In the heart of Sussex lies Kingston-near-Lewes, dominated by downlands and surrounded by vast sweeping fields. At its centre, the remnants of a Norman castle watch over the town whilst the River Ouse runs past the overgrowth of modern buildings in the south. How has its medieval past shaped the borders and boundaries of its present? How did the village adapt as its institutions, organisations and technology developed with time? In this beautifully crafted history, Charles Cooper explores the development of the market town from the time of the Norman conquest to the end of the nineteenth century. This is a fascinating micro-history of a place that mirrored many of the sweeping changes taking place in wider England, from agriculture to industrialisation. Cooper charts the transformation of the town under its Norman overlords, the rise of the yeoman and the gentry and the ascendency of the Goring family of Wiston, who by the nineteenth century had become the dominant landowners in the area. Cooper brings the life of the village alive through the ages, in a fascinating blend of economic and cultural history that uncovers the lives of the 'ordinary people' whether priest, peer or peasant. A Village in Sussex is a fascinating entry point into the history of rural England and the life of one of its most attractively situated towns.
Village in Sussex, A
The History of Kingston-Near-Lewes