is pleased to invite you to the launch of its new book







Thursday 9 December

6 – 7.30pm 

Lodsworth Village Hall

Members: Free of Charge

Non-members: £5 pp


Beating the Boundaries of our Parish!

Will you join us for a walk on Sunday Morning, 5th September?

As advised in Outlook and at our recent AGM, the LHS is arranging a walk around part of the boundary of Lodsworth.

Walkers will leave The Three Moles pub at 10:30AM and return to the pub after a couple of hours where lunch and refreshments will be available.  There will not be any charge for joining us, but refreshments from the pub will be at your expense.

Would those interested please reply as soon as possible?  Full details will be made available when numbers are known.  All are welcome: – LHS members, their families and friends, children and dogs!  The walk is not strenuous but will be around three miles in length through beautiful woodlands and with spectacular views. 

If you would like to join us, please email with the following information:

  • Number of participants, including ages of any children.
  • Whether you will join us for lunch.

If you have any questions, please telephone James Tree on 07767 687147

Full details will be made available to all participants next week.

We look forward to hearing from you ASAP!



Irresistible Entertainment from the Heritage Society

Over 60 members and guests of the Lodsworth Heritage Society were treated to a fascinating presentation by resident Geoffrey Marsh on 13 August at the first “live” meeting of the group for over 18 months. Geoffrey, who with his partner Vicky Broackes, has worked for several years at London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum, talked about Living with Shakespeare: St Helen’s Parish, 1593 – 1598, the title of his newly published book.

Geoff kept his audience intrigued with accounts of how Shakespeare lived and worked among a very mixed group of citizens, ranging from a villainous Lord Mayor of London, who tried to kidnap his daughter, to leather workers, a doctor specialising in female health, and Dutch immigrants fleeing war. Shakespeare’s original theatre, before it moved to The Globe, was just up the road from St. Helen’s, which is now the site of London’s Gherkin building.  A lot of the detail about Shakespeare’s fellow residents emerged through entries in tax rolls, which revealed Shakespeare’s wealth “ranking” among his neighbours.

Geoff’s book has been described in a review by The Spectator as  “diligent, precise and irresistible, filled with riches”. The members of the LHS were fortunate  to hear his  first hand descriptions, which held everyone’s attention and left a strong impression of the fascinating London parish Shakespeare lived in for several years.

Before the talk Society members heard from co-chairs Vanessa McLean and Peter Beckingham, and Treasurer James Tree, about how the committee had kept the group moving despite the lockdowns.

 Peter noted that this was the first public meeting since the untimely passing away last year of Ian Buckingham, who had inspired many initiatives including the archive room and 101 Facts about Lodsworth. He also thanked Amanda Spence and Tony Brooks for their services to the Committee, including Tony’s long hours of work sifting material in the archives. Replacing them on the committee are Anne Summers, a volunteer guide at the V & A, and  Deryck Hamon, who has a deep knowledge of the local culture.

James Tree described the 3 mile walk he was planning for Sunday 5 September to look at the early boundaries of the Lodsworth parish in the Selham area, which would start and finish at the Three Moles. Residents interested in taking part in what promises to be a fascinating perambulation around a less explored part of our neighbourhood should contact James on

The Society also heard about another fascinating upcoming talk, by Sussex Wildlife Director Michael Blencowe, at the Village Hall on Thursday 14 October, and the launch in November of a new  LHS publication Showcase of the South Downs, which would be a well-illustrated account of the 200 years of great art and sculpture from our neighbourhood , with a specially written Foreword by Lord Egremont. A must purchase as a Christmas gift for residents, friends and visitors!



Friday, 13th August 2021 at 7:30p.m.

We are pleased to announce that our re-scheduled Annual General Meeting Plus for the year 2021 will be held at the Village Hall on      Friday August 13th. Doors open and refreshments available from 7:30pm. Meeting commences 8:00pm.

Following the very short official business, we will welcome Geoffrey Marsh, a villager, author and museum director, who will be giving a talk entitled:

‘Discovering Life in Elizabethan England’

How do we know what life was like during the reigns of the Tudors? What is the real evidence which lies behind the writing of Hilary Mantel’s trilogy or Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet? Geoffrey Marsh’s new book,  Living   with   Shakespeare,   is   an   exploration   of   life   in    London in   the   1590’s   based  on   little-known  and  largely  unpublished evidence. In  this  illustrated  talk,  he  will  explain the  challenges,  frustrations and occasional breakthroughs, “like doing a 3-d crossword puzzle which has most of the clues missing”, which has allowed him to reconstruct the parish where Shakespeare lived while writing Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice.

So don’t worry if you are not a fan of Shakespeare’s plays: this is an investigation of the real backdrop to Shakespeare’s career and the lives of the extraordinary ‘cast’ of real characters – radical doctors,  composers, musicians, international traders, MPs and more who lived alongside him.

A formal Agenda will be sent to all members by email with financial statements and minutes of last year’s AGM prior to the meeting.

And now for something completely different!

No, not a throwback to Monty Python, but in fact to something far earlier,  in  August  1843,   when   Hasler  Hollist,   who   had   only      completed building Lodsworth House  in  1839,  decided  that  he  should  invite      Lodsworthians and others from adjacent Parishes to join him on a “Perambulation of the Liberty & Parish of Lodsworth.”

Accordingly, the Lodsworth Heritage Society has decided to repeat the exercise some 187 years later! The boundary of the parish was quite different in those days, extending North as far as Blackdown as well as being considerably narrower in the West. The full perimeter of the Parish in 2021 extends to over twenty-five miles, which would take many days to walk, so for this first attempt we will go to the Southern boundary, which many might be  forgiven for thinking is in Selham! The map below, outlines the Parish boundary in pink, and as shown we will cross the old railway line and pass close by Gallows Hill. The walk will commence at the car park of The Three Moles and after a gentle stroll of around two hours we will return to the pub where refreshments will be available for those that wish to stay. The date chosen for the event is Sunday, September 5th, starting from the pub at 10:00. Members of the LHS are invited, with guests and children very  welcome as well as dogs, but on leads please. Will you join us? Please let us know.

Email or tel: 01798 861761.

Put the date in your diary:

On  Thursday,  14th October,  Michael Blencowe  of  the  Sussex  Wildlife Trust will be giving a talk entitled ‘Wildlife during  Lockdown’.

This promises to be as amusing as  educative.

More details later.




Members’ subscriptions for 2021 are now due and will remain at £5 per household. Payment may be made:

by bank transfer: Sort Code 30-96-61, Account No. 17441468, Ref. Your name

by cash or cheque payable to Lodsworth Heritage Society at the AGM

by  cash  or  cheque  sent  to  the  Membership Secretary,   Peter Beckingham, at Garth Lodge, Lodsworth,   Petworth GU28 9BN








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