•  1770: New South Wales discovered by James Cook•  1773: Boston Tea Party•  1774: Priestley discovers oxygen•  1775: American War of Independence starts•  1776: American Declaration of Independence•  1783: First hot air balloon flights•  1789: French Revolution begins•  1800: Act of Union creates United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland•  1802: Beethoven debuts Moonlight Sonata•  1803: Start of Napoleonic Wars•  1805: Battle of Trafalgar: Death of Nelson•  1807: Slave trade abolished•  1815: End of Napoleonic Wars•  1825: 1st railway opens (Stockton - Darlington)•  1829: Metropolitan Police founded•  1832: Morse invents Electric Telegraph•  1837: Queen Victoria crowned•  1838: National Gallery founded•  1840: Queen Victora & Prince Albert marry•  1841: Glynde School built•  1842: Irish "Potato Famine" starts•  1847: British Museum founded•  1848: Marx & Engels write Communist Manifesto•  1851: Great Exhibition opens in Hyde Park•  1854: Start of Crimean War•  1859: Darwin's Origin of Species published•  1861: American Civil War begins•  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: Speaker Brand retires•  1884: Fabian Society founded•  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
Thatched Cottage: 1770-2024
Thatched Cottage in a postcard by Bliss and Co, Lewes, c1917.
Thatched Cottage in a postcard by Bliss and Co, Lewes, c1917.
Thatched Cottage, in another postcard by Bliss, showing how exposed the house was before the plantation separating the recreation ground and the garden of Orchard Cottage was planted
Thatched Cottage, in another postcard by Bliss, showing how exposed the house was before the plantation separating the recreation ground and the garden of Orchard Cottage was planted
1744John Barnden1770
1770Glynde Estate?
1841Stephen Baker1841
1861Amos Weller1908
1925Ann & Bessy Weeks?1925
1930Tom & Elisa Maud Kendrew1946
1948Eileen & Robert Chivers1948
1960Mr & Mrs Noble1965
1995Karen & David Archer1999
2000Richard Brickell?

In the second half of the nineteenth century Thatched Cottage was occupied by Amos and Martha Weller and their seven children. Amos was a gardener and groom at Glynde Place and Tom Pickard, agent of the Glynde Estate, wrote that Amos Weller worked in the garden [at Glynde Place] and died when about 85 years of age. He lived in the old thatched cottage. He was very humorous, played the fiddle, and was fond of convivial company. I believe that at one time he played the fiddle at the church services. He had some grandsons living in Lewes who used to visit his cottage as children occasionally. After their first visit they told their parents on their return that grandfather lived in a haystack. Amos Weller also ran a night school at the Thatched Cottage in the middle of the nineteenth century for the labourers who had not learnt to read or write before the opening of Glynde School.

In the years between the wars the house was occupied by Tom Kendrew, gardener to Blanche Brand, widow of Thomas, at Glynde Combe. According to Tom’s son, Charlie, there was no internal staircase in the house until after the Great War. Before that entry to the upper floor of the house was via a set of outdoor steps and a door at the top north-east corner of the house, next to Ranscombe Lane.

Since 1946 the house has been modernised and been rented to various people, most with little long-time connection to the village. There was also a plan to enlarge the house considerably during this period, but the works were never carried out.

In 2000 Richard Brickell occupied the house on his retirement from Glyndebourne Farm.

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