New series of heritage talks

Bramber Castle, once home to the Norman de Braose family
Bramber Castle, once home to the Norman de Braose family

A NEW series of Southwick Society Heritage Talks starts today with an illustrated talk by well-known local history speaker Ian Gledhill about the tramways of Brighton.

For nearly 40 years, Brighton enjoyed an extensive system of electric trams. In many ways, they were ahead of their time.

Ian will describe their fascinating story from beginning to end and along the way, he will show many pictures of Brighton streets as they once were.

Secretary Nigel Divers said: “The Southwick Society is pleased to present this new programme of talks about our local heritage.

“We have carefully chosen three knowledgeable and experienced speakers who really know their subjects. We are sure that these events will be both enjoyable and informative.”

The popular monthly Heritage Talks programme will continue on October 13 with the story of Brighton in the 1950s, told by Chris Horlock.

On November 10, there will be a major change of period when John and Jeanette Simpson will present the third part of their trilogy, The Lords of Bramber, the story of the Norman de Braose family who once ruled much of Sussex and the Welsh borders from their base at Bramber Castle.

All the talks will be held in Southwick Community Centre, starting at 7.30pm. There is an entry charge of £4 (£2 for members of the Southwick Society).

The Southwick Society is a local amenity society working to protect and enhance Southwick and its environment and heritage. It operates the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre in Southwick Street, open on Saturdays until the end of September. Visit for more information.