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 Post Office Directory as operating a trade of wheelwrighting, which seems over the years to have been replaced by carpentry.
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.
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.
I am looking for a copy of the book mentioned above and would be grateful if you could let me know if these are available to buy and where I would be able to purchase one please.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
My Mum was at school in 1941 and our Auntie Dorothy Burgess taught at the school then too. Are their pictures of this time which I may show my mother and great aunt please.
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.
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