QUESTION: I am trying to track down all the remaining cattle/horse troughs that were erected by the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association. I recently noticed there is such a trough in your village in the car park of the Queen's Head pub. According to the archives, the trough was not originally located in Sedlescombe. Do you know anything about the history of the trough, When it was moved to Sedlescombe, and where it came from?
ANSWER: This trough used to be outside The Mill at Northiam and was saved from the scrapyard and brought to Sedlescombe somewhere between 1976 and 1980 when road widening work was taking place.
NB: On checking the historical records, the person posing the original question was able to find that the trough was erected in Northiam on 1 June 1933 and was funded by the Hastings branch of the RSPCA.