LOOKING BACK

Gamekeepers not farmers
Gamekeepers not farmers

I was surprised and delighted to see your photo of the ‘Sussex farmers’ in last week’s issue. They are in fact the three gamekeepers who were employed on the Possingworth Estate near Heathfield. The one on the right is my great-grandfather, Edwin Durrant, and he worked at Possingworth for 45 years. The other two are Samuel Oliver (37 years service) and Edward Vine (32 years service), although I don’t know which one is which in the photo! Between them, they served as gamekeepers on the Possingworth Estate for 114 years. My great-grandfather died in 1924 at the age of 87 and was the last of the three gamekeepers. He was born, lived and died in Waldron and he and my great-grandmother, Henrietta, are buried in Waldron churchyard. They had 11 children – the next to youngest being my grandfather, Frederick John Durrant, who also served as a gamekeeper on the Possingworth Estate.

Margaret Hemmings

Lewes