Historians ask to dig up tracts of Seaford land for WW1 centenary research

The Argus: Seaford Head Seaford Head

Historians could dig up public land in the search for World War One artefacts.

Sussex Archaeological Society (SAS) has approached Seaford Town Council about excavating land in the area.

Potential sites include Chyngton Farm, where rubbish from a nearby camp was discarded and Seaford Head, which was home to huts and practice trenches.

Other areas include Cuckmere Haven, which was used as a firing range and Dymock Farm, which was used as a gas chamber for training.

According a report to town councillors, which will be discussed today: “The work would engage with the public, especially schools, to raise awareness of the town's involvement in the Great War.

“Much of this heritage remains unknown to the local community and, with further proposals to work with Seaford Museum, the results will be made available for public viewing.”

The request from Luke Barber, at the SAS, would mark the centenary of the start of the conflict.

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4:11pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Indigatio says...

Wasn't there a seaplane base at Tide Mills during the latter part of the 1st World War?
Wasn't there a seaplane base at Tide Mills during the latter part of the 1st World War? Indigatio

4:13pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Indigatio says...

I should have "Googled" before I posted! Yes there was and there is even a photo:
http://www.rpt-genea
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I should have "Googled" before I posted! Yes there was and there is even a photo: http://www.rpt-genea logy.co.uk/uploads/2 /1/0/0/21001226/4375 825_orig.jpg Indigatio

8:52pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

What's happening in Newhaven this year? Wasn't Newhaven massively involved with WW1 transporting goods and troops to the front?
What's happening in Newhaven this year? Wasn't Newhaven massively involved with WW1 transporting goods and troops to the front? Telscombe Cliffy

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