By Marilyn Nolan

My husband's maternal grandfather, George Alce Foord (1874-1949), was the stationmaster at Tidemills Station.  He lived with his wife and children in the Stationmaster's cottage next to the stables where he tended the horses who pulled the carriages. He was married to Mary-Ann Pelham and they had 5 children.  My husband's mother was Hilda Foord.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'TIDEMILLS STATION' page
This page was added by Marilyn Nolan on 25/04/2008.
Comments about this page

I am interested to know what kind of carriages the horses pulled, were they Railway Carriages?

By Richard Beckett
On 12/05/2008

I have asked my husband and he tells me that they were railway carriages which the horses pulled.

By Marilyn Nolan
On 26/05/2008

The photo is taken in the yard/garden of the cottage next to the crossing. We (Sussex Archaelogical Society) are currently excavating and recording it. The metal bar wall tie by his left shoulder was ripped out during the winter, the gravel path has just come to light. Come and visit us any Thursday (weather permitting) and have a look/ chat/ get involved. Pete

By Pete Mason
On 01/06/2008

Thanks for that Pete, would love to. I will ask my husband if he remembers anything more about his grandad living in the cottage from when he was a boy.

By Marilyn Nolan
On 07/06/2008

I am trying to find out about my ancestors who lived and worked at Tide Mills in the 1860s - 1880s approx their surname was either Gates or Chamberlain's do you have any information on them please email me thanks Karen

( anyone with any information please post a comment here and the Editors will forward Karen's email details on to you )


By Karen Potts
On 30/08/2014

Karen could ask Kevin Gordon of Seaford Martello Tower Museum as he does guided tours of Tide Mills.

By Brenda Hall
On 09/09/2014

My great grandfather Alfred George Hampton lived at no 1  from 1937-1940. Also his son Absalom and his wife Florence along with my father Leslie and his brother Arthur. They witnessed the attack by a German plane on the train in July 1940.

By Jonathan Hampton
On 07/07/2022

Information as to who was living in the stationmasters cottage is given in the UK 1939 register.

By Jonathan Hampton
On 07/07/2022

sorry,meant to say 1939 census.

As your email address does not work I will have to reply here.

Hi Jonathan, 

 The list you referred to was compiled in the September of 1939 containing 41 million names; was called the “1939 register” and did not contain the names of serving armed service personal (except if they were home on leave) amongst others and was used to issue identity cards, etc of the general population at the time. So it was not a true UK census as such, which has been compiled every 10 years since 1821 in differing forms.

Only missing out the year 1941. 

That is why I changed it in your initial comment. 

Hope that has helped. 


John Hills     Editor  --  Our Newhaven 


By Jonathan Hampton
On 08/07/2022


Thanks for the correction.

Part of the service Jonathan, hope you enjoy looking through the many pictures that have been download in the last 15 years!

John -- Editor

By Jonathan Hampton
On 10/07/2022

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