Monday saw us walking the seafront walk from Seaford to Newhaven in East Sussex, taking in Tidemills, one of several Sussex lost villages. The old village consisted of a large tide mill and numerous workers’ cottages, housing about 100 workers, a shop and a blacksmiths. The village was condemned as unfit for habitation in 1936 and abandoned in 1939. It has also been the site of a WW1 sea-plane station, and in the 1920s a children’s hospital and a racing stables. As you walk around the site the old railway tracks are clearly visible, as are the two mill ponds and building foundations. You can imagine a once thriving community, although the battering from the sea winds must have been brutal in the winter.
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