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Sidley History - Cottages Next To New Inn

posted by Chris on 13 Jan 2011 at 10:13 pm

According to oral family history some cottages (Black and wooden) used to stand next to the New Inn, but the land was sold just after or before WW2 and demolished to make way for other housing. These cottages were owned by someone in the Spray family and may even have been known locally as "Spray's Cottages". I am interested to find out which "Spray" owned them before they were sold. I know a Spray was living there in the 1880's and 1890's but am interested in anything relating to after about 1910. Any clues gratefully received.

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Sidley History - Cottages Next To New Inn

posted by Margaret on 20 Jan 2011 at 2:41 pm

I've been researching Sidley's history for many years. They were indeed called Sprays Cottages, there were 6 of them. They stood along the road that runs up the back of the green from the junction of Bank Road and Ninfield Road to Glovers Lane. The postal address of the flats since built there is 'Sidley Green', which was once the name of the whole village. Numbers 1 to 5 were joined together, then there was a gap and No 6 was a small brick cottage that appears in several old photos of the New Inn. I've been trying to track down a photo of the others for many years with no success. It is said that in the late 19th century the owner was a Mr Spray who had much property in Sidley and was a brother of Walter Spray and wife Elizabeth who were living in the one known as 'Black House' from at least 1871 to 1891. That seems to be the one that stood where the Dentist's surgery is now. The cottages were still there in the 1950s, not sure when they were demolished. I never saw the going of them. If you find out any more, please let me know.

Sidley History- Hazel Grove?

posted by Jenny on 17 Feb 2011 at 4:06 pm

Wasnt sure whether to start a new thread or continue on this one, seeing as the title is relating to history in Sidley!
Does anyone know how old the houses are in what used to be known as ''Hazel Grove'', now known as Camperdown street?
Also anyone know what used to be on ths land before houses wee built?
Strange how the road name should change, anyone shed any light on that also please?
Thank you

Re Camperdown Street

posted by jane on 31 Mar 2011 at 8:52 pm

l was born at no 44 camperdown street in 1949
Both off my brother who are older were born there as well. We move out when l 3years old


posted by keith sadler on 28 Jun 2011 at 9:15 pm

i was born and breed in sidley my uncle had the barber shop joe sadler in sidley street. i remember the cottages were richards was mrs belchamber lived in there and also rember the 2 blacksmiths and sidley pond any one who remembers me please contact me,

Keith Sadler (Nobby)

posted by Weerzmefags on 12 Aug 2011 at 5:44 pm

Hi Keith, do you have any photos of prefabs where you lived..... Do you still ride a bike?
Check out SIDLEY page on facebook

The New Inn

posted by Sheila on 07 Sept 2011 at 12:24 pm

Does anyone know anything of the history of The New Inn in Sidley around 1920? My Uncle Henry was born there in March 1920 and I believe his parents William and Muriel Morley were running it.

Do You Remember!

posted by Vera Otto on 22 Jan 2012 at 10:28 am

I am trying to trace relatives of my friend. Kenneth Howard. He remembers staying at an old Blacksmiths in Sidley many years ago and the people there had a lovely parrot.If you can remember anything like this, Please contact me.

Sidley History - Hazel Grove?

posted by Margaret Cullingworth on 18 Mar 2012 at 12:55 am

Jenny - re your message of 17 February 2011, what makes you think that Camperdown Street used to be called Hazel Grove? I've been researching Sidley history for many years and have never heard that! Before the houses were built, the land was called Popes Field. Planning application for the first 32 houses was granted in 1898. There IS a road called Hazel Grove on the modern estate between Turkey Road and Gunters Lane, on the site of the old Bexhill Grammar Schools.

Sprays Cottages

posted by jenny nee wilson on 22 Mar 2012 at 2:08 pm

my gran lived in no 1 sprays cottages next to burrows corner shop her name was Hannah wilson I too have been looking for a photo of the cottages . have only seen a sketch of them in a book called images of england BEXHILL ON SEA by Julian Porter which does have a great photo of the Turner brothers Forge I have two of these books which have great pics of Sidley Bexhill & Little Common dont know if there are others Been in Australia since 1965

Reply To Margaret Cullingworth

posted by Jenny on 02 Apr 2012 at 12:19 am

Hello Margaret. Thank you for your reply to my post here regarding Camperdown Street.
The info you gave me was interesting.
The multi map describes Camperdown Street as Hazel grove, also many people's sat navs describe this road as Hazel Grove!Very strange, but yes I agree I know where the modern estate you are referring to that has that name.
So the first 32 houses may be approx 113 yrs old? Interesting, thank you Margaret.

