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OS Map reproduced from 1880 (with kind permission of Ordnance Survey) depicting a very rural scene.

Allotments and smallholdings

From the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century there was a parallel development of a working class self-help economy with allotments and smallholdings. The whole of east Hollingdean, the southern slope of Bevendean Valley, parts of Moulsecoomb Valley and much of Whitehawk Hill, Valley and Race Hill were devoted to allotments, interspersed with smallholdings. This represented a partial victory for the long-fought labour movement's demands for access to land, and many of the allotments were set up as a direct result of a series of Acts of Parliament. It is this economy that this book celebrates, and though much has been lost to housing, much still remains, and some of it is now part of the new Local Nature Reserves including our site which is within the Wild Park Local Nature Reserve.

   

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