Books and Publications – Brightling, East Sussex – village website

The Messenger

The Messenger is a monthly magazine for the parishes of Brightling, Dallington, Mountfield and Netherfield. It is a means of communication for all matters of local interest connected not only with the churches but with all aspects of village life. It also includes adverts from local trades people. Contributions from all sources are welcome, particularly regarding forthcoming events and the activities of clubs and societies.

To subscribe to the Messenger (currently £10 a year) please email

Mad Jack: the many lives of John Fuller, squire of Brightling

This book by Annette Lloyd Thomas was published in November 2020 after some 18 years of research into the life of Jack Fuller.  It can by purchased on-line.  In the course of her research, Annette Lloyd Thomas visited all the places he was involved with in his lifetime, including where his father was Vicar.

Brightling 1700-1950

Obtainable from Caroline Croft

Price £10 + postage and packing at cost


A Book on Brightling

This book by John Watts, tells the story of the character of Brightling. It recalls village life in all its warmth and hardship, from when his mother Norah Watts (Widow Watty as Gardie Grissell called her affectionately) moved into the old School House in the 1950s until her death in 1986. You will not get facts and figures, but an overwhelming sense of atmosphere which makes you regret that you were not around to experience it.

Available from The Post Office at Netherfield and from The Battle Bookshop £15