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Ralf Davey of Woodingdean talks to International Space Station, March 22, 2016

As regular readers will know, I am researching the South Downs near Woodingdean (between Brighton and Lewes, Sussex, England). In 1881, and again in 1901, a David Davey and his family were living just a mile and half away in Newmarket Farm (birth place of my mother). He was an agricultural labourer and carter. In […]

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Keneric Wilson Killed, WW2 Training, Balsdean 1945

The Second World War had a big influence on the Downs east of Brighton centred on the now deserted medieval hamlet of Balsdean. Sometime, probably in May 1942, it was requisitioned to become the ‘Number 3 South Downs Training Area’. This comprised the majority part of the mostly unploughed steep downland hills and valleys between […]

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Happy New Year 2016 – Ends and Beginnings

Another year of my Newmarket Farm project has ended – lots of achievements, and even more planned to be done! A big thank you to all who have helped make it possible. You know who you are!! The picture above marks both the end of Newmarket Farm, birth place of my mother, and of the […]

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Dieppe Raid Training in Balsdean?

The Dieppe Raid – 19th August 1942 – was one of the more tragic episodes of the Second World War. It involved 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British troops, and 50 United States Army Rangers. 3,367 Canadians were killed, wounded or taken prisoner, as well as 275 British commandos. The Royal Navy lost one destroyer and 33 […]

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WW2 Event, Michelham Priory

 An amazing venue with lots of history. The photograph above shows me, head down, working on getting our stand ready at the WW2 Event at Michelham Priory. Little did I know how successful the day would be! The event was bitter-sweet for me. The Second World War saw the destruction of the Newmarket Farm cottage […]

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More Pot Washing at Archaeology South East

We had a good day Friday washing our pot and glass, thanks to the generous offer of the use of Archaeology South East’s finds unit for the day. A total of 6 volunteers managed to wash about half of our finds. It was great to see our finds looking nice clean and shiny. If you […]

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Pot Washing Finds

We excavated some amazing ceramics and glassware, particularly considering the Newmarket Farm was only occupied by farm labourers and their poverty stricken families. Many of these are to be washed on Friday 10th July – do you fancy joining us?

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WW2 & the Woodingdean Downs Talk

Last month I gave a talk as part of the Woodingdean V.E. day commemorations. It was about the demise of Newmarket Farm and the Balsdean downs east of Woodingdean (a village near Brighton), 1938 – 1945. Unfortunately I was so busy (and anxious) researching the talk I didn’t get around to telling many people about […]

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Just About Managing

As you may know I have both AD(H)D, Asperger’s and an above average intelligence. Just like the archetypal mad professor, it is a wonderful combination of traits to have in order to start an exciting and ambitious project. However I do have a tendency to allow things to get out of control 🙂 About 5 […]

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A Great Day at Brighton Museum!

The Whitehawk Camp Family Archaeology Day – at which we had a stall – was a great success. The Museum recorded well over 500 visitors – many of which stopped to admire our display – and very good it looked too, if I say so myself!