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
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.
Looking for any information regarding my ancestors who lived and possibly worked in Smithbrook, Lodsworth in the 1850 – 1900’s as either shoemakers or nursery/gardeners.
I don’t know if you or the Society will be able to help me on this one..
There has been an announcment in the Telegraph for a service of thanksgiving in Midhurst church on 12/4/17 for a Nigel Tatham. It is not a very common name and there used to be a Canon and Mrs Tatham who lived at Jocks Lodge, Lickfold. He died before I was born. I was really too young to remember much about her, only that she gave me a very tiny jug and told my mother that I was to look after it. I have certainly done that as I still have it. I was six when we moved from Colliers Cottages, Lickfold to Fernhurst.
Just a thought. I wondered if Nigel was any relation
I have been tracing the Stevens family. Various branches seemed to live in Lodsworth in the early 19th century. I have traced my great-great-great grandfather George Stevens who was born in Lodsworth in 1793. We have a photograph of him. His mother was Jane Stevens. There are earlier entries in the Easeborne parish register but I am struggling to link them together. Are there any members of your Society who may be interesting in helping?
Hello I am wondering if you may be able to help me with some family history. I recently discovered with great excitement that I am a direct decendant of the Dennett family who I believe were the owners of Woodmancote Place near Henfield for some generations. I understand this is not far away from Lodsworth.
I was very interested in Lamb’s notes which refer to the Dennett family – I believe that they are branches of my own family from Woodmancote – and also the source of information he refers to as Mullens Harrison Esq .
I was wondering if you could help with any further information or at least point me in the right direction!
I look forward to you reply.
With many thanks.
I have one amendment and one addition for your list:
Amendment – Budd, Marie Francoise died in SKETTY not Skitty (small point I know).
Addition – her husband is buried with her – ROBERT BUDD, b. 1864 d. 30 Oct 1929
So like looking at this site as the above were great grandparents and my Mum, Audrey (nee Chandler) talks so fondly of her time with them in the Old Nursery. Keep up the good work!
Was this originally one house before the 1960s?
While visiting my mother’s grave (Hazel Bowers), I had a pleasant chat with Mrs Tree and she mentioned the Heritage Society.
My family owned Lodsworth Stores during the 50s. Born in 1955, I lived at Primrose Cottage up to the age of three. I do have an image of the stores and a few family images. Please let me have an email and it would be a pleasure to forward the images.
Re: Sarah Fo(a)rd, born in 1800 in Petworth and buried on 29/06/1894 in Lodsworth aged 94 years.
Please could you advise if any monumental inscriptions exist? I have visited the churchyard previously and did not manage to locate the grave.
Her sister Mary Ann Fo(a)rd was born in 1802 in Petworth and died on 13/12/1871. Death was due to bronchitis and shock caused by spirit of turpentine administered in error by sister Sarah! This was reported in a local paper. An inquest was held at The Hollist Arms.
Neither sister had married and in 1851 they were both living in Lodsworth. Mary was buried at Tillington with her parents, Richard Ford who had married Sarah Pratt in 1793. Sarah left £3144 5s 8d in her will – probate to Alfred Holt and Eliza Dearling.
I am possibly related via Richard Ford who may have married Mary Boxall whilst still married to Sarah. I hope this small amount of information may be of interest and I would like to locate Sarah’s grave if at all possible.