Copthorne Archive: April/May 2107
Are you new to Copthorne? If so, you’ll be interested in the book ‘Copthorne, the story so far’. Produced by the Copthorne Village Millennium Group in 1999, the book contains over 200 fascinating pages of history and photographs of the village and its inhabitants – a copy can be yours for £10. Copthorne Village History Archive CD (Vol 1) is also on sale. Please contact us if you’d like a copy. £5 collected or £6 including postage and packing. Into the Archive: In 1925 over 700 acres of the outlying areas of the “Freehold Residential Sporting
Property known as the Rowfant Estate“ were offered for sale by auction by Godfrey Tennyson Locker-Lampson, MP, grandson of Sir Curtis Lampson, and elder son of Fredrick Locker and his second wife Hannah Jane Lampson. The lots for sale included Haynes Farm, Rowfant Farm, Rowfant Mill, Woodmans Cottages and Dixons Heath, with many other houses, buildings and fields.
We’ve received a photocopy of the Sale Particulars which makes fascinating reading, as it gives details of the tenants of many of these properties and fields, how much they paid for the annual rent, etc, all of which will add some interesting facets to some local family histories. For example, “Lot 21, An Attractive Cottage Holding, situate close to the Copthorne Common Post Office … which contains sitting room with oak-beamed ceiling. Scullery with sink and copper, Larder, Pantry and three Bedrooms. Is let to Mrs Worsell on a weekly tenancy”.
The various Lots are indicated as being shown on “The Plan” – the problem is that we don’t have “The Plan”!
Can you help? If you have a copy of the sales particulars we would love to get sight of The Plan, so that we can identify the various lots (particularly Lot 21). Please get in touch! Progress at the Archive Our team of volunteers has filled two boxes so far, and continues to be busy sorting, scanning, and adding to the database the various photos and documents received from local residents. Please do get in touch if you would like to donate, or lend for scanning, any photos, documents, deeds etc, or if you would like to talk to us about your memories of Copthorne.
The Archive Team is sorry to be losing Judy Porter who’s leaving the village. Judy has been with us since we started and we’ll miss her very much.