The deserted village of Balsdean lies on the path which runs between Bazehill Road, Balsdean Pumping Station and Castle Hill Nature Reserve. The red arrow indicates it on the map.
The peace of the valley had been disturbed over the centuries by military exercises, cricket matches and even an asylum at Norton Farmhouse.
However, nothing could compare with the destruction of the village during Canadian army target practice in 1942.
The pictures below show Balsdean Manor farmhouse before and after and the tanks that did the damage.
Further pictures show the fate of the chapel, the labourers’ cottages and Norton Farmhouse.
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1/10 Balsdean Manor House
2/10 Manor House before
3/10 Manor House after shelling
5/10 More Tanks!
6/10 Tanks Rolling In
7/10 After Tank Shelling
8/10 Remains of the Chapel
9/10 Labourers Cottage Aftermath
10/10 Norton Farmhouse Aftermath