saved! - the Forge in East Chiltington right thing right place
C L Scribbler
the end of 2016 and early months of 2017 - there was much ado in East
Chiltington about the possible impact of a planning application planning -
- on the continuing viability of the property historically associated with the
Old Forge in
Where's Highbridge Lane?
It's at the
other end of Chiltington Lane - if you came into the lane from the direction
of Lewes (with the South Downs on your left).
Highbridge Lane leads into the beginning of Chiltington Lane - if you
started at the Plumpton end and turned in from Novington Lane (with the
South Downs on your right).
I'm sure that any future editor of
HighBridgeLane.com - which appears to be in stealth mode at the time of
writing this - or more accurately "deep stealth mode" as the domain
hasn't been registered yet - might restate these start-end relationships the
other way around.
All clear now?
If you're still not
entirely sure - I prepared a guide earlier called -
inexactly is Chiltington Lane? - in which Highbridge has a strong
what's the Forge risk status now?
far as I know (in December 2018) the hullabaloo about the Forge has been
resolved and it's still standing.
I didn't write much about it here
on ChiltingtonLane.com because others - more closely connected - were already
doing a great job. But I thought it worth preserving something of what was said.
Unfortunately - from the perspective of a memorist - the main campaigning
website is no longer viewable on the web.
the Forge in
Highbridge Lane, East Chiltington - right thing right place
reported - January 2017
In 2016 we had - the wrong thing in the wrong
place (the idea of a caviar farm) in Chiltington Lane. If you're looking for it
on your GPS - it didn't get built and there was a happy ending. You can read
more about that
January 2017 we have an issue which is more like the right thing in the right
place. The idea of protecting something which has been here for 200 years.
Forge has a good back story. And is said to be where the
car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was built (according to the
article (January 14, 2017) - which says "developers are looking to
destroy a historic forge where the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car from the
(eponymous) movie was made.
signs have been appearing in the lanes of East Chiltington to raise awareness of
a plan which impacts the continuing long term future of the Forge in Highbridge
"The old historic forge in East Chiltington is under threat
of demolition and redevelopment. The planning application has been submitted and
the deadline for both comments and objections is January 27th, 2017."
more about this see
unfortunately that web site has ended and there isn't a readable capture of it
in the internet archive.
But the Facebook campaign page still exists