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East Blatchington

(Mutiny and the Edge of Space)

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East Blatchington is nowadays a suburb of Seaford , but was originally a village in its own right. It lies just off the coast road near to Seaford and Bishopstone .

The area was settled by the Romans probably as a port to transport goods from the inland farms to Europe, the area was taken over by the Saxons after the Romans left . The village originally ran from the church down the hill to the duck pond.

In 1794 a very large barrack was built just north of the village by the army, and was used extensively during the Napoleonic Wars . During its early years,the soldiers were badly supplied, and 500 men from the Oxford militia mutinied and occupied Seaford . The townspeople gave them their provisions and alcohol, the following day the regular army based at the fort in Newhaven overpowered the militia, and 25 mutiners were arrested.

The leaders were executed, and the others punished. The barracks were left lightly manned throughout the 1800's and early 1900's , then became a staging post for the soldiers fighting in France , who were shipped from Newhaven . After the First World War the barracks were closed and demolished.

In 1862 Henry Coxwell was invited by the British Balooning Association to explore the heights of the atmosphere. Together with a Dr James Glaisher they ascended to 26,000ft and kept climbing where upon Glaisher became unconcious due to the cold and lack of oxygen, Coxwell whose hands had frozen opened the release valve with his teeth and both men safely descended to earth.

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East Blatchington has no services as such, but is provided with the range of services in Seaford .

The nearest large shopping centre is at Newhaven about 3 miles west.

Trains are available from nearby Seaford .

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The old high street , known as Blatchington Hill is quite attractive as the buildings are quite old, and Seaford Head and the downs lie at the end of the view.

The views from Seaford and the coastline are very pretty.
Name Derivation TopSmall
East Blatchington is derived from the Anglo Saxon Blaecca ing tun (The Black family farmstead). There is a West Blatchington near Shorham.

Nearby Villages (within 6 miles)
Seaford (The cormorants or shags) 0.7 miles
Bishopstone (Largest Tide-Mill in Sussex) 0.8 miles
Denton (Earl Godwins Manor) 2.2 miles
Exceat (Alfred the Great's Naval Base?) 2.2 miles
Newhaven () 2.3 miles
West Dean (Alfred the Great's Palace) 2.6 miles
Litlington (Secret marriage of George IV) 2.7 miles
Lullington (destroyed by Cromwell ??) 3.0 miles
South Heighton () 3.0 miles
Alfriston (Smuggling and Ghosts) 3.3 miles
Berwick (Sharpen your arrows on the Church) 3.5 miles
Piddinghoe () 3.7 miles
Tarring Neville (The Chest from the Spanish Armarda) 3.8 miles
Alciston (Fifty thousand tiles on the Barn) 3.9 miles
Selmeston (Tomb to store the Contraband) 4.5 miles
Friston (Home of the Railway Children) 4.6 miles
Firle (Home of the Greengage) 4.8 miles
Wilmington (The Long Man) 4.8 miles
Peacehaven () 4.9 miles
Southease () 4.9 miles
East Dean (Fishing and Wrecking) 5.0 miles
Jevington (Smugglers and Churchill Tanks) 5.0 miles
telscombecliffs () 5.0 miles
Folkington (Teasles and Badgers) 5.2 miles
Telscombe () 5.2 miles
Beddingham (At the base of Mount Caburn) 5.3 miles
Rodmell () 5.4 miles
Glynde (Home of English Opera) 5.7 miles


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