Round Patcham with Geoff Mead

On the first of December I joined a tour with about 14 other folk, guided by Geoff, to learn more about Patcham village, a suburb of Brighton since 1928, but once a village 3 miles north of Brighton, and back in Saxon times held by Earl Harold (yes – the one who may have lost an eye, and did lose his life at the Battle of Hastings, after he had become king).

We started outside the Co-op, and the other 1920s brick shopping parade opposite, on the old London Road, on the site of a long gone village pond.  We walked up to the 1920’s built Black Lion pub, moved to this location on the new road when the village was by-passed.

We walked up Church Hill, lined with small cottages, nearly all listed building now, to the church, site of yet another pond, a dovecote (listed ancient monument) and one of the longest barns in Sussex (converted to homes in the 1980s)

Geoff told us that this dovecote is perhaps the oldest built structure in Brighton

Geoff told us that this dovecote is perhaps the oldest built structure in Brighton

Not an ancient tithe bard, but probably built in the 17th or 18th century.  A sign of the wealth in farming then - corn, sheep and wool.

Not an ancient tithe bard, but probably built in the 17th or 18th century. A sign of the wealth in farming then – corn, sheep and wool.

 

 

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