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?
I wrote this (in December 2018) the hullabaloo about the Forge had been
resolved and it's still standing. I didn't write much about it myself
because others were already doing a great job and the campaign and its
artwork have become another important part of East Chiltington history.
can see what 301 supporters were saying on
link here on change.org - Save East Chiltington Forge
building is important to the village as a rural business and a landmark..."
"Rural areas and their character are under constant
threat, if we don't take a stand now it will be too late." Merril Cummerson
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
Now in 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.
The Forge has a good back story. And is said to be
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.
And the Facebook campaign page which used
to be at https://www.facebook.com/saveeastchiltingtonforge/ has disappeared too.
But the real forge is still in Highbridge Lane.
other planning threats in
walking distance - before and after the Forge
- The East Chiltington Trust Field
the Eton versus East Chiltington
chronicles - 2021
East Chiltington - Village Green
strange tale of the Caviar Farm in Chiltington Lane
below - the Forge in May 2021
is that a new protest sign
in the right hand corner? ...read more