Bridge Cottage – ‘South of the River’ exhibition postponed

Bridge Cottage in Uckfield.

The exhibition planned by Bridge Cottage to celebrate – Framfield Road and Newtown has been postponed until next year.

A spokesperson for Bridge Cottage said  ‘Since we announced that we were holding this exhibition, we have discovered a lot of new material, both hidden in our archives and from people in the local community who have shared information and pictures with us’

‘So much has emerged that unfortunately we won’t be ready to mount a proper exhibition, as advertised, in October.  Rather than leaving half the material out, we have decided to postpone the Exhibition until after Christmas.  The new dates in January for the exhibition will be announced shortly’

‘For those people who were planning to ‘pop in’ and share memories, pictures or ephemera about Framfield Road or New Town with us during the October Exhibition, we are now offering a ‘Drop in’ day on Saturday October 12th from 10-00am to 2.00pm at Bridge Cottage’

‘Come along and share those memories over a cup of coffee!  Hopefully we can then include this material as well in the New Year’

Bridge Cottage Exhibition:

The exhibition will look at the Framfield Road/Newtown area of Uckfield from about the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, using maps, pictures and personal memory.

The coming of the railway in 1858 changed the shape of Uckfield.  Residential building quickly grew up south of the river in the second half of the nineteenth century, leading to the establishment of a thriving residential and commercial community in the New Town/Framfield Road area.  It was said that those living there could get almost everything they needed from the local shops, without having to come into the High Street.

That began to change when Fine Fare opened the first supermarket in Uckfield High Street in the early 1960’s.  The lure of the supermarket led to the inexorable decline of these shops. The area is now largely residential, but within living memory there were pubs, shops, churches, a laundry – everything a thriving community needed.  Many residents still remember them, and if you look carefully you can see evidence of where they were.