Lodsworth in 1912 by Harry Carver

Written by Mr Harry Carver purporting to show who was living where in the parish in about 1912 when Mr Carver was six years old. First published in Outlook in August and September 1977. Amendments contributed by other villagers and published in subsequent issues of Outlook highlighted in green.

THE HIGH STREET going south from the shop to Langham Stables

Primrose Cottage – Mr & Mrs Jimmy Randall senior, who were running the village shop
Upaloft – Existed not as a house but as a store for crockery etc for the shop
The Old Reading Room – was a reading room and the caretaker. Mrs Enticknap, lived on the premises
The Cottage, then known as “The Street”, was a sweet shop kept by Mrs Terry who lived on the premises
Rushen – was part of the sweet shop
Rockery Cottage & May Cottage No. 1 – These two were then as now one cottage occupied by Mr Jack Porter, the postman
May Cottage No. 2
Rose Cottage
– Arthur Sherlock, labourer
Woodmancote – Charles Sims, artist
The Great House – Mrs Dennett
The Old House at that time housed two families – Mr Harry Moseley, gardener to Col. Hollist, and Miss Molly Osborne, organist at the Church
Van Cottage No. 2 – Col. Hollist’s cowman, Mr Simpson
Van Cottage No. 1 – Police Constable Pay
Langham Stables – Farm buildings belonging to Mrs Dennett


Lane House was the Old Vicarage
Chil Cottage – “Bumper” Ayling, retired
Well Cottages Nos. 1 & 2 – These belonged to Mrs Dennett
St. Peter’s Well was then Vicarage Cottages Nos. 1 & 2. Mr & Mrs J Rogers lived in the one to the south and Mr & Mrs Lovell, a landscape gardener, and his wife in the northern one.


The Old Nursery – Robert Budd, secretary of the Ancient Order of Foresters and connected with the Nursery.
Tudor Cottage – Mrs Ford and her son
There was a pair of cottages, since demolished, behind, lived in by Nurse Watts and Mr Hall.
Carpenters – Ernie Carpenter, a general handyman, lived there
Lannowes CottagesNo.1 – K. Courtney, gardener  No.2 – Fred Simpson with his sister-in-law, a widow
The Studio was a studio used by Mr Charles Sims of Woodmancote
Ewers was three cottages
Ivy Cottage & Court Cottage were one cottage occupied by two sisters with property at River (the Miss Wakefords)
Church Cottage – was the old Post Office run by Mr Arkell


Manor Farm – Mrs Rose, a widow with three daughters
Manor Farm Cottage was two cottages, one occupied by Mr Jim Rice, cowman to Mrs Rose, and the other by Bob ‘Sixpence’ Tanner, carter to Mrs Rose.

VILLAGE NORTH – THE STREET – going north from the shop to Myrtle Cottage

The Shop – run by the Randall family
Hazel View No. 3 – occupied by Mr Jenkins, a retired Naval man
Hazel Cottage
Hazel View No. 2
The Post Office
– Miss Curry Eden, who was always surrounded by cats
Holly Cottage was two cottages where the Talbots lived
Lodsworth Cottage, originally called Holly House, had been formed from three cottages. Dr Bramwell and his two daughters lived there
On the north side of Lodsworth Cottage was the C18 barn which now forms part of Talbot Lodge
The Old Well House
– Miss Annie Childs. The outbuildings which now form part of the two adjoining houses were part of Lucas’s nurseries and were used for storage.
Hollist Arms – Run by the Gill family
Jasmine Cottage – Charley Lucas, the Nurseryman
Wheelwrights Shop
Charles Osborn, Les Osborn’s grandfather, lived in Browns Cottage.
(The whole area between Jasmine Cottage and Browns Cottage was Lucas’s nursery.)
Yew Tree Cottage – Mr & Mrs Hinton
Erickers was two cottages. Dick Moseley and Esther lived in one and the other was a sweet shop run by Mrs Terry
Weavers had a thatched roof and was occupied by Miss Honson-Hall, a French woman
Little Gulls – Tom Howard who worked at the Nursery for Lucas
Old Bakery – Bill Ayling’s father lived there and ran it as a bakery
Arms – Mr Sibley ran it as a beerhouse (no spirits allowed). It was known colloquially as “The Grubber”.
Great Gulls – The Sagements, Harry Carver’s grandparents, lived there
Kozy Cottage was two cottages: No.l – Mrs Penny Luff sold sweets  No.2 – Mr & Mrs Jim Spooner
Brookside – Mr & Mrs Rogers and family
Broomhill Cottages: No. 1 Birchell family, gardener  No. 2 Bridger family, woodsman
Myrtle Cottage – Mr? lived there, retired.

SCHOOL LANE from Croft Cottages to Broomhill Cottages

The field where Croft Cottages now stand was known as the Club Meadow. A fair was held there annually in July. A marquee was erected near the Hollist Arms and the Foresters’ dinner was held in it. The Foresters was an important organisation in those days.

