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Sussex Industrial Heritage by Colin Tyson


Sussex Industrial Heritage by Colin Tyson

At first glance the largely rural county of `Sussex by the Sea' may not be the first to spring to mind when it comes to the subject of industrial heritage, but closer inspection reveals that it had its fair share of extractive industries such as early chalk quarries and lime works, thanks to the geology of the Sussex Downland, and from the interior Wealden Clays came brickworks and iron forges and furnaces. From early turnpikes to the era of movement of goods by long-closed canals, coastal fishing villages developed into large bathing resorts upon the arrival of the railways from London. Sussex was at the forefront of transport developments; pioneering the world's oldest electric railway and the world's first air terminal building. The county has its fair share of surviving windmills and watermills from a more rural industrial past, as well as the `cathedrals of steam' - the water treatment pumping stations, built to meet the needs of growing towns. This book outlines the important place that Sussex trades held in the economy of southern England and illustrates what remains to be seen today of past industries in what is now essentially a post-industrial era.

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Publication date

15th June 2018


Colin Tyson

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Amberley Publishing


96 pages


Local history
Industrialisation & industrial history



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