Sussex Traditions

Discover Sussex Traditions


Songs and superstition, poetry and play, farming and food, dialect and dance; just some of the heritage that can be shared through this easily searchable website, including all kinds of written and audio visual material.

There are three main ways of navigating Sussex Traditions:

You can Browse Sussex Topics, Search The Database or Explore Our Collections.

Founded in 2015, Sussex Traditions is a new cultural charity. We gather and share traditions handed down by the people of the county: arts and activities, beliefs customs and crafts, songs and stories. More about us…

Foundation Project 2016-17

We have completed our Foundation Project year! With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, South Downs National Park and several other funding bodies we have successfully populated our database with over 5000 records relating to Sussex Traditional Song. This material has been the stimulus for schools workshops and adult education days.

We will be expanding our work on other Sussex topics, exploring children’s lore, crafts, food & drink, sports & games and more, as well as continuing our work on traditional song. Please contact us if you would like to Join In or Support Us.

News & Events

Songs Added to Database – Gordon Hall

Gordon Hall at the Ram, Firle in 1990Photo - Vic Smith Sometime around 1990, the late Gordon Hall set himself the task of recording himself a great mass of his songs

Songs added to Database – Bob Lewis

Bob Lewis singing at the Lewes Saturday Folk Club Photo - Vic Smith When Bob Lewis recorded his fine album. "The Painful Plough" in 2003, seventeen songs were chosen, but there

Songs added to Database – The Young Coppers

Andy Barratt, Tom Copper, Mark Barratt, Sean Barratt, Lucy Copper, Ben Copper. Photo - Vic Smith The Young Coppers are the six grandchildren of Bob Copper. They are Ben, Lucy


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The Database

Our database holds thousands of items of Sussex traditions (mostly folk songs at the moment, but other materials will be added shortly). Each database entry gives the details of an item (e.g. title, the name of the performer, place), and is browsable and fully searchable. Where possible a live link is provided which takes you straight to the item itself (e.g. a sound recording) or the entry details of where the item can be found.

Our pick from the database


Wassail, a wassail, a wassail we begin, A

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