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New publication

The Great Storm - Ditchling 1987: £5.00

On 16th October 1987, we emerged from our homes to new horizons as we took in the devastation of the previous night's storm and realised the extent of the damage not only to our homes but to the countryside.  30 years on, Ditchling History Project presents the story of the storm as told by members of our community.  Memories detail moments of humour amidst the tales of destruction and difficulty.  On the other hand, diary entries from 30 years ago reveal a far greater sense of shock, loss and disbelief.


Copies of The Great Storm - Ditchling, 1987 are available from Clifford Dann or via our online shop.  If you live in the village, please email us so we can arrange to deliver a copy of the book without incurring any postal charges.


Juli Saunders' memory of the Great Storm is 'waking in the night listening to the wind, oh my goodness! ... opening the living room window on the 2nd floor to keep an eye on the shop hanging sign was very tricky. Eventually the sign blew off and luckily did not smash the shop window but went into a doorway a few houses up the street. While hanging out of the window to see where it landed the wind took the curtain ... I came across it a few week later in the gutter opposite the Scout Hut in East End Lane, I live in the High Street.


We've selected some of our favourite pages by way of introduction to the work of the Ditchling History Project - follow the links below and then explore the rest of the site.  If you have any questions or can tell us anything about your experiences of living in Ditchling, we would love to hear from you.


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 QUITE A DIFFERENT KIND OF LIFE IN DITCHLING

WINDOWS ON DITCHLING - A QUIZ


FINDING GRAVES AT ST MARGARET'S CHURCH

CONTRIBUTE TO THE ORAL HISTORY ARCHIVE

 WWI MEDALS RETURN TO DITCHLING: SEPT 2015

DITCHLING CHARACTER TALKS

JULY 1820 - THE FORGED FIVER

THE DITCHLING WAR MEMORIAL

ST MARGARET'S CHURCH: A HISTORY BY RICHARD ALLEN

WHERE WOULD YOU BE TO GET THIS VIEW?

Ditchling Families remember those who fell in the two World Wars

DITCHLING'S MEN AT THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME

 THOMAS BROOKER, OCTOBER 1916

KENNETH AND ALLEN BARCLAY, WWI

FRANK ELLIS UPSHALL, WWI

REMEMBERING HARRY LEGG WHO DIED 75 YEARS AGO IN WWII