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photo:- Ron Strutt - 18 July, 2005

Lickfold Cottage
This report written 1953
Cottage South of Lickfold Green, was known as Franks in the 17th century. It is a remarkable building: the house itself is timber-framed, of the 17th, or perhaps 16th, century, of two stories; but against it was built in the 18th century an incongruous façade in stone with brick dressings. This façade is of three stories, with a small central pediment, below which is a circular plaque flanked on either side by three sham windows. Of the seven windows on the first floor three are also blocked with tiles. The entrance doorway is square-headed, with moulded jambs of early-17th-century style; above is an inscription J.G. 1633, possibly brought from elsewhere. In the hall is a fire-place with chamfered brick jambs, and in the overmantel is the carved figure of man, in the costume of c. 1620–40, holding a round (?) mirror in which his face seems to be reflected. There is other carved woodwork, said to have been taken from this house to Cowdray and brought back. This includes carved door-posts, a cupboard door to an alleged 'priest's hole',
From: 'Lodsworth', A History of the County of Sussex:
Volume 4: c.1953

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Re Stevens Family........Carol Twite writes:-
I don't know whether anyone would be interested in my ancestor who lived in Well Lane, Lodsworth in the 1891, 1901 and and 1911 censuses. His burial in the parish register says Vicarage Lane. This old photo shows my gt grandather up the ladder at the cottage in the Lane picking plums and says on the back around 1901. The old chap is his father in law James Stevens. Many of the Stevens family have headstones in the churchyard. I have been to try and locate the cottage but never managed to find Well Lane.
A beautiful old village to have connections.

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