Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sussex in Bygone Days

My great great grandfather was just 26 when he invited five of his friends to bring oxen to Brighton. With a team of 80 oxen, they were able to drag the postmill a distance of two miles and later they undertook some longer journeys. Mills had to be moved when houses were being built in Brighton and no longer was there sufficent wind.
The event is recorded in this extract for Sussex in Bygone Days (1906) Reminiscences of Dr Nathaniel Blaker (1835-1921) about the oxen in Sussex c1845. "Ox-Teams in my younger days were considered essential and most important indeed on the South Downs, at all events, almost as much agricultural work was done by oxen as by horses......."

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