An 1873 map shows Bevendean Farm (Lower), Upper Bevendean Farm with farmhouse, garden and buildings in a yard, the map also shows Hill Cottage with house, buildings and yard. This suggests that the farmhouse at Upper Bevendean was built between 1838 and 1873, possibly about 1860, which fits with a description that it is a Victorian building.
Upper Bevendean Farm unknown date
The 1891 census placed Albert West and his wife on Upper Norton farm with Albert’s father Thomas and mother Sarah. At the outbreak of the last war, during the occupation of the South Downs by the military all the Buildings at Balsdean and Norton Farms were destroyed.
In 1901 the farmer at Upper Bevendean Farm was Albert West aged 36 years with his wife Ellen, two sons and three daughters.
In 1911 the census lists Albert West aged 45, farmer, his wife Ellen aged 45, a son Frederick working on the farm plus two more sons and three daughters at school. The household also contained a female servant living in a house with 8 rooms. The youngest son Harold eventually took over the farm.
In another house with three rooms lived James Sullivan aged 48, Cowman on the farm, his wife Kate and a lodger Charles Vigars aged 60 a widower also a Cowman on the farm.
Purchase of Upper Bevendean Farm
Albert West bought Upper Bevendean Farm in 1913 from the estate of the late Steyning Beard, Squire of Rottingdean.
Upper Bevendean Farm as described in the Auction sale catalogue in 1912.
The Farm is mostly in the occupation of Mr. Albert West, who has kept a large herd of dairy cows, and the land has been well cultivated.
Sale of Upper Bevendean Farm
On 29 Jan 1940 Harold West, by then the owner of Upper Bevendean Farm, sold the farm to Brighton Corporation. Brighton Corporation then leased the farm back to Harold West. The Council bought up land all round Brighton to protect its water supply. The council claimed they never had to purify the water because it filtered through the chalk.
Colin West took over the farm before retiring about 1995. His son Stuart now runs the farm.
See Colin and Margaret West’s Memories of Upper Bevendean Farm in people’s stories.