History Society Review of 2017

Nov 30, 2017 | Bits & Bobs

Our January meeting took place in the Church where we had a most interesting talk by Richard Pinkham about the history of the church and the development of the building.  We were also shown some of the vestments and admired the beautiful embroidery on them done by some of the ladies of the village.

The Society was asked by the Parish Council to help prepare walking trails around the village.  These will include a trail around the centre of the village with information about some of the buildings as well as several walks further afield.  Members have been working on this project during the year.

We welcomed visits by groups from St. Gabriel’s Church in Billingshurst and the U3A.  Both groups enjoyed the Society’s talk about our lovely village.  As a result of one of these visits we were told about the life of a local postman in the 1890s.  Frederick Barker cycled from Alfold to Wisborough Green and back twice a day to collect the mail and then deliver it around Alfold.  His descendant has given us a photograph of Frederick and his bicycle.

We were shown documents including wills, deeds and invoices relating to a plot of land in the village in the ownership of the Manor of Amberley and on which Upfield Villas in Durbans Road now stand.   We were pleased to be able to interpret the documents, some of which dated back to 1761, for the owner.  They offer a fascinating insight into the changes in ownership of the plot and the various rents and charges attached to it up to its sale by Pat Crichton-Smith to its present owner.

Liz Sargeant kindly gave us five copies of her book about Wisborough Green to sell.  These have now been sold and £50 given to the Village Hall Committee for their renovation work.

We have been very pleased to welcome two new members to the Society this year and are always pleased to welcome more!  If you are interested please come along to the Village Hall on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30.

Sue Killingbeck, Secretary