The History and Landscape Information page
Below are the maps and landscape aerial photographs of the area.
Combe Valley was once an inlet of the sea, and Neolithic (Stone Age) people walked here from a wide area of what became to be known as England. They carried baskets of flints on their backs and sat on the upper Combe Valley slopes by the sea, chipping away to make stone tools for skinning animals.
The main sites where this activity took place have been found and archaeologists have excavated the ground to find much evidence of local occupation thousands of years ago.
The photo to the right shows some liths found on the main site near Crowhurst lake.
Map showing mediaeval times when Pevensey Levels was a vast sea inlet - mostly salt marsh fished for eels and with salt pans to gather sale to take by packhorse to London and other towns.
The Combe Valley river network to the right of the red dot marking the site of Bexhill, shows that the sea no longer penetrated Combe Valley in 1200 AD and afterwards.
Alluvial geology map showing where the sea used to penetrate a thousand years ago and earlier. The Valley still floods in winter.
Two photos showing reed cutting in Filsham Reed Beds - a special reserve and site of special scientific interest.