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    Anybody been lately?
    Amazing what can happen in 100 odd years..

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    March 2014-note the cottage closest to the cliff edge has now been dismantled on safety grounds

    Apparently the cottages date from 1800 to 1820 and were the second set in the area,as an earlier set of 5 (i am still trying to find evidence of this) were abandoned in the early 18th century...

    I find the area fascinating and it just goes to show the power of nature..
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      Is there a connection between the houses and the Lighthouse ? Having visited a few Lighthouses the 'build' for staff looks familiar ?
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      Is it wise posting pics of Birling Gap now? might be best to leave this till after next Saturday
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      Quote Originally Posted by Leekbrookgull View Post
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      Is there a connection between the houses and the Lighthouse ? Having visited a few Lighthouses the 'build' for staff looks familiar ?
      Think your right,although some may vary region to region in terms of build material many followed a variation on a theme
      In Deo Fidemus we know our history,yet we embrace change-Hello from the real Brighton

      Posh? i'd say a non clock watcher,an early riser,creator of ones own fortune,a grafter,a clever dick,an inheritor,a late home type,one that makes sacrifice,gifted maybe.
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      Relatives live in one of those cottages. For how much longer, I do not know.

      Great place to visit. Love it.
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      Is it wise posting pics of Birling Gap now? might be best to leave this till after next Saturday
      you may have a point
      In Deo Fidemus we know our history,yet we embrace change-Hello from the real Brighton

      Posh? i'd say a non clock watcher,an early riser,creator of ones own fortune,a grafter,a clever dick,an inheritor,a late home type,one that makes sacrifice,gifted maybe.
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      Relatives live in one of those cottages. For how much longer, I do not know.

      Is it 5 years worth of erosion in two months?
      It's been a lot and could quite easily be more than that.

      When i was out there last week there was movement in a cottage a light was on in another despite the power being cut to them in 1994 (i think i read somewhere) and even a sky dish....

      It's all a shame really,and when the time comes i'd like a lighthouse build on the site of the cottages or a floating buoy or something to commemorate the hamlet for future generations to see where the village once stood.
      In Deo Fidemus we know our history,yet we embrace change-Hello from the real Brighton

      Posh? i'd say a non clock watcher,an early riser,creator of ones own fortune,a grafter,a clever dick,an inheritor,a late home type,one that makes sacrifice,gifted maybe.
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      My brother-in-law runs the show down there, so I should really know. I expect he got a little tired of repeating the same things on each and every tv station that hot footed it down there.

      I'll be sad when they move on/out. Such a great place to live.
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      Is there a connection between the houses and the Lighthouse ? Having visited a few Lighthouses the 'build' for staff looks familiar ?
      No there is not. The coastguard were originally founded to prevent smuggling and a number of cottages were built at places, often away from centres of population, where smugglers would land their goods. Many of the cottages date from around the turn of the 19th century and a good many survive though some have been lost.

      1. A set at Southwick survive opposite the power station but are hidden by another terrace of more modern housing.
      2. Hove had a row roughly where the King Alfred car park is today guarding the mouth of the River Adur before the current mouth near Kingston was cut around 1818.
      3. Those at Saltdean were demolished in the 1930s where Teynham House now stands.
      4. Telscombe's row still survive opposite the Badger's Watch - it guarded Portobello Gap.
      5. Cuckmere Haven's still survive.
      6. Crowlink's set in the middle of the Seven Sisters fell into the sea during the 1930s, an embankment is all that survives. Crowlink Gap's access to the sea eroded away in the 19th century whilst the valley leading up to Crowlink and Friston is still called Smuggler's Bottom.
      7. Birling Gap's set originate from the first part of the 19th century and were rebuilt in the 1880s.

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