Camperdown St

posted by Keith Holdsworth on 03 Jan 2013 at 4:00 am

I lived at No 41 with my aunt Gladys in 1953 and again in 1956.

Mill House , Sidley

posted by Robert Hulland - Rumley on 16 Apr 2013 at 12:45 pm

Hi , Does anybody have any history on Mill House , Ninfield Road , which was attached to Sidley Mill ( built 1723 and transported to Leigh in Kent in 1928 ). The old house seems to have gone aroun d 1939 ( Bombed ?? ) and a new one seems to have been erected c 1980 although the old wall still looks to remain .
Any photos on this and the mill before it moved would also be appreciated .
Thanks .

WWI Local Soldiers

posted by Roy Ransom on 12 Jun 2013 at 6:24 pm

Fredrick Ransom sgt dcm mm croix de guerre
7th batt royal sussex regt g574
9 north road Sidley

son of frederick and Caroline ransom
brothers and sisters all of the same address

St Marys Cottages

posted by kay Loveland on 19 Sept 2013 at 7:04 pm

does anyone know when st marys cottages ninfield were built.and were the two end ones added later as they have no chimneys. we are thinking of moving near there,

Mill House

posted by jo smith on 03 Oct 2013 at 9:31 am

I am researching for our local War Memorial project down here in the New Forest, and have a reference for a Patrick Ahern who gives his address in Dec 1944 as Mill House, Sidley, Bexhill on Sea. So obviously some property was still standing there towards the end of the war. Does this family name still have any relevance for anyone connected with Sidley?

New Inn And Sidley

posted by Maureen Newport on 09 Dec 2013 at 3:46 pm

I have been reading the messages above with great interest. I do like the New Inn and Sidley. Does anyone know if a book has been written. If not, Margaret maybe you should look into it. I would be willing to help.

Leweslass Cottages

posted by Ken Morris on 17 Sept 2014 at 1:54 pm

Many of my wife's family have lived in Sidley and I am asking on her behalf if anyone knows anything about 'Leweslass Cottages' in Ninfield Road, are they still there or have they gone and also about a couple of allotments called 'The Winds'. We would love to know if anyone can help us with this.
many thanks
Ken Morris

Glovers Cottage

posted by Linda Jeffery on 01 Nov 2014 at 9:57 pm

Does anyone know where Glovers Cottage was? my g grandfather & his family living there in 1891 census, I know where the farm house is/was but not the cottage

Old Photos Of Sidley

posted by Carol Pullem on 17 Mar 2015 at 8:13 am

Have written a novel and for the front cover need photo of pub, cottages, farms in Sidley. Was born and raised there. Would be interested to visit and view photos

Sidley Street

posted by Stephen Berridge on 24 Nov 2015 at 9:29 pm

I'm interested in researching images of Sidley Street c.1911, as my Great-Grand parents (the Carey's) lived there, and I'm researching the family history. In addition my Great-Grandmother, Rosa May Carey, lived in one of the Spray Cottages c.1940's.

"The Nook" Ninfield Road Sidley

posted by Julie on 03 Feb 2016 at 2:53 am

I am interested in obtaining information concerning "The Nook" Ninfield Road Sidley
Gt Uncle and Aunt lived there from about 1920 to mid 1930s - also doing family history
Any photos of the cottage by chance


Camperdown Street

posted by Michelle on 12 Jul 2016 at 2:05 pm

I have been digging in my garden and have come along a concrete square roughly 3 foot by 3 foot but don't know how far it Gose down yet it's in the middle of you garden can any one help me .

Sidley Working Mens Club

posted by James on 18 Aug 2016 at 2:11 pm

Hi i am looking for information & photographs for Sidley working mens club. I understand it was founded in the 1890's but i haven't got any documents or photographs. Many thanks

Sidley Tunnels

posted by Alayner Strange on 10 Jan 2017 at 10:58 am

Hi I'm wondering if anyone knows how I can get information about where the smuggling tunnels and direction they went.Many Thanks

History Of New Inn

posted by Teresa Lorimer on 27 Feb 2017 at 3:56 pm

I would be interested in any history of the New Inn. My great, great, great grandfather George Neve lived there in 1861. I am not sure if he was the landlord or whether he was living with one of his children. We are planning a visit soon. George's son, also George married the daughter of the landlord of the Red Lion at Hooe Theresa Cuthbert. Yes that's where I get my name from. Would love more info. Thank you

History Of New Inn

posted by Margaret on 04 Apr 2017 at 11:03 pm

Hi Teresa Lorimer. Please email me.

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