4290Name for Holmes's bee farm
- Dec 11, 2013
Roger tells me there is no name specified in the canon for Holmes's bee farm. The location is about 5 miles from Eastbourne on the (Sussex) South Downs. I want to provide a name for the farm in my next sherlock (now that this week Steve has published my latest, 'Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery of Einstein's Daughter') so I emailed the South Downs National Park Authority for some place names and other useful info. The response came today, see below.
Best to all.
Thank you for contacting South Downs National Park Authority with one of our more unusual requests.
Having read the content you supplied the descriptions sounds very much like the East Dean area. This is a small downland village about 4 miles from Eastbourne and a short walk from the chalk cliffs and the famous Birling Gap. Most places are given the name Down or Brow if they are on the hill (e.g. Crapham Down or Long Down) and Bottom or Dean if they lie in the valley (e.g. Wigden’s Bottom, Bramble Bottom or East Dean.)
There is an old Inn at East Dean village now called “The Tiger Inn” which although not large sounds like a good candidate for ‘The Gables’.
Possible names of old farms in area (which still exist on the map) include: -
Black Robin Farm
Field House Farm
Possible names of old farms (that do not appear on the map, but sound plausible) include : -
East Down Farm
Crapham Barn Farm
South Hill Farm
Eldon Bottom Farm
Duttle’s Bottom Farm
Went Hill Barn
Wigden’s Bottom Farm
Hope that’s of use.
Andy Gattiker MCMA
South Downs Way Officer
South Downs National Park Authority
Tel: (01273) 625242 | Mobile: 07718 146953
Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9SE