Information board unveiled at Bridge Cottage

Richard Coates, Project Manager, UK Power Networks, Michael Smith, Project Manager for Kier when carrying out work in Uckfield, Mick Harker, Chairman of Bridge Cottage, with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Uckfield

A Uckfield Bridge which carried people and animals across the River Uck for nearly 250 years has been commemorated

It’s on an information plaque outside Bridge Cottage.

The plaque was unveiled on January 25 by the Mayor of Uckfield Cllr. Jackie Love. She was accompanied by Deputy Mayor Cllr. Donna French, Mick Harker, chairman of Bridge Cottage and representatives from Kier and UK Power Networks.

As an electrical cable was laid across Uckfield last year, contractors Kier found that the conduits under the current bridge needed repairs before the cable could be run through. Bridge Cottage accepted a request from the company to access the site via Bridge Cottage land, and in return for this cooperation Kier agreed to pay for the commemorative plaque.

From 1617 the three-arched bridge carried what is now the High Street over the River Uck. It was demolished in 1859, when a new bridge was built. This new bridge was part of extensive railway works, which were necessary as the line moved north, after arriving at Uckfield from Lewes in 1858. Parts of the old bridge are still visible – the top of the buttress of the wall of sandstone is visible, directly below where the plaque now sits, while stone dating from 1617 is embedded in the wall across the road. The plaque bears three photographs of the Old Bridge and Bridge Cottage, photographs themselves of historical interest. They were taken a few years before 1859, at the very beginning of photography.

Mayor Jackie Love and Deputy Donna French on Council

Michael Smith, Kier Site Manager during the works, said: “We were delighted to support the installation of a new community information panel at the Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre, which will allow visitors to learn more about the history of this important building. . Our team worked closely with the center during our work with UK Power Networks to install a new connection to the town’s power grid. We would like to thank the center and the wider local community for their understanding while we carried out the work. Ambitious projects like this rely on stakeholder facilitation and we are truly excited to be able to give something back to this historically important local asset. »

He was accompanied at the ceremony by Richard Coates, Project Manager, UK Power Networks, and Etienne Robinson-Sivyer, also from UK Power Networks.

Mick Harker thanked Kier for the plaque saying: “We are delighted to now have an information board informing visitors not only about Bridge Cottage, but also its historical context in the High Street”

Councilor Love echoed those thoughts, thanking Kier for sponsoring the information board and noting the important place Bridge Cottage holds in the Uckfield community.

The plaque is mounted on the fence at the side of Bridge Cottage, overlooking the river.

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