locations all over the UK. I thought I would load all those that people have taken of Castle Hill Nature Reserve.

Taken in 2010…

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Vegetation investigations, Castle Hill National Nature Reserve by Robin Webster Vegetation investigations, Castle Hill National Nature Reserve by Robin Webster.
Within the enclosure are many 1 m square areas marked out with green string. Castle Hill itself is the hill straight ahead – this part of the reserve is on the slopes of Newmarket Hill. (27 February, 2010)[/caption]

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Good news!

Yesterday I was really pleased to receive a positive reply to my proposal to excavate the site of Newmarket Farm from Natural England’s, Senior Reserves Manager, Malcolm Emery. I wrote my proposal to conduct an archaeological dig shortly before Christmas, and sent a copy to Malcolm Emery, who is responsible for Castle Hill National Nature […]

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Distant memories…

It all started with my mother pointing out that a pile of demolition rubble over the Downs beyond Woodingdean, hidden by nettles and brambles, was her birth place. So I asked her uncle, Dougie Holland – an artist who had distant memories of the farm – to paint a picture of what it might have […]

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Feelin’ epic!!!

My 12 year old niece just told me her favourite word was ‘epic’ – which is what I am feeling right now! Managed to split the latest draft version of our book into manageable chunks and post them as a series of pages on this blog. I even included a couple of images. It is […]

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Book on the Blog!

Feeling frustrated that transferring our book to the blog is taking more time than I thought! But it is a big book – and growing. And I definitely think it is worth the effort. As soon as licencing (copyright) issues have been sorted out, figures will also be added. This includes maps and other illustrations. […]

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Draft copy of book

Off to the printers with a draft copy of our book! A History of Newmarket Farm. The book has a fair way to go before it is finished. There is still more research that we want to do, as well as some of our research which has not yet been included. Nevertheless, it has progressed […]