Photo:overhead cement carrier at Asham Cement Works

overhead cement carrier at Asham Cement Works


Photo:MV Celtic on way upriver to Asham Quay

MV Celtic on way upriver to Asham Quay

Newhaven Maritime Museum

Photo:Model of MV Celtic at Asham Quay

Model of MV Celtic at Asham Quay

Newhaven Maritime Museum

Photo:Asham Quay in 2008

Asham Quay in 2008


overhead cableway

Richard Beckett

Photo 1. Although not strictly within the area of Newhaven, there is a connection with the town because this overhead cableway at the Asham (Beddingham) cement works was used to carry bags of cement down to a quay on the River where it was loaded into a small coaster for transport to the Isle of Wight & the Channel islands. The coaster used to ply between Asham and either the Isle of Wight or some even went to the channel islands.

As can be seen by the number of railway wagons in the sidings, at one time the cement works was a busy and thriving concern and much cement was loaded and sent away by railway as well as by river. However the cement Works ceased operating in the 1960's and the chalk pits were later used for refuse disposal.

Photo 2 shows the MV Celtic passing through Newhaven Swing  bridge en route up river to the little Quay at Asham cement works.

Photo 3 shows a model of the Quayside. This model can be seen in the Newhaven Maritime Musuem.

Photo 4 is a photo of the quayside as it is now.

In order to gain access to the little quay, it was necessary to go upriver through both the swingbridge at Newhaven and also the bridge at Southease.

This page was added by Richard Beckett on 06/11/2008.
Comments about this page

The Celtic was joined by the Ferrocrete, a more modern vessel. The Ferrocrete always seemed to bustle upriver, while Celtic appeared much more leisurely.

By William Stovell
On 13/12/2008

The aerial view of Celtic passing through the bridge was no doubt taken by an intrepid photographer from the very top of the sheerlegs crane at the Marine Workshops. The mainmast and stern in the foreground look like those of the cross channel steamer Londres.

By Andy Gilbert
On 05/02/2009

One of the last ships to use the wharf, was one of Everard's Thames Barges, possibly the "William Everard". Ships stopped using the wharf after the swingbridge at Southease became unsafe to open. 

By Barry Parks
On 30/05/2014

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