November 2017


LATEST ON THE TIMELINE : From Bridge Farm to Westham, the untold story of Pevensey School


1905Pevensey Bay Railway StationPevensey Bay railway station serves Pevensey Bay in East Sussex, England. It is on the East Coastway Line, and train services are provided by Southern. It was opened by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway on 11 September 1905, and was originally named Pevensey Bay Halt.
1908Anderida ExcavationsExtensive excavations in the grounds of Anderida, many finds including Roman pottery and a Roman well.
1908A Strange, Terrible Case of InfanticideAt the Sussex Assizes at Lewes yesterday— before Mr Justice Jelf—the charge of murder preferred against Mary Ann Farquharson was proceeded with. The charge was that, on 14th May, she, in Pevensey, feloniously, wilfully, and of her malice aforethought killed and murdered her child,
1910The Sad Passing of Archdeacon SuttonThe sad death of Archdeacon Robert Sutton at his home in Pevensey twelve days after slipping from the pavement in Cheapside, London and being struck by a handcart which fractured his thigh. He refuses to go to hospital or seek medical attention from a doctor instead demanding a cab be hailed for him, which he takes straight to London Bridge where he boards a train straight home to his beloved Pevensey.
1920War MemorialA design submitted by Mr. C. Francis of Eastbourne for the new war memorial tablet to be situated in Pevensey Parish Church, has been accepted. It will be five feet by three and a half feet, the centre being of statuary marble and the bordering of alabaster.
1920Pevensey Servicemen Return HomeWelcome home dinner held for returned servicemen held at the Royal Oak Hotel, Pevensey. A silent toast was drunk to the eleven Pevensey men who had not returned, Mr G Penfold remarked that seven of the eleven were former scholars of his at Pevensey School.
1920Live Mine Washes AshoreA live mine was washed ashore at Pevensey Bay on Sunday. It was made safe and left on the beach.
1926JB Harris-BurlandNovelist JB Harris-Burland dies in Pevensey Bay aged 56
1927Peter Pevensie—'England's Gate' and the Lion the Witch and the WardrobePeter is the eldest of the four Pevensie children and shares his adventures in Narnia with his sisters Susan and Lucy and with his brother Edmund. His date of birth is given as '1927'.
1931Sir Thomas StantonA verdict of suicide while of unsound mind was returned at the inquest at Pevensey Bay this afternoon on Sir Thomas Stanton (65), the scientist who was found dead there yesterday.
1931Australian pilot Mr J.A. MollisonYoung Australian pilot J.A. Mollison lands dramatically in bad weather on the beach at Pevensey Bay on the last hop of his lone record-breaking flight from Australia.
1935Beachlands, The Avenue leading to the seaAll the Bungalows except 3 have now been sold in this delightful Avenue leading to the Sea. Other attractive roads and closes are being laid where Bungalows can be had from £395 to £1 ISO and Houses from £669 to £1250.
1936The First Postage Stamp MachineThe Hailsham Rural District Council have granted permission to the Eastbourne Postmaster to fix a stamp vending machine to the post box outside the Post Office at Pevensey Bay.
1936Fatal Shootings in Pevensey BayThe fatal shooting of Captain T. Story (43), 'worse for wear for drink and in possession of a revolver' and his housekeeper Mrs Charlotte Holland (50) in Pevensey Bay.
1937The Pevensey Bay Rate Strike!The half-yearly batch of rate summonses against defaulters In the area of the Hailsham Rural District Council were dealt with at a special Hailsham Police Court on Tuesday and 311 summonses were issued, but in a great number of cases, payment was forthcoming after the summonses had been served.
1938Fire at the Country ClubThe country club at Pevensey Bav Sussex, was destroyed by fire early on Saturday morning, but the Eastbourne and Pevensey fire brigades saved adjoining bungalows and garages.
1938Airplane Lands on BeachA British Airways high-speed monoplane landed on the beach at Pevensey Bay Friday afternoon. It was flying from Paris to Croydon and was 14 miles from the English coast when engine trouble developed. The pilot, Captain E. P. Palmer, radioed 808, but managed to reach land and made a perfect landing on the beach.
1938St Agnes Children's HomeThe St. Agnes' Home, Pevensey Bay, seaside branch the St Nichols’ and St Martin's Orthopedic Hospital, Pynford, Surrey, made possible mainly by the Church of England Waifs and Strays Society and the Children's Union, was opened by Lady Beatrix Wilkinson (president of the Children's Union) and dedicated by the Bishop of Lewes
1938Man Killed by TrainJohn Fullegar (32) killed by the train he was opening the Pevensey Bay crossing gates for, apparently forgetting about the train that was due!
1940Fortress PevenseyWith the dark and dire threat of invasion hanging over southern England and Germany’s rampant 9th Army waiting rapaciously just across the channel,

Pevensey Bay has been identified by a British Army report as being ‘exceptionally vulnerable’ following the fall of France and the miraculous rescue of our badly mauled expeditionary force from the beaches of Dunkirk.
1946Post Office arrives in Pevensey BayThe Minister of Health has issued his consent to the use of the semi-basement and one room on the ground floor of Richmond House, Pevensey Bay as a sub-post office.
1947Robert WyndhamRobert Wyndham, actor, producer and veteran of over one thousand parachute jumps, drowns whilst bathing in the sea at Pevensey Bay.
1960The Elvers Under the BridgeWalking to catch the school train at Pevensey Bay Halt on a grey May morning in 1960, I glanced over the low wall at the south east corner of the bridge spanning the River Haven at Bridge End, next to Banks Farm, to see part of the annual migration of elvers.
1964Peter Sellers and the two hour show in the old St. Wilfrid's hallDudley Baker-Beale, who grew up in the Bay offered a fascinating insight into the character of Peter Sellers. He gives an account of an ad hoc ‘one-man show’ that Peter Sellers put on in the old St. Wilfrid’s Hall for visiting pensioners, here in Pevensey Bay, around 1964, at the height of the first wave of international fame that surrounded him.
2000Ethel Mary WoodPEVENSEY BAY'S Red Cross Hall is to be re-named the Ethel Wood Community Centre when it is bought from the Red Cross by the parish council. The sale is going through at present. Ethel Wood was born and bred in the village and helped run lunch clubs at the hall. She died earlier this year; she was 88]