Replica Iron Age Village to be built in Peacehaven

A replica Iron Age village will form part of the new park in Peacehaven after Lewes District Council gave the Big Parks Project the green light.

Four wattle and daub style huts will make up the village, which will be concealed by mounds, allowing it to merge into the landscape.

The scheme also includes two football and sports pitches, provision of a gateway building with cafe and interpretation centre.

Project manager for the Big Parks Project Chris Bibb said: “We are trying to show people that they are sitting on something that is very special. There have been people in that area since the beginning.”

The district council planning committee approved the proposal at its meeting on Wednesday July 17 at County Hall in Lewes.

The village will tie in with evidence of Iron Age activity in the Peacehaven area, discovered during recent archaeological digs.

The huts will be eight metres in diameter and feature lime washed mud walls, over a timber frame with a thatched roof.

They will be used to exhibit finds from the archaeological digs and display information about the area’s history.

Evidence of settlement in Peacehaven was unearthed from the Neolithic Age, up to the Saxons, such as broken Roman vases, salt farming, roundhouses, bronze age urns and iron age barrow mounds.

Work should start on the park early next year and finish late in 2014.

Peacehaven mayor Rachael Coles said: “The development of the park is eagerly awaited and the residents of the town and we very much look forward to the various aspects of the park starting to take shape and constructed over the coming year.

“We are particularly pleased that there will be new skateboard facilities for a very active skateboarding community in the town and hope that the plans for the ancient village come to fruition which will add something different to our new park.”

The Big Parks Project also includes community allotments, car parking facilities, a new skate park and a cycle track will also be included in the park.

A toddler playground and a natural playground will be built too.

In addition there will be external improvements to Peacehaven and Telscombe Football Club, new paths and cycleways linking up with bridleways and cycleways within the park and South Downs National Park.

The community pavilion will be refurbished and the maintenance building will be renovated and turned into the gateway building.