Lodsworth timeline

1119‘Liberty of Lodsworth’ established. Henry I confirmed grant and exchange of land by Richard de Balmas who became Bishop of London2
1230First phase of St Peter’s church 5
First phase of the Manor House in early C131
1327Richard de Brugge living at Leods Bridge, Nicholas Gentil at Gentils Farm and William de Howic at Hoewyck Farm2
1513St Peter’s became a parish church5
1536‘Liberty of Lodsworth’ ceased and ownership passed to Henry VIII2
1547Manor of Lodsworth annexed to Cowdray2
1558Start of surviving parish registers2
1567Lodsworth chalice made by I J Keith of London2
1664Rose Cottage built
1728Old House built6
1747Population 108 families2
1794Rother Navigation opened through parish7
1801Population 210 males, 223 females, living in 92 houses2
1833Hollist name and coat of arms adopted by Anthony Capron3,6
1838Lodsworth House built for Hasler Hollist2
1846Village school opened2,6
1845St Hilda’s chapel built in Lickfold
1862Founding of Fernbank Nursery by Thomas & James Rogers of Elstead3
1865Congregation Chapel registered for marriages
1866Midhurst – Petworth railway opened6
1870Detached portion of Selham annexed to Lodsworth1
1872The Three Moles opened as ‘The Railway Inn’
1873Present church organ purchased2
1874Death of Hasler Hollist3
1874Mrs Hasler Hollist commenced her scrapbook2
1875Church lych gate erected in memory of Hasler Hollist2
1881Reading Room built5
1888Traffic ceased on Rother Navigation7
1889Lodsworth Chess Club founded by Rev Charles Chilver3
1890Silver wedding of Colonel EO & Mrs Hollist2
1895Lodsworth ‘Pride of the Valley’ Ancient Order of Foresters’ fête3
1897Chestnut tree planted in front of Hollist Arms to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee2
1901Population 6358
1905Fire destroyed Halfway Bridge Mill3
1915Death of Captain Anthony May Capron Hollist
1916Part of North Ambersham annexed to Lodsworth ecclesiastically4
1918Brickmaking ceased at Lodsworth Common5
1922Lodsworth Chess Club won McArthur Cup3
1926Death of Colonel E O Hollist3,6
1927First village hall opened by Lord Cowdray2,6
1935George V silver jubilee celebration in The Croft
1945Hollist Arms forge ceased to operate5
1951Mains water arrived in village5
1951Village school closed
1953Official opening of recreation ground6
1955Passenger services from Selham station ended
1963Outlook first published6
1963Goods services from Selham station ended
1976St Hilda’s chapel, Lickfold demolished
1989Last remaining village shop & post office closed9
1999Old village hall demolished5
2000New village hall officially opened by Lord Nathan5
2009Lodsworth Larder opened
  1. A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 4: The Rape of Chichester edited by LF Salzman 1953
  2. Notes for a History of Lodsworth by Wilfrid Lamb 1962
  3. Lodsworth – The Story of an English Village by Martyn Hepworth & AE Marshall 1995
  4. David Coward
  5. Notes to Accompany the Lodsworth Millennium Map edited by John Fellows 2001
  6. Previous timeline prepared by Sue Barnes
  7. London’s Lost Route to Midhurst by PAL Vine 1995
  8. 1901 Census of England and Wales, County Report
  9. Lodsworth’s parish magazine Outlook