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
Australia

‘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 chairman@fernhurstsociety.org.uk

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

Moorland Farm & Mrs Jane Hills

Hello I am researching my family tree and the daughter of my 3rd great grandfather, Lawrence William Caesar, was Jane Caesar born 1850 in Alton. She married William Hills a farmer at Moorland farm in Lodsworth. I would be very interested in any information about the Hills and their farm. Jane Hills (Caesar) had a cousin called Julius Caesar who was a famous cricketer from Godalming in Surrey. He played for England. Many thanks for your time.

Tim Waters

Old Brickyard

Hello,

We moved in to Old Brickyard last year and would really love to find out more about the history of the house and the brick kiln. We met a few of you at the summer fair at the church last year and you already told us lots of little bits of information so we would love to meet you and find out more.

At the moment we are doing a small amount of work in the garden and have discovered a stone circle at the back, made of huge old stones and in the middle is a sunken bit with old bricks… I am wondering what this used to be and if it is very old. It had been covered by a new’ish concrete pond and completely overgrown and we would like to cover this area over and lay grass, but of course not if this is something special … would you be able to help find out at all?

Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kat and Ivo Fiennes
Old Brickyard

Warner, Soane, Rapson family link

I was wondering if you had any information on a link between the Soane and the Rapson Families.

My Grandparents Wilfred Thomas Warner & Rose Lily Warner are buried in Lodsworth and I have been gathering information on our family tree,  my family all come from Lodsworth and Lurgashall, and my Gradndad built a house on Selham road Halfway Bridge.

Rob Warner

Exploring the history of our village