Remember, remember the Fifth of November The Gunpowder Treason
Now is the time for marching Now let your hearts be gay Hark to
Seed Merchants Uckfield - Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations
June 28, 2014 at 9:03 pm by v
Now this grand old Cottage looking place in Uckfield took some doing and it took three flybys before Myself, Wife, Son In Law and Grandson finally found a legal and safe way in. We were all having a rest and a think and also at the point of giving up except me, because I had a vision and suddenly I worked it all out and bang we were in. I have trawled the net to no avail for decent info about the place but I am assuming it was built in 1819 by the Date Stone high up on the front of this three storey building (Just Below The Chimney In First Pic) There is also on the Date Stone, the intials “J-K”
Part of it was last known as The Old Warehouse Police Garage whilst the rest were two separate cottages and has now stood abandoned and derelict since at least March 2008, (See Second Pic Below) and the blue colour on the doors tells me it has Sussex Police in its veins. As for a warehouse I am not so sure but I really do think it was once a Corn/Seed Merchants type of store, as below the rotten floorboards I saw all manner of seeds and saw a Spillers Seed Sign in one of the rooms.
In its last days it looks like it was cheaply and badly converted to living accommodation before being bought cheaply around 2007 and then deliberately locked down to rot as it is a Grade II Listed building. Have to say though, that I have never seen so many staircases pro rata to the size of its building.
The following was found on the good ole google search engine. . . “A English Heritage Building Grade II, Listed 11th July 1996 and described thus Industrial building, currently two cottages and a light industrial workshop. Dated 1819 on a stone plaque (Date Stone) to the front with the initials J K. One bay extension to right probably late C19. Ground floor red brick, upper floors tile-hung. Hipped renewed tiled roof with brick chimney stack.
Three storeys; 4 windows and one window space. Windows are either wooden casements or Yorkshire sashes, in cambered openings to ground floor. Wooden steps to first floor with large door. Ground floor has two cambered door cases to cottages, one C20 window, wide industrial door and left side large window of C20 date. Later C19 extension is of 2 storeys with brick ground floor and tile hung first floor and sloping tiled roof”. The pic with the sold sign is the Copyright of Mr Ron Garvey. I took only photos and left only my footprints.
- Abandoned and Derelict (53)
- Articles (548)
- Bonfires In Sussex (130)
- Lewes Bonfire Fundraising (176)
- Lewes Bonfire History (76)
- Lewes Bonfire Movies (14)
- Media, Fun, Blog, Other Stuff (460)
- Poems and Verse (60)
- Religion And Popery (33)
- Songs and Ditties (16)