Entrance hall display

Learn more about the history of Bridge Cottage Next time you are at Bridge Cottage be sure to take a look at the new display in our entrance hall which tells the story of this medieval building and who lived here over the centuries.   Uckfield & District Preservation Society look

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Holy Cross Church spire cap at Bridge Cottage

Holy Cross Church spire cap The original Holy Cross church was built during the medieval period and demolished (except for the base of the tower and the Chancel window) in 1839. The present church was then rebuilt in 1840 with a new spire. At the top of the spire a

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WW2 Talk: Captain Ron Taylor S.O.E

On Thursday 5th July 2018 we hosted a talk by one of our Uckfield & District Preservation Society members, Diane Grainger.  Di spoke about her Dad, Captain Ron Taylor and his interesting life.  Ron Taylor was born in Brighton in 1916 to a family who were notorious in Brighton for

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EqualiTeas at Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre

On Monday 25th June we hosted an EqualiTeas event.  Local people joined us at Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre in Uckfield for this nationwide event where we were able to celebrate and chat about the 100 years since women gained the partial vote in The Representation of the People Act 1918 –

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Women of Wealden Suffrage Exhibition launches

Monday 21st May 2018 Today we launched our new exhibition ‘Women of Wealden Suffrage’ exploring and celebrating the story of local Suffragists. Opening the exhibition today was Vice-Chair Wealden District Council Pam Doodes and the first female MP for Wealden Nus Ghani along with special guests The Daisy Belles and Uckfield College drama students

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UCKFIELD & URBAN HISTORY

UCKFIELD & URBAN HISTORY Uckfield will feature in a national symposium on “Urban History Outside the Academy” on Friday 25th May at Leeds Beckett University.   Scholars and active citizens are demonstrating the various ways that the subject influences everyday life. Other, bigger places to be covered include the Black Country,

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Sussex Graves and Gravestones

Tonight here at Bridge Cottage we were treated to a fascinating talk by Kevin Gordon Bridge Cottage was packed for this fully booked talk where Kevin took us on a virtual tour of interesting Sussex gravestones and graveyards.  One such story was that of an Irishman, Edward Kenealy. He was a

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Anglo-Saxon Workshop with Yr 4 St.Philips School

On Monday 5th February 2018, the Education Team at Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre welcomed year 4 from St. Philip’s Primary School, Uckfield for a workshop on Anglo-Saxon life.   Year 4 all made Saxon bread with Maria (pictured here dressed in authentic Saxon costume). The children mixed wholemeal wheat flour,

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Appeal to find descendants of Mr T.V. Barford

Can you help find the Barford descendants? Tony Gerrard & Susan Meadows moved into their house ‘Foscote’ on Maresfield Park in 1978.  They bought the house from an elderly Mrs Barford.  Unbeknown to them an old metal suitcase sat in a hidden corner of their loft.  Within the suitcase was

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A Victorian Christmas

On Thursday 7th December we were treated to a Victorian Christmas at Bridge Cottage.  Our Heritage Education officers Maria & Nicola gave us a talk about Victorian Christmas customs including the origins of Christmas cards, crackers, Boxing Day and the foods and drinks served.         Here pictured

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