Queen Victoria's Wedding Cake
I have lived in Crowborough (East Sussex) since December 1973, all my life.
Crowborough sits just on the edge of the Ashdown Forest which is perhaps most famous for being the location for the A. A. Milne Pooh Bear stories. But locally whenever you mention Ashdown Forest another topic is almost inevitable, the subject of the old Mill. The mill that was in fact called 'New Mill' was situated on the forest on the edge of Crowborough and would have been an employer of local people. As sure as night follows day, the very next thing people will tell you about New Mill, is that it was where the flour for Queen Victoria's wedding cake was ground.
The mill has long gone, but you can still see some signs of it, remains of bridges and brickwork etc, but these are slowly disappearing too. The water that would have turned the wheel will remain of course, but the place has a certain feeling of lost industry or heritage even. I'm going to take some time exploring and photographing this area, recording the landscape that has mostly re-claimed this often talked about area.