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The find of Edwardian Coins at Balcombe, by Rev. Canon J. H. Cooper, Vicar of Cuckfield, published 1899 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 42, article, pp.209-213) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2127] & The Keep [LIB/500260] & S.A.S. library   View Online

A yeoman's letters, by P.T. Ross, published 1901 (186 pp., London: Simpkin Marshall) accessible at: British Library
Memoirs of experiences in the Boer War by P.T. Ross, Corporal in the 69th Sussex Company, Imperial Yeomanry, a mounted unit.

Eighty years reminiscences of Brighton, Hove and district, by Frederick John Ogburn, published 1914 (21 pp., Brighton: T. Phillips) accessible at: The Keep [AMS6850/1/51]

Settlement in Sussex, 1840-1940, by W.H. Parker, published March 1950 in Geography (vol. 35, no. 1, article, pp.9-20)

Three Sussex ports, 1850-1950, by H.C. Brookfield, published 1955 in Journal of Transport History (vol. 2, no. 1, article, p.35)

Victorian and Edwardian Brighton from Old Photographs, by James S. Gray and John Betjeman, published 1972 (128 pp., Batsford Ltd., ISBN-10: 0713401192 & ISBN-13: 9780713401196) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/503784] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Victorian and Edwardian Sussex from Old Photographs, by James S. Gray, published 1973 (Batsford Ltd., ISBN-10: 0713401311 & ISBN-13: 9780713401318) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12410][Lib 2750] & The Keep [LIB/500133] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Edwardian Rye, by Geoffrey S. Bagley, published 1974 (58 pp., Rye Museum Association, ISBN-10: 0905253027 & ISBN-13: 9780905253022) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

Beeching/Ashburnham: A Georgian Dial with Edwardian Scenic Engravings, by John H. Combridge, published 1977 (reprinted from "Antiquarian horology", pamphlet, 10 pp.) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7988] & The Keep [LIB/502344] & East Sussex Libraries

"An Undoubted Jewel": a case study of five Sussex country houses, 1880-1914, by P. Blackwell, published 1981 in Southern History (vol. 3, article, pp.183-200)
The five houses are Petworth House, Goodwood House, Brickwall [in Northiam], Ashburnham Place, and Coombe Place [in Hamsey].

Childhood in Edwardian Sussex: The Making of a Naturalist, by Margaret Hutchinson, published July 1983 (150 pp., Triplegate Ltd., ISBN-10: 0946474133 & ISBN-13: 9780946474134) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7828] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

The rural scene in Ringmer before the Great War, by Audrey Coombes, published 1984 in Ringmer History (No. 3, article, pp.3-7)

The epidemiology of milk-borne scarlet fever: the case of Edwardian Brighton, by J. M. Eyler, published May 1986 in American Journal of Public Health (vol. 76, no. 5, article, pp.573-584) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502576]

Policing the Food Trades: Epidemiology, Hygiene, and Public Administration in Edwardian Brighton, by J. M. Eyler and others, published August 1987 in Comparative history of medicine- East and West: History of hygiene; Shizuoka; Japan (article, pp.193-226) accessible at: British Library

Edwardian Worthing: Eventful Era in a Lifeboat Town, by Rob Blann, published 1991 (200 pp., published by the author, ISBN-10: 0951627716 & ISBN-13: 9780951627716) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12179] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Edwardian Worthing covers the period between 1901 and 1914. These Edwardian times often proved to be exciting for both residents and holiday-makers alike in this premier seaside resort. Whenever the Lifeboat was launched, hundreds, sometimes thousands passionately flocked to witness the men of valour. Life in this class-conscious society is carefully illustrated throughout this exclusive review. More than 200 Edwardian photographs have been improved electronically to produce images which enhance the quality of the pictures within this book.

The Town Trust, by Archivist, published April 1991 in Midhurst Magazine (Volume 3 Number 3, article, pp.13-20, Spring 1991) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15967]
The complex tale, which began in 1551, that lies behind the Town Trust (1908) which includes Midhurst Town Hall, the market place, the mace and the stocks.This followed prolonged disagreements as to ownership, between the town and one of its citizens, Mr Gerald Dudley Smith. Includes illustrations of the Town Hall (1907) and the Mace.

