Framfield or bust!

9 May

At the very last minute this morning (literally as the bus was coming down the road), I changed my plans for getting to Framfield and Blackboys. Instead of getting the train and replacement bus I realised that I could actually catch a normal bus from Brighton to Uckfield, which would not only be a bit quicker, but also cheaper and there would be more frequent buses.

On top of all that I got a much better view of the Sussex countryside from the top of a double decker bus, plus a trip around Lewes (another ancestral home) and a ride through parts of Brighton I don’t normally get to see. What more could you ask for?

From Uckfield I took another bus to Blackboys, and after getting a few photos and exploring the area I walked from Blackboys to Framfield (only about two miles). I took rather too long in the churchyard at Framfield, so instead of walking back into Uckfield as I had originally planned I took the bus back instead.

Framfield has a lovely church, surprisingly large, and a large churchyard packed with gravestones. I found the gravestones of a few known ancestors, but I also found lots of possible relations as well. They are going to take some sorting out, but I am not in a rush to do that. Now I really need to have a look at the burial register and see who else I missed.

It was great to be able to get a feel for both Framfield and Blackboys, I had never visited before, but now I know where they are and how easy it is to get to them I am sure to be visiting again. Although most of my exploring today was never far from the main roads, there is some lovely countryside surrounding the villages so I would be nice to explore that further. At the moment I know very little about exactly where my ancestors were living, but I am sure in time I will have some houses to go and photograph.

Over the next couple of days I will put up some of the photos so you can see where I went, and what a lovely church Framfield has.

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2 Responses to “Framfield or bust!”

  1. donjgen May 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    When I was at the Record Office in Lewes some years ago I found the death notice of Elizabeth Page (Rann) She died in 1910 in Framfield. I found her through a newspaper index they had for that time period. Be on the look out for her. http://donjaggi.net/winnifred/getperson.php?personID=I232&tree=scogings

  2. wanderinggenealogist May 10, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    Hi Don, I will be certain to look out for her, next time I am in Framfield and when I find time to check the burial registers.

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