Archaeological discoveries talk for history society

Neanderthal tools have been found near Pulborough
Neanderthal tools have been found near Pulborough

MEMBERS of Beeding and Bramber Local History Society heard all about the history of Brighton’s West Pier at their April meeting.

Local historian Jackie Marsh-Hobbs was the guest speaker and members told her they were pleased some of them had been able to visit the pier in 2002, before further damage was done and no more visiting groups were allowed.

The society’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 6, at 7.45pm in the Village Hall, High Street, Upper Beeding.

Caroline Wells, president of the Sussex Archaeology Society, will be giving a talk on the archaeology of Pulborough and West Chiltington and recent historical researches in the area, including the discovery of Neanderthal tools.

Non-members are welcome for an entry fee of £2. Refreshments will be available in the interval.

Society members are also busy researching the Witten family of Steyning and Upper Beeding.

They would like to find the descendants of Arthur Witten (1883-1946), who married Alice Hartley. They had a son, Charles Jack Witten (1908-1982), who married Nellie Davey, and the society would like to hear from any children or grand-children. Please contact Elaine Hammond at the Herald by emailing