Jeff Holman – Bridge Cottage

Bridge Cottage in Uckfield.

Jeff Holman from Bridge Cottage talking to Jacqui Rushton about Bridge Cottage and what people can find on the website.

Here is a summary:

The local history archive in Bridge Cottage contains a growing number of books, maps, photographs, memories, objects etc, donated largely by local people. We’ve always been very grateful for these.  Together, they add to our record of the history of Uckfield and the surrounding areas, and have provided much of the content of recent exhibitions in Bridge Cottage.  With this in mind, can we please make two requests?

First, if you are using time at home to have a good clear out, have you come across anything that could be added to the archive?  It might be a picture of family members at work locally, memories of time at school, or in a youth or sports club.  There may be pictures, programmes, catalogues etc relating to shops, or a street 30 years (or 100 years) ago, carnivals, trains – if it adds to our store of local knowledge, we would love to see it.

Secondly, when the town emerges from the grip of the virus, we will want to put together a record of how people managed, and how the community responded.  We will give more details when we can get started on this project, but for now, if you have information relevant to this work, please bear us in mind.

Clearly, we are not in a position to receive anything, or to meet people, at the moment, so we will make contact again when things improve.  However, if you would like to notify us of anything relating to either of these requests, you can email us at  We will respond, but it may not be for some time.  Please don’t ring us – there’s no-one in the office!

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