A Miller's Daughter, published July 1993 in Midhurst Magazine (Volume 5 Number 4, article, pp.32-36, Summer 1993) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15968]
Brief extracts from a book by Phyllis Catt describing life as a miller's daughter in the early 1900s. Covers Midhurst, Fittleworth, Coultershaw and Midhurst.

Strawberries and Cherries: Notes of a Midhurst Cottage., by Astri Sharp, published October 1993 in Midhurst Magazine (Volume 6 Number 1, article, pp.33-34, Autumn 1993) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15968]
Brief history of a small cottage on Midhurst Common, once owned by Revd Tatchell. Includes memories of Alice Lee in Edwardian times.

Lobster at Littlehampton: An Edwardian Childhood, by Clare Sheppard and illustrated by Christina Sheppard, published 20 April 1995 (viii + 163 pp., Padsow: Tabb House, ISBN-10: 0907018947 & ISBN-13: 9780907018940) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries

Midhurst before the First World War., by Thea Valentine, published April 1996 in Midhurst Magazine (Volume 8 Number 3, article, pp.13-15, Spring 1996) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15968]
Memories of life in early twentieth century Midhurst. Taken from 'Within Living Memory' by West Sussex Federation of Women's Institutes. Now out of print.

Edwardian Road Transport Networks, by Richard Martin, published April 1997 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 59, article, p.30) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/59] & The Keep [LIB/500484]

Edwardian Road Transport Networks: an example from Sussex, Chichester Carriers, 1915, by Richard Martin, published October 1998 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 62, article, p.17) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/62] & The Keep [LIB/500486]

A View of Edwardian Lurgashall, by H. S. Roots, published 2000 (Petworth: The Window Press) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries
Prefaced by Peter Jerrome the book contains the recollections of Harold Roots, who having left the village in his youth looks back many years later to a period before The Great War when Lurgashall was still very much a self-contained community, enjoying a pace of life matched by the relative isolation of the village. Roots has a remarkable power of recall which enables him to transport the reader on a virtual tour of the village that he left many decades earlier. While the characters that Roots knew as a child have long gone, these recollections are witness not as one would expect to how much has changed in the village during the twentieth century but rather how little the outside world has encroached upon it.

Francis Frith's Victorian and Edwardian Sussex, by Martin Andrew, published September 2000 (128 pp., Frith Book Co. Ltd, ISBN-10: 1859371574 & ISBN-13: 9781859371572) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries

The English Seaside in Victorian and Edwardian Times, by John Hannavy, published 2003 (Shire Publications, ISBN-10: 0747805717 & ISBN-13: 9780747805717) accessible at: Eastbourne Heritage Centre & East Sussex Libraries

"The Outhwaite controversy": a micro-history of the Edwardian land campaign, by Brian Short and John Godfrey, published January 2007 in The Journal of Historical Geography (vol. 33 issue 1, article, pp.45-71)   View Online
The concept of micro-history has not yet been well explored within historical geography. This paper employs the idea but with a more overtly spatial emphasis, by relating the national discourse surrounding the land question in Edwardian Britain to one of its local manifestations. In particular, we consider the attacks made by the radical 'single-taxer' Liberal MP R.L. Outhwaite upon the Duke of Norfolk and his estate at Arundel, Sussex. Outhwaite levelled charges of feudal land monopoly leading to poor housing and rural depopulation on the Duke's Sussex estate, and contrasted this with the wealth being transferred from the Duke's extensive properties in Sheffield to reconstruct the castle at Arundel. The Duke and his agent, Mostyn, responded fiercely to the allegations. This local struggle for political power and capital is set against the wider situation during the tense years leading up to the Great War. The intersection between the two scales of enquiry demonstrates how the national level of political debate became more complex and fractured at the local level, how actors at the local level were also moving on wider stages, and the interconnecting processes. Further questions about the utility of micro-history are raised as a result.

