All posts by LHS team

Stevens family

Hello, I’ve recently come across your site as I am researching my family from Lodsworth. My 3rd great grandparents were James Stevens (1833-1914) and Mary Ann Boxall (1832 – 84). I noticed on your ‘Posts’ page that a couple of members had posted about this family and they had photos of James and his father George. My 2nd great grandfather moved out of Lodsworth and into Godstone and most of the current family is still in that area. We don’t have any information on James or George at all so I was wondering whether these members had submitted their photos to you or whether you might know a way to put us all in contact as it’s been a long time since they both posted.

Also, I know Mary Ann Boxall and James are both in the chuchyard there and we have a photo of Mary Ann’s headstone but I was wondering whether you had any idea on which plot she is in? I have looked at your work for burials post 1900 and James is listed without a plot. Would this be because he has no headstone and/or because there are no parish records about his burial itself?

I was so happy to find your site and spent quite some time looking through everything. I will certainly be a regular reader now since at least 2 generations of my own family lived there throughout their lives. I’m planning on visiting soon so I’m looking forward to seeing the village.


Budd – Chandler 1919 wedding

This month we heard from Sue Lloyd who lives in Swansea and is a regular reader of Outlook. Sue is a descendent of the Budd market garden family that lived in Nursery Cottage on Church Lane.

Sue sent us the photograph below of the wedding of her grandmother Marguerite May Budd to Arthur Roland Chandler which took place in St Peter’s Church on 20 September 1919 followed by a reception in The Old Nursery.

Wedding of Marguerite May Budd to Arthur Roland Chandler 1919

A press cutting of the event is typical of the time and describes the bride as looking “charming in a costume of white crepe de chine, with veil and orange blossoms; and carrying a bouquet of white roses and chrysanthemums.”

Sue and her mother, Audrey Webb née Chandler, would like your help. Can anyone identify any of the people in the photo?

Oaklands, Lodsworth Common

In the mid 1990’s I had a bit of look in the Record Office in Chichester- so before computers and somewhat laborious . I found the property first listed in the records for Land Tax in 1780. The 1841 Tithe Survey describes it as Beer Shop, Orchard and Buildings. The pub sign still exists- The Sawyers Arms.  From about 1850 it also appeared in the Kelly & co. Post Office Directory as operating a trade of wheelwrighting, which seems over the years to have been replaced by carpentry.

Michael Alford

George Henry Ayling

My grandfather was George Henry Ayling brother to William James Ayling known in the village as ‘Winkle’ or ‘The Bun King of Lickfold’. His father was George Ayling who was the village postman and a shoe maker: I’m told that he died of a heart attack whilst emptying the post box at Halfway Bridge. His Father was Henry Ayling a gamekeeper born in Easebourne but lived in lodsworth, his sister Priscilla Ayling married Charles Hills of ‘Moorlands Farm’ Lodsworth.

If anyone has any information on any members of my family I would be very interested.

Tony Ayling

Henry Hills

I have a great grandfather named Henry Hills who started a family in Maitland NSW c.1870. I was delighted to read recently of a Lodsworth man of the same name who was a collected singer. I would love to know whether my Henry was related to that Henry – b.1820 or 1830. He even wrote a song, I believe comparing his love to a melodeon, an instrument which I play!

I would appreciate any leads at all.
Tony Smith

‘The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’ by Admiral Sir Ian Garnett

The Fernhurst Society is delighted to be welcoming Admiral Sir Ian  Garnett as their speaker on Thursday November 29 in Fernhurst village hall.

The subject is most apposite for November, 100 years after the end of World War 1, as Sir Ian is speaking on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission of which he was both a Commissioner and the Vice Chairman.  His duties took him to the war time graveyards across Europe and Britain  where he was able to see the wonderful work that is still carried on 100 years later.  His knowledge of the programme’s initiation and continuation is complemented by very moving slides.  Many people will find that there are CWGC graves in their own local cemetery  or burial ground which are still looked after.  Fernhurst has 7 of these graves. The meeting opens at 7.00pm with refreshments. At 7.30 pm the Society holds their very brief AGM and Sir Ian’s talk follows this, and allows time for questions.

All are welcome to the open meeting.  Any queries you may have, please email  the society  on

Old Notice Board

I’ve been meaning to write this email for some considerable time and have now been prompted by a visit to Lodsworth on Tuesday. Over the years I have noticed the degradation of a sign on the wall of St Peter’s Well Cottage immediately abutting Vicarage Lane.  If I recall correctly this sign, which I believe to be of considerable age, had wording warning vagrants not to enter the parish.  The wording has not been distinguishable for many years but the board remains, just.  However, it is now pretty much obscured by ivy.

It may be that the renovation of the board is being considered, altho’ it may need to be replaced entirely, if not I feel it should be before it disappears without trace unless it is of no historical merit  There should be a record of the wording somewhere. I seem to recall it was mentioned, perhaps with a photograph, in a book ‘West Sussex Villages’ by John Batten published by the West Sussex Gazette which was a collection of his articles that had appeared in the newspaper.  I may be wrong about this.  I do have a copy of this book but it is in storage and not accessible at the moment.  WSCC have a copy.

Kind regards
Dan Warner

Charles Sims & Harold Speed (1872-1957)

Dear LHS,

I have been researching the artist Harold Speed (1872-1957) and recently read that he lived from 1908 until 1915 with Charles Sims and his family at Woodmancote Cottage.

Do you happen to know if there is any truth in this? It seems unlikely considering that Speed was at the time busying himself painting Royals, dignitaries and MPs!

My source for this information was a painting that may interest you. It is supposed to show Sims and Speed’s wives bathing the children at the cottage circa 1908.

If you can throw any light on this unlikely lodging arrangement or point me in a new direction regarding the cottage, I’d be very pleased to hear from you.

Yours sincerely
Steve Taylor