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On 10 Sep 2010 at 8:47pm stan wrote:
Does anyone know anything about the house with a tower next to the cuilfail tunnel£ I go past it every day and think it looks like it has some interesting history. Does not seem to have a drive either?
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On 10 Sep 2010 at 9:33pm alexander Lemming wrote:
Its called Undercliffe house as far as i know, though we used to call it the witches house when i was at school!
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On 10 Sep 2010 at 9:35pm Alexander Lemming wrote:
*witch's!!*
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On 10 Sep 2010 at 9:45pm supporter wrote:
Didn't rowan Lewis used to live there years ago?
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On 10 Sep 2010 at 10:07pm Dracula wrote:
My Mum is 82 and remembers Miss Attenborough who used to live in Undercliffe house.
She used to have 6 or so dogs,(not on leads) who would follow obediently at her heels when she walked them through the town.She would hiss and shout and wave her stick at passers by.My Mum also knew her as 'The Witch'. Miss Attenborough wore a long black coat...
When she died (late 50s?) my Uncle and Aunt bought/rented Undercliff House and I remember as a very small child visiting them and looking in wonder from the tower at the beautiful view of Lewes below me.
As far as I know my Uncle and Aunt went to Canada in the mid 60s and someone else bought the house.
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On 11 Sep 2010 at 1:48pm 'ere be monsters wrote:
Before St Thomas' graveyard was moved you had to walk through it to get to the house. It's a spooky looking place without having to do that. Did some work in it years ago and the view from the small 7 foot square room in the tower is amazing. It was owned by a Sussex University lecturer at the time.
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On 11 Sep 2010 at 2:10pm supporter wrote:
rember when that graveyard was there,always used to be a drunk hanging around there.
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On 12 Sep 2010 at 12:19am Fitzgerald Henry wrote:
My supporter, I don't remember those days, but I wasn't drunk, your highness....
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On 12 Sep 2010 at 11:41am supporter wrote:
Fitzgerald Henry i am talking about 42 years ago now when I was a boy 14years old.
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On 13 Sep 2010 at 4:37am Toque wrote:
It bears a striking resemblance to the anglo-saxon church St Mary's at Sompting, with its Rhenish Helm tower. The architect must have used that as the inspiration.

www.somptingparish.org.uk
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On 13 Sep 2010 at 1:10pm Ed Can Do wrote:
When I started at Southover (1984 I think) there was a Canadian kid in our class who lived up there so I went there fairly often until I was about 8 when he moved away. It's a really nice house from what I remember. I think the kid's name was Ben Collet or something.
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On 13 Sep 2010 at 9:58pm queequeg wrote:
Dracula,
I guess your uncle and aunt were Pete and Pru, I remember them riding their palominos through the town.
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On 18 Feb 2015 at 6:35pm Cloisters wrote:
Hi Dracula et al,
Does anyone else have any memories of Ethel Attenborough or Undercliffe House? I'm trying to piece together some more info about it and some of the wonderfully eccentric people who lived there. I wondered if anyone had any anecdotal memories? Thank you!
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On 26 Jul 2016 at 3:14pm Looking for a groom wrote:
Does anyone have any memories of a Groom family in Cuilfail? Their names were Emerson and Stella. I think both passed away in the 1980s. I am also trying to piece together some information. Thanks!


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