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19th Century Map viewing the area of Beaconthorpe and the Mission Room.

In 1834, at the end of what is now Poplar road, was built a Beacon to aid shipping.  This was constructed by the Admiralty and was built of huge timbers to resist the fierce storms that sometimes sweep down on our coast. The central section was surmounted by a...

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In the 14th century fishing was of course, an important industry.  In the Humber, one of the most prolific ports in catching and distributing fish, was that of Ravenerodd, a town across the Humber situated close to where Spurn Point is now. At this time, this port was larger than...

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It is certainly true that much of the area currently known as Sidney Sussex was mainly a rough common until the early nineteenth century.  Indeed it was a marshy common stretched  over most of this area nearly up to Old Clee Church and known as Smallfleets Common. However it must not...

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highwaymen and respectable highwaymen

From as early as the 13th century, highwaymen had been a problem in our area but there were severe penalties when such ‘gentlemen of the road’ were caught. One such example was a resident of Oole who owned land there and at Itterby but nevertheless took advantage of the...

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Piracy, Wrecking and Smuggling

In the Middle Ages wrecking and piracy became common place in many areas near the sea. Our area in the fourteenth and fifteenth century were said to be leaders in both practices and became a normal way of life for many local families. As far as wrecking went, one...

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The Normans

The trouble for our quite and remote area and for that matter, the whole of England, came to a head suddenly at the Battle of Senlac Hill.  This was the ridge or hill where Harold Godwinson was defeated by William Duke of Normandy. We know it better, as the...

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Our area may well have had a few mud huts (Cotes) built by the Saxons but if not, it would certainly have been used for some of their hunting and fishing activities, as our area in Sidney Sussex was but a stones throw away from their main hamlet built...

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anglo saxon rider

Let us admit from the start that we have little evidence of Romans in our area with the exception that the Fosse Way, which extended from Exeter through Bath and eventually Lincoln to the coast, could not have terminated very far from our area. Having little evidence of Roman visitors,...

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