NEWHAVEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY - 'FROM THE SUSSEX OX TO THE FORDSON MAJOR'
May 25 2012.
Newhaven Historical Society organises six illustratated talks each year at the Hillcrest Centre and the next of these takes place on Wednesday 6 June at 7.30pm.
Local historian and society member, Ian Everest, will be giving a presentation called "From the Sussex Ox to the Fordson Major".
Oxen were still in use at Chyngton and Exceat Farms in Seaford until the mid-1920's and were reckoned to have been in use on the Sussex Downs for over 1000 years before. The talk includes photographs of them at work in Seaford, Bishopstone, East Dean and Lewes, together with some more unusual non-agricultural work that they carried.
Following the demise of the oxen in Sussex, the talk looks at the evolution of farming to horses and steam power, the rioting when the threshing machines were introduced and the arrival of the first tractors.