As part of my continued interest in the industries of Newhaven, I came across Robinson House Studio. On a back street running alongside the river in the centre of town, and surrounded by other small industries, this workshop is a base for fine cabinet-making by world renowned woodworker Marc Fish. Alongside his own work, Marc also takes on a small number of students each year, a lucky few of whom go on to make apprenticeship status. Workbenches are rented to those starting out in the business, saving them the cost of having their own premises.
It is now possible that their council-owned building will have to be vacated within the next 18 months as this site is primed for housing. One of the long-standing boat builders across the road have already sold up to developers. There is a lot of change for the good in Newhaven, but it seems a shame to drive out creative and successful industries such as this one to make way for housing.