Pevensey People

The Edwardian tea garden with an ornamental lake.

On 1st December 1951, the famous actress Sally Gray left her mother's house in Rattle Road, Westham and headed to the register office in Hailsham.

Ash trees were not common in Pevensey, but early in the nineteenth century there was a fine ancient specimen in the churchyard of St Nicolas. In November 1839, the vicar decided to cut it down.

On Boxing Day 1936, at his house in Pevensey Bay, a retired Army officer shot his housekeeper and then shot himself.

Horace Field was a legend in his own lifetime. He worked on the marshes as a "looker" for many years. As a looker, his job was to visit and count every day - twice a day at and after lambing time - all the cattle and sheep, numbering thousands during the summer - in fields spread over hundreds of acres of grazing land on Pevensey Marsh.

"At about midnight we reached Pevensey and Westham railway station - a pitch-black night..."

On August 6th 1931, at about 13.30, an exhausted Jim Mollison landed his Gipsy Moth biplane on the beach at Pevensey Bay; by the next day he was one of the best known men in the Empire.

For many years at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the artistic and racy Prinsep family set the tone for Pevensey Bay.

Lily Woolven, the Insubordinate Schoolmistress of Hankham

In December 1803 His Majesty's 88th Regiment of Foot arrived in Westham. It had recently returned from India and Egypt, severely depleted by sickness, and was sent to recover and rebuild in Sussex for three years.