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Caption for Burwash, A Group Of Friends 1889: A linear village along a ridge between the Rother and Dudwell rivers, Burwash prospered in the Wealden iron industry. Then it declined, and found an unsavoury niche as a smuggling and sheep-rustling centre. Here are a group of young citizens of Burwash with rural baby carts (hardly prams) photographed over a century ago. This view freezes yesterday's rural community during the era before the commuter changed everything for ever.

An extract from Sussex Photographic Memories.

Memories of Burwash

My grandmother lived in Burwash and we used to visit often from London. I used to roam around with my mother's younger half sister, picking spring flowers on the lane down to St Joseph's college and getting milk straight off the cooler at the farm there; scrumping or picking blackberries and nuts in the autumn. (...Read full memory)

My grandfather, A J Hurd, was, for a time, Rudyard Kipling's head gardener at Batemans. He, my grandmother and my mother (now Joyce Richardson) and her sister (now Barbara Wainwright) lived in one of the cottages (which still exists) near the mill adjacent to Batemans. In addition to his responsibilities in the (...Read full memory)

I have some very happy memories of growing up in and around Burwash. Both sets of my grandparents lived in Swife Lane. Mr and Mrs Frederick owned Corner Farm, where my mum grew up, and Mr and Mrs Smith lived in Byeways. I remember as a small child, we would go and visit my grandparents. If we stayed at Byeways, we would all (...Read full memory)

I have very fond memories when as a child in the 1950's and early 60's I visted my grandparents who lived in Ham Lane. I still visit from time to time to recall those days. We lived in Hastings and the trip by bus to Burwash was a real adventure [we were easily pleased in those days!]

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