Since its original publication more than 30 years ago, Scarpfoot Parish: Plumpton 1830-1860 has become essential reading for anyone with an interest in the history of Plumpton or rural Sussex in the early Victorian era.
On Friday, September 27, Plumpton Ancient and Modern, the local history research group, is launching a long-awaited new edition of this research classic.
Whilst the text has been left unaltered, more than 40 period photographs have been chosen to illustrate relevant buildings and activities.
This 150-page edition features a specially commissioned full colour design on the cover by local artist Jeanie Muddle.
The monochrome cover illustration from the original has been retained as a striking frontispiece for the new book.
Professor Brian Short, the editor, who held the copyright, has agreed to write a new preface and give an introduction at the launch. One of the original researchers, Geoff Mead, a well-known guest speaker at local societies, will give a short presentation about Victorian Plumpton to start the evening. T
he presentations will be followed by refreshments.
All are welcome to the book launch at Plumpton Village Hall in Plumpton Green from 7.15pm.