A Grisly tale
During the 1970s thirteen bodies were exhumed close to our 10th tee, to the right of the dew pond just over the boundary fence. All were males aged 15 to 34, face down with their hands tied behind their backs. (Some bones had come to light as a result of burrowing animals and erosion along the path that flanks the golf course.) It was only within the past ten years that from tooth analysis, the age of the discovery was dated to around 890 - 900 AD and the bodies were almost certainly all Norwegian.
Archaeologists believe this was a public execution on Malling Hill and as the site was not fully excavated, there may be other bodies, perhaps up to about a total of 35, the normal crew size of a Viking longboat. To add to the intrigue, the Saxon Chronicles records that 3 Viking boats unsuccessfully attacked London in the period in question and that one of the boats then moved off round the South coast. Anyway, whatever happened, it looks pretty certain that all the tales you hear of the Vikings beating up the local Anglo Saxons, when they came to Lewes, they got their comeuppance!