Albion House in New town pictured in about 1914 and with a Bannister's Grocery and Drapery horse and cart outside. The offices of Simmons Gainsford can be seen here now.

POSTPONED – Framfield Road and New Town to feature in exhibition

Update on Wednesday, September 25: This exhibition has now been postponed and is due to take place in January 2020.

This is because so many people have come forward with new information and pictures that it is possible to make it bigger and better.

The original Uckfield News story on August 28, 2019: Framfield Road and New Town will be the focus of an exhibition taking place at Bridge Cottage in October.

Maps, pictures, and personal memory will be used to present a picture of life there in the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. Some of the photographs which will be in the exhibition can be seen with this story.


Harcourt Road with Foresters Hall on the right when it was a cinema around 1910.

A Bridge Cottage press release says 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 1960s.


Soldiers on horseback in Framfield Road, Uckfield. This was taken after 1914, probably during World War 1, with the soldiers possibly from Maresfield Camp.

Lure of the supermarket

“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.”

The Uckfield South of the River exhibition will take place at Bridge Cottage from Saturday, October 5,  to Saturday, October 12. (Closed Sunday, October 6).


This Framfield Road pictures was taken after 1905 and shows Alexandra villas on the right, Croft Cottages on the left and the bakery at Marlborough House on the left with the Daren bread sign.

Previous Bridge Cottage exhibitions have been fascinating, making good use of information and artefacts gathered by the Uckfield Preservation Society.

One was about the cottage itself and the people who have lived there, see: Don’t miss exhibition about Bridge Cottage and its people.

Another looked at World War 1. See: The story of Uckfield in World War 1.

Bridge Cottage celebrated 100 years since some women first got the vote. See: Banner waving Suffragettes call people to exhibition at Bridge Cottage.

Most fascinating of all was an exhibition about Uckfield High Street which looked back to see who owned which shops over the years. There was controversy too. See: Outcry over changes in Uckfield High Street.

Interested in more information about the Uckfield railway line and how it was severed 50 years ago? See: Uckfield to Lewes rail line: 50 years of hurt

See also:

The Drive, Uckfield, closed for roadworks

Madeleine and Richard bring American Blues guitarist to Uckfield

Twenty-eight Aygo cars line up for delivery to Kamsons Pharmacy

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