NO.11, HARSFOLD LANE
Harsfold Lane was the old road from the village to Bedham. From Harsfold Farm the road went past Lowfold to join the road from Shurlands near to the junction with Crimbourne Lane.
The parish, responsible historically for road repairs, had let the Shurlands road fall out of use and was forced by indictment to repair it. As part of this work some minor alterations to alignments were made along its length.
Following these repairs and improvements the road from Shurlands became the only feasible route as that from Harsfold Farm past Lowfold fell into disuse. The northern part of Harsfold Lane resumed its importance when Harsfold Manor was built in 1890. Later on, the track over the River Arun and the now disused canal that leads to Lee Farm and Lee Place was created, the previous route having taken a more south-easterly direction, in a direct line towards Frithwood, to a footbridge over the river below the present bridge.
In the ‘then’ picture, which is dated c1896 the sails of Champions Mill can be seen on the skyline at the far left. These were damaged beyond repair by a combination of high winds and possible neglect in 1910. Left of centre can be seen The Elms and to the right below the church is Bennett’s Farm. Between The Elms and the church the now-demolished south wing of the workhouse can be discerned.
The Village History Society has an extensive archive of photographs, documents and artefacts about the parish and some of the characters who lived here. It meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the Committee Room of the village hall and is always happy to welcome new members.
The Village History Society has an extensive archive of photographs, documents and artefacts about the village and some of the characters who lived here. It meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the Committee Room of the Village Hall.
Wisborough Green Village History Society