Land & Society in Edwardian Britain, by Brian Short, published 21 August 2008 (400 pp., Cambridge University Press, ISBN-10: 0521021774 & ISBN-13: 9780521021777) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/501952]
This revealing 1997 book in the Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography series presents some of the first researches into a trove of hitherto inaccessible primary source material. A controversial component of Lloyd George's People's Budget of 1909-10 was the 'New Domesday' of landownership and land values. This rich documentation, for long locked away in the Inland Revenue's offices, became available to the public in the late 1970s. For the growing number of scholars of early twentieth century urban and rural Britain, Dr Short offers both a coherent overview and a standard source of reference to this valuable archive. Part I is concerned with the processes of assembling the material and its style of representation; Part II with suggested themes and locality studies. A final chapter places this new material in the context of discourses of state intervention in landed society prior to the Great War.

Victorian & Edwardian Sussex, by Aylwin Guilmant, published 13 November 2008 (Stroud: Amberley Publishing, ISBN-10: 1848680244 & ISBN-13: 9781848680241) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Over one hundred and fifty of the best photographic images from the turn of the twentieth century are reproduced here together with contemporary descriptions of Sussex folk and their lives. The textual images are complemented by the high-quality sepia photographs which combine to present the essence of the past lives of ordinary men and women in a county epitomized by the long line of the Downs, the dense woodland of the Weald, and the ever-changing coastline. The harmonious blend of pictures and voices creates a rich and evocative tapestry of life in Sussex. This is a book to fascinate and delight everyone who knows this historic land of the South Saxons. There could be no better expression of this bygone era for those, who like Rudyard Kipling, have a love of Sussex. God gives all men all earth to love, But since man's heart is small, Ordains for each one spot shall prove Beloved over all. Each to his choice, and I rejoice The lot has fallen to me In a fair ground - in a fair ground - Yea, Sussex by the sea!

The Duke and the radical: an Edwardian land conflict in Sussex, by John Godfrey and Brian Short, published 2010 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 148, article, pp.225-246) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 18613] & The Keep [LIB/500366] & S.A.S. library   View Online
Between 1908 and 1913 the radical Australian politician R. L. Outhwaite carried out a sustained campaign of criticism of the 15th Duke of Norfolk, as part of a wider attack upon landed wealth by Lloyd George and some other Liberal MPs and their supporters. Papers preserved in the Arundel Castle Archives, together with a wide range of other contemporary sources, make it possible to trace the chronology and rationale of Outhwaite's attack, together with the defence, which was mounted primarily by Edward Mostyn, the duke's loyal and influential Arundel agent. The national context of this acrimonious debate between these three men is traced, and the local society and economy of the Arundel estate in the years before the Great War are also analysed.

The impact of the Georgians, Victorians and Edwardians on early parish churches: City of Brighton and Hove c.1680-1914, by Sue Berry, published 2011 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 149, article, pp.199-220) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 18614] & The Keep [LIB/500367] & S.A.S. library   View Online
In 1680, there were 12 medieval churches with parishes now wholly or partly within the boundaries of the City of Brighton and Hove. The parishes were Aldrington, Brighton, Falmer, Hangleton, Hove, Ovingdean, Patcham, Portslade, Preston, Rottingdean, Stanmer and West Blatchington (Fig. 1). The Georgians improved the condition of the ten churches that were in use in the early 18th century by undertaking modest repairs. They also added galleries and pews to some. From the mid 1830s the Victorians were far more radical. They re-ordered and extended four of these churches, heavily restored two without enlarging them, demolished and rebuilt four, and resurrected both the churches that had become ruins before 1680. The Victorians also removed much of the work undertaken by the Georgians. Further research will help us to understand the history of our medieval churches in Sussex during these periods, and clarify whether the range of approaches towards the care of churches found here is typical or not.

Edwardian Durrington & Salvington, by Jane Dore, published 3 June 2016 (260 pp., Verite CM Ltd., ISBN-10: 1910719218 & ISBN-13: 9781910719213) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Scandal & Family Secrets in Victorian & Edwardian Battle, by Gerry Glyde, published September 2016 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 22 no. 3, article, pp.137-141) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15860] & The Keep [LIB/509265]

Scandal & Family Secrets in Victorian & Edwardian Battle, by Gerry Glyde, published March 2017 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 22 no. 5, article, pp.199-204) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15860]

Country House Innovations: The Victorian & Edwardian country house in Sussex, by Sue Berry, published August 2017 in Sussex Past & Present (no. 142, article, pp.6-7, ISSN: 1357-7417) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/507923] & S.A.S. library