The Land Settlement Film Show

Sidlesham Past and Present


The Land Settlement Film Show


Monday 22nd September



Village Hall in Crooked Lane.


You are invited to join members of The Birdham History Society to see two films (1937 & 1976) which will explain why the establishment of The Land Settlement Association in Sidlesham was a historically significant event both nationally and locally.


Sidlesham has received Lottery Funding to develop a heritage trail which will celebrate and commemorate the development of the LSA. In 1936 three farms were compulsorily purchased and 118 smallholdings created. Most of the original smallholdings remain today, along with the packing shed, the propagation unit, two community huts and the extension to the school. But we need your stories to bring the heritage trail to life . . . . . .


  • In 1937 tenants were reprimanded for eating too many eggs which reduced the profits of the LSA.
  • In 1956 acres of glasshouses were destroyed by a whirlwind.
  • In 1985 at the closure auction you could have bought a tractor or a pair of wellington boots.


Are you related to an original settler?

Did you work on one of the smallholdings?

Did you have a weekend or holiday job at the packing shed?


Further information available from:

Bill Martin (01242 641154)