Print from a copper etched plate.

By Rob Patten


Any time I am back in the UK I try and get to a little shop in the Lanes called the Witches Ball. It is full of old maps and prints for sale. I recently found this print described as 'Newhaven Bridge Sussex', hand-coloured and engraved on copper. Dated 1790. The bridge would have been constructed six years earlier in 1784.

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Photo:The First Newhaven Bridge

The First Newhaven Bridge

Coloured print from etching 1790

This page was added by Rob Patten on 10/02/2021.
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The hills seem to have shrunk since then.

By Ron Herriott
On 11/02/2021

I would imagine some artistic license was used in creating this print and etching, but, apart from the church and windmill, can we identify any of the buildings ?


By Rob Patten
On 13/02/2021

Yes, some early depictions of the town showed considerable artistic licence!

I can only see the church and windmill (Waterhall Mill?) as being things that I recognise. The lower buildings at the left would perhaps be Tipper's brewery at the end of Bridge Street? I think that was there by then.

By Andy Gilbert
On 13/02/2021

Mind you as a child walking up Church Hill to Northdown Road, it sometimes felt that steep.

By Terry Howard
On 14/02/2021

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