November 2017


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

IMAGE CREDIT: Cambridge University Museum of Zoology

The story of the Pevensey Whale, the giant finback washed up on the beach here in Pevensey Haven on 13 November 1865 is now well known here in Pevensey Bay.

The new multi-million pound architectural annexe at the Museum of Zoology in Cambridge, which now houses the skeleton of the 71 ft long whale, has breaking news tomorrow (Friday 24 November).

Bay Life understands that public access on a limited basis may be about to take place to view the skeleton, in the run up to the long awaited opening of the museum now billed for March 2018.

The skeleton is hung between two floors giving access and viewing points all around.

See Pevensey Timeline Association Chair, Dianne Dear, (who is also publisher of Bay Life) talk to Sarah Smith from BBC Soutb East about the day the whale was washed up here where the story started.

UPDATE 24 November 2017, post by Cambridge Musuem of Zoology confirms Whale Hall now open two days a week
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Come and take a peek at what’s happening in our Whale Hall before the Museum reopens in March 2018. The Whale Hall, at the entrance to the Museum, is now open on Fridays and Saturdays 12 noon – 4pm each week and houses our largest specimen, the 70ft long Finback Whale. We are working as hard as we can to get the Museum open, and will be opening on 27 March 2018. Once open the Museum will have new displays, café and shop. Please bear with us during the re-development programme, it will be worth the wait!
Cambridge Museum of Zoology, 24 November 2017


Dear Sir/Madam,

I am researching my family history and visited Pevensey last week. I visited the church and saw the war memorial inside which commemorates one of my cousins. While I was there I tried to find Bridge Farm where my family once lived, but I presume that the cottage is no longer there.

However, I was very interested indeed to find the Pevensey timeline website and the article “From Bridge Farm to Westham, the untold story of Pevensey School”, and to get to see a beautiful picture of the cottage.

I’m very keen to try to find out more information about my great grandmother’s cousin Jesse Banks who was sadly killed in the First World War, and his parents James and Agnes Banks. Agnes was my great great grandfather’s sister, and I believe she probably lived in Pevensey until her death in 1941 although I couldn’t find a gravestone in the churchyard.

I wonder if you might possibly be able to put me in touch with one of the contributors to the article mentioned, Eric Banks, who I believe is a distant relative. I also read an article in The Sussex Express that mentioned Jesse’s war medal was found and returned to Eric a few years ago.

I would love to find out if anyone has any information about James and Agnes, and I’m particularly keen to find out if any photographs exist of the couple and their children.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to hearing from you with any information that might be helpful in tracing my family.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Lennard

IMAGE CREDIT: Richard Lennard
Any information can be sent to us here info@pevenseytimeline.co.uk

VIEW ALBUM HERE: Chris Haley, 1932

Hi there

I wonder if by any chance you have any information on Pevensey Bay in the 1930s, or could you point me in the direction of someone who might have such information. Is there maybe an information centre or museum in the area?

My mother and her family had camping holidays each year in Pevensey between the years of 1932 and 1939.

I believe the holidays were organised by their church in the East End of London.

I have an album of old photos of each year of those holidays and am planing a visit, along with my cousin, in September. We thought it would be great if we could try and identify the area where they might have stayed. I know it is a long shot but found your site via an internet search and thought it was worth a try.

Kind regards, Chris Haley

EDITOR RESPONSE: Fabulous, yes we ail do everything we can to help. We have 1,000 page views to our web platform every day and we have a broadsheet newspaper called the Pevensey Bay Journal which is published monthly.

The first thing we ail do is to publish your message on both the web platform and in the newspaper. This will be a very interesting search on behalf of you and your family, and people here love their local history, so I am sure that will be of value to get you some answers. Maybe send us a few of the photos to get the searches started? We could then get people thinking and searching if that is what you would like to do.

The other thing to do as a suggestion is to send an email to info@pevenesytimeline.co.uk. (have a look at the web platform www.pevenseytimeline.co.uk)this is group of researchers studying the 2,000 year history of Pevensey.If anyone wants to make coment or conatct, they can email us at info@peveneybaylife.co.uk

Hopefully, our search will be of value to you and your family. When you visit in September, we may be able to find someone to show you round some of these places if they are in the Pevensey or Pevensey Bay locality.

You are very welcome.

RESPONSE TO EDITOR: Re: Camping in Pevensey Bay 1930s

As you suggested, here is a selection of photos from the album I told you about. Please pass them on to anyone you think might be interested. If we can come up with any information regarding the whereabout of the campsite that will be a bonus. Look forward to continuing the correspondence.

Kind regards, Chris Haley

VIEW ALBUM HERE: Chris Haley, 1932