Picture Postcard Parade: Downs near Ditchling

22 Jun

It has been a while since I posted a postcard on my blog, this postcard is one that I mentioned several weeks ago when describing one of the sections of my South Downs Way walks.

Downs near Ditchling

This is the V-shaped piece of woodland that was planted to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. So far I have not been able to find out any more about this arboreal memorial, such as who did the actual planting? Who paid for it? Were there any other celebrations at the time? When were they actually planted?

There is no clue as to the publisher of the postcard, or it’s date. The trees were obviously quite well established when photographed and I love the fact that the photographer has also captured the harvest in progress, with the crops stacked up in stooks.

The V is actually on the northern face of Streat Hill in the parish of Streat, Sussex. The view of the V from the South Downs Way, which runs across the top of the hill, is not particularly good, there is a much better view from the road which runs along the foot of the Downs.

2 Responses to “Picture Postcard Parade: Downs near Ditchling”

  1. Robert Woollard July 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    I was told by my late Father that the Jubilee V formation of trees at Plumpton Sussex was planted by his Father ( my Grandfather ) Albert Holman Woollard.I will try and find out who else was involved.

    • Robert Woollard July 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      Having checked further I am told that the tree planters were my grandfather as above and great grandfather.

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