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Moulsecoomb Home Farm 1889

Feeding The City

From the late eighteenth century (when the Royal Court arrived at Brighton) the sheep and corn economy was gradually replaced by a farm economy which catered directly to the rapidly expanding urban market. Big farms like Hollingdean were carved out of the sheep pastures and strip-cultivated open fields. Moulsecoomb Place and Hodshrove Farm would have had a more immediate market too, in supplying the soldiers down the road at the new Preston Barracks. These farms, and the field gardens and smallholdings that sprang up around them, would have produced dairy products, poultry, pigs, vegetables and fruit, grains, mutton, wood and beef.
   

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