•  1865: Salvation Army founded•  1869: Suez Canal opened•  1871: Trades Unions legalised•  1872: Secret ballots introduced for elections•  1873: Dr Livingstone dies•  1876: Bell invents telephone•  1878: Electric light bulb invented•  1881: Pasteur invents innoculation•  1884: Fabian Society founded•  1884: Speaker Brand retires•  1885: Glynde & Beddingham Cricket Club founded•  1887: Queen Victoria's Jubilee•  1894: Manchester Ship Canal opened•  1899: Boer War starts•  1901: Queen Victoria dies•  1903: 1st aeroplane flight by Wright Bros.•  1905: Ragged Lands established•  1909: Introduction of Old Age Pension•  1912: Sinking of the Titanic•  1914: Start of 1st World War•  1916: Battle of the Somme•  1918: End of 1st World War•  1919: 1st trans-atlantic flight•  1920: League of Nations founded•  1922: Irish Free State founded•  1924: Lenin dies•  1926: General Strike•  1928: Women get the vote•  1934: Hitler assumes power in Germany•  1936: Regular BBC TV broadcasts begin•  1939: Start of 2nd World War•  1940: Dunkirk evacuation•  1941: Japanese attack Pearl Harbour•  1944: "D-Day" landings in France•  1945: End of 2nd World War•  1946: USA tests atom bomb at Bikini Island•  1947: Sound Barrier broken•  1948: NHS founded•  1950: Korean War starts•  1951: Suez "Crisis"•  1953: Queen Elizabeth II crowned•  1954: Bannister runs 1st 4 minute mile•  1955: Glynde Place opened to the public•  1955: ITV starts broadcasting•  1957: 1st dog in space•  1958: Gatwick Airport opened•  1959: M1, the 1st motoway, opened•  1961: 1st man in space•  1963: US President Kennedy assassinated•  1965: Post Office Tower opened•  1966: England win World Cup•  1967: 1st heart transplant•  1968: Martin Luther King assassinated•  1969: 1st men on the moon•  1970: North Sea Oil discovered•  1971: Decimal coins introduced•  1972: "Bloody Sunday", 13 killed in Derry•  1974: US President Nixon resigned•  1976: Harold Wilson resigned as PM•  1978: 1st "Test Tube" baby born•  1979: Margaret Thatcher elected, UK's 1st woman PM•  1981: Prince Charles married Lady Di•  1982: Falklands War•  1984: Miners' Strike starts•  1985: Live Aid concert•  1987: Hurricane lashes South Coast•  1987: "Black Monday" Stock Market crash
Malthouse Cottages: 1863-2024
The Burgess brothers, photographed at the studio of Edmund Wheeler, 48 Western Road, Brighton; left to right: George, Charles, Harry, Godfrey and Jack.
The Burgess brothers, photographed at the studio of Edmund Wheeler, 48 Western Road, Brighton; left to right: George, Charles, Harry, Godfrey and Jack.

The village malthouse was built by John Willard sometime before 1778. William Wisdom bought the malthouse, along with Pear Tree Cottage, in 1788 and sold it to Glynde estate in 1815. John Newnham was the occupier from 1815-1835

No 2 Malthouse served as the village police house from at least as early as 1871 when Edwin Olive, aged 36 and born in Mayfield, was the village ‘bobby’. In 1881 Henry Willard, aged 29 and born in Mayfield was the village policeman, living there with his wife Fanny and their five children.

From at least 1925 Harry Burgess was living at number 3 Malthouse with his wife Jessie Rosina. Harry had been born in Alciston in 1877, the son of Godfrey, a farm labourer. His father died in an accident three years later and his mother moved to Polecat Cottages, Firle, with her ten children. The Burgesses were a noted family of traditional singers and in 1956 Mervyn Plunkett visited Harry at 3 Malthouse Cottages and recorded some of his repertoire of songs along with the words to the mummers play that Harry, his brother Goff, and a few others performed at the large houses in the neighbourhood at Christmas time until about 1930. Only two recordings of Harry’s songs have survived and these were released in 1998 as part of Topic Records’ The Voice of the People series in 24 volumes (Topic Records TSCD 665 and 668). He can also be found on the British Library's Collect Britain site by typing in ‘Firle’ and listening to Harry.

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