•  1759: Death of Handel•  1761: Richard Ellman moves to Glynde•  1764: Hargreaves invents Spinning Jenny•  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
Glynde Gardens: 1757-2024
A part of the Glynde tithe map, 1838, showing the pond and the kitchen gardens and the house (plot 56) opposite Glynde church
A part of the Glynde tithe map, 1838, showing the pond and the kitchen gardens and the house (plot 56) opposite Glynde church
The gardeners at work in the kitchen gardens, c1910
The gardeners at work in the kitchen gardens, c1910
Plan of the kitchen gardens and part of the New Barn buildings, c1757
Plan of the kitchen gardens and part of the New Barn buildings, c1757
1757Glynde Estate?
1757William Cornwell?
1901William Wright1901

The house now known as Glynde Gardens was built for the head gardener at Glynde Place in 1757, together with the walled kitchen garden at the rear of the house to the north-west, which grew the vegetables and fruit for the household at Glynde Place. This was part of major building and re-modelling at Glynde Place undertaken by Richard Trevor, Bishop of Durham, who hade become owner of the Glynde Estate in 1743. A Glynde Estate account book shows that Thomas Standley, bricklayer, was paid £15.15s.7d for the residue of work "for the gardener’s house", 20 June 1757 and William Weller, carpenter, was paid £26 13s 6d for his bill for the gardener’s house on 31 December the same year. The account book also shows that under improvements made to Glynde Place in 1757 a total of £71 6s 5d was spent on the new gardener’s house with amounts of £14 16s 9d and £12 11 8d spent in 1758. In 1757 sums of £65 13s 5d and £49 19s 8d were expended on the new kitchen garden and pond, with a further £4.12.00 and £28 15s 9d spent in 1758.

The first occupant of the house was William Cornwell, Richard Trevor’s head gardener, who appears to have been in charge of affairs at Glynde Place when Richard Trevor and his household were away at the bishop’s palace at Bishop Auckland or his house in London. In 1841 Barnard Skinner, head gardener at Glynde Place, was living here. The Sussex Express of Saturday 3 Jan 1846 reported on a coroner’s inquest held on the body of ‘Bernard’ Skinner at the house of the deceased. Skinner had been a gardener at Glynde Place for forty years but his son, landlord of The Cock at Ringmer, had died three weeks earlier and Barnard Skinner had asked his employer General Trevor whether he should take over the pub. General Trevor had advised him to do so but Skinner apparently regretted his decision which disturbed his sanity. He cut his throat with a razor on 17 Dec 1845 but survived. However, his mental health deteriorated and he tore open the wound and died. George Lusted, who had been under-gardener at Glynde Place for fifteen or sixteen years, gave evidence at the inquest and described Barnard Skinner as his uncle.

The gardens continued as the cottage gardens for Glynde Place until the first World War. In 1950 Joan and John Vincent were living there but from 1955 to at least 1970 John and Beatrice Wheare were running a market garden business from the site which also had a shop, called Glynde Gardens, at 19 High Street, Lewes. The house is now let out by the estate separately from the gardens.

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