Where “Old Orchard” now stands was part of Lucas’s nursery, with nut trees growing, etc
Beechfield was part of Heathend Farm
Mr. Everett, a retired parson, and his daughter lived in what is now Old Vining Wood.
Upper Vining
where the Crichtons now live was two farm cottages belonging to Loves Farm, then owned by Mr. Dallen. The cottages were occupied by farm workers.
Where Valley View now stands was a pair of cottages, one occupied by a keeper, Jack Dudman, and a woodman lived in the other
Duck Cottage, the oldest of the houses around the enclave now known as Hollyhurst Lane, was brought in bits and pieces from Duck Lane, Midhurst and erected by Hursts in about 1960.
Woodlyte Cottage, formerly Byways, was brought from Graffham in the thirties for Dan Drew’s mother
Hill House was occupied by Miss Dibbs, a spinster
Stonehill was the village school and the Master, Mr Tideman, lived there. The infant school on the south side was later demolished. The village school existed until just after the Second World War. Harry Carver remembers digging air raid shelters for the children.
Cocksparrows belonged to the Cowdray Estate in those days. Mrs Small lived there.


Smithbrook Cottage – Jim Osborne, son of the wheelwright, lived there
Redlands Farm was occupied by the Chandler family
Smithbrook Hill – The bungalow which existed on this site was occupied by Harry Carver’s uncle, known as ‘Whitey’, who lived there with his wife.


Little Leggatt Hill was occupied by a man called Puddick. The house went with Leggatt Hill Farm
Keets Cottage was occupied by Wyndham Boxall, a retired valet, and his wife
Leggatt Hill Farm – Lionel Bridger’s grandmother lived there
Lod House was known as Oak Tree Cottages 1 & 2. Harry Carver lived in No 2; No. 1 was occupied by a man called Rapson, known as ‘Double Ugly’, who had a long white beard. The house belonged to a Mrs Upton of Petworth.


Leggatt Hill – Mr & Mrs Tooth (Mrs Tribe’s father and mother) and family. He was a Woodsman
Leggatt Hill – Frank Boxall – worked in building. He was killed in the First World War. He left Alf, Bert, Lilly and Olive (now Mrs Webb)
Stonehaven – Charlie Boxall (Ernie Boxall’s parents lived there). Keeper and odd jobs
Leggatt Hill 176 – Jack Trussler, woodsman
Mrs Levatt lived next door
Redens – smallholding. Mr Kingshott’s father lived there
Snapelands – farmed by Harry Spooner
Brickyard Cottage 1 – was two cottages. Dick Sherlock, woodsman. Harry Boxall, carter for Spooner
Brickyard Cottage 2 – was two cottages. Fred Nicolls and family, woodsman. Mr. Hall
Winters End Cottages – Geo. Mills, keeper for Cowdray Estate. Jonathan Dudman, wood contractor
Oaklands – Uncle Charley Boxall. Late Ernie’s grandfather
Selbourne Cottage?
Sunnyside Cottage – Rowland Chandler, woodsman
Wadlington – Salaman family. Mr Salaman worked in London
Little Collyers – Tribe
The Orchard – MacKay
Cherry Cottage?


Collyers Cottages did not exist
Collyers Farm Cottages No. 2 – Berry family
Collyers Farm Cottages No. 1 – Percy Chandler (Mabel Berry’s uncle)
Hambledon Farm was two cottages: No. 1 – Greenfields  No. 2 – Ephraim Chandler
Collyers Farm was a smallholding – George Reid
Gibbs Cottages: No. 1 – Hetheringtons No. 2 – Boxall No. 3 – Lander
The Old Shop – W. Ayling moved there from Lodsworth
Forge Cottage – Tribe, blacksmith
Lickfold Cottage – Miss Dilys Fletcher-Jones’ mother and father lived there
Sunrise Cottage 1 – Mrs Baker
Rose Cottage – Mrs Lander

LICKFOLD GREEN going clockwise

Monkston Croft – then Leconfield Cottages (pair). Jack Hetherington. Geo.Holmes
Shotters Farm – Gilberts, farmstead

BEXLEY HILL going up from Lickfold Common

Nightingale Cottage – Trussler
Rose Cottage – Knight
Paradise Cottage – Dudman
The Nook – Ward family, the Gentilshurst gardener
Landswick – Madgwick
Tree Tops – Whittington
Slong Farm – Keeper’s cottage for Mitford Estate
Gunters Farm – Horace Spooner
Upper Elidge?
Overnoons – Mrs Burton

FERNHURST ROAD including Three Horseshoes

Lickfold Arms – was “Three Horseshoes” – publican, Mr Quick
Gentils Farm – Mr Frank Cole
Gentilshurst – Mr Dobson, son was perhaps last man to race at Brooklands
Hoewyck Farm – Mr Jim Tribe


Sir Philip & Lady Philipson-Stow. Miss Worsley Taylor is a descendant


Lodsbridge Mill was a Mill. Mr Jim Budd, miller. Mr Morley took over later
Lodsmill House (and cottage) was where Budd lived
Hurlands Cottage – Mr Patten, farmworker
Hurlands – Perry and family
The Three Moles?
South Heath Farm – Teddy Hills
Fitzlea House – Stevens, farmer
Barnetts Cottages 1 & 2 – Trussler, keeper for Mitford
Barnetts Farm – Mr Randall


Gosdens Heath Lodge was the Lodge to Lodsworth House. Mr James Osborn and family lived there: he was the wheelwright’s son. Col. Hollist used to go out that way in his carriage and pair through the “Park”.
Gosdens Heath Farm – Birchall, cowman for Freddy Duck
Moorlands Farm Cottages – Fred Haggard, cowman to Freddy Duck who farmed Moorlands
Moorlands Farm – Freddy Duck, family
Gosdens Heath – Watson (pheasantry) Head Keeper, Cowdray Estate