An early engraving showing the old coast roadThe Grange archive is a small collection of documents that are associated with Rottingdean. The items have been collected over a number of years and, in the main, have been donated by residents and their families. The more formal records, such as those of births, deaths and marriages are held in the East Sussex Records office in Lewes.

The documents in the Grange archive offer a small but, nevertheless, interesting insight into the village, its activities and personalities of the past. It includes information about some of the properties, people and village activities. There are a few old brochures that show a little of the village’s hidden history along with other items, such as a milkman’s notebook dated 1876 that records the milk collections from the local farms and there is a record of the local cricket club’s scores from 1882-1909. There is also a carpenter’s notebook showing an estimate of work for Rudyard Kipling. However, there is nothing that links directly to the so called ‘smuggling past’ of the village!

We always welcome more information and photographs. If you find anything that may be of interest, please do consider passing it on to us, so that it will be there for generations to come.

The archive is being catalogued and when complete the searchable index will be placed on line. This will allow researchers to view our holdings.

If you would like to visit the archive to research something please phone 01237 301004.


If you would like to donate an item to the Grange museum as part of an exhibition or have documents that you think may be interesting for our archive please call the Grange on 01273 301004.


Portrait of Rottingdean

The Society has recently uncovered a video about Rottingdean made 20 years ago by local historian, Michael Smith, who was a key member involved in setting up the Rottingdean Museum when it was handed over to the Preservation Society by Brighton Council in the early 1990s. There is some fascinating footage from the past, but perhaps the interesting thing is to see how much the village has moved on in the last twenty years.