Local History Archive

Local History Archive

We are planning to establish a local history archive based at the village hall. Local historian Trish Jones has gathered a wealth of old photographs, documents and artifacts that will be available to view by interested parties, by appointment.

 red cross training exercise outside the iron room mvhall

A St.John Ambulance Association training exercise
about 1910. A farm wagonhas been used to transport the ‘casualty’, who is then being carried on a stretcher to the waiting nurses.
The fence of Keepers Cottage is on the left of the picture.

 original group of gypsum miners with joel kemp mvh

A group of Mountfield Gypsum mine workers photographed about 1900. 
 
 
 

the landlord and his family from the bell help with haymaking at vinehall f

 This picture was taken on Vinehall Farm around 1905 and shows the Curtis family, from the Bell Inn, helping to build a haystack. Mrs Curtis, 3rd from the right, has brought refreshments for the workers, presumably a jug of beer from the Inn!

                Trish Jones has published two books, comprising fascinating collections of Mountfield in old photographs.

mvh poster1

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Volume 1 & 2 of the history of Mountfield in words and pictures
Each book contains nearly 200 historic photographs of the
people and places of this village £7.50 each
(cheques made payable to Mountfield Village Hall)
Available from Trish Jones Church Cottages, Mountfield, East Sussex TN32 5JS
01580 880431 trish.mountfeld@hotmail.co.uk
(if books require posting, contact Trish for postage costs)


 Also available from Trish is the following account of the Mountfield Hoard found in the field beside Taylor’s Cottage by Trevor Sully.

‘ A winter’s day in Mountfield in 1863 – the twisted tangle of dirty yellow metal ploughed out of the earth in the Barn Field at Taylors Farm meant little to the finder, but Silas Thomas and his brother-in-law had a very good idea what had been found, but did not expect such far-reaching consequences……’
Written by the great-grandson of Silas Thomas, this is a true story about real people in Victorian Mountfield, using their own words wherever possible this story reveals how the finding of the Mountfield Hoard helped shape the law relating to treasure trove.
£7.50
(cheques made payable to S Sully)
Available from
Trish Jones
Church Cottages, Mountfield, East Sussex TN32 5JS
01580 880431
trish.mountfeld@hotmail.co.uk
(if books require posting, contact Trish for postage costs)

 mountfield hoard poster

For those interested in local history and conservation of the local landscape, the Darwell Area Conservation Society (DACS) may be of interest – see their website http://savedarwell.wordpress.com.

Their aim is to protect the environment around the Darwell Reservoir, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). DACS originated to fight intrusive development but as well as campaigning, the society will have a wider purpose in helping everyone to enjoy, improve and learn more about the area.