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Lodsworth, Lickfold and the surrounding areas.
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Lodsworth is a small village in West Sussex situated between Midhurst and Petworth, close to the A272. It lies just to the north of the River Rother, and a small tributary, the 'Lod' runs close to the east end of Lodsworth village. The Parish includes the hamlet of Lickfold and part of Selham.
It has a small Anglican church, St. Peters, The Hollist Arms pub and Lodsworth village hall. Closeby is the Halfway Bridge Pub on the A272 and north of Lodsworth, the Lickfold Inn.
EH Shepard, the illustrator of Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows, lived near the church and is buried in Lodsworth churchyard with Winnie the Pooh and Piglet engraved on his tomb.
In the census of 2001 Lodsworth had a total population of 690 within 282 households.

Village Hall
Heath End Lane, Lodsworth

Lodsworth Church
St Peter
Church Lane, Lodsworth
GU28 9DE
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The Rectory
Lodsworth GU28 9DE - 01798 861274
photos - - - Church details published 1953
CRSBI: St Peter, Lodsworth - - - St Peters Well, Lodsworth
Ernest H. Shepard Ernest H. Shepard
Artist & illustrator
1879 - 1976
Resided: Woodmancote, Lodsworth
Shepard became famous as a book illustrator, notably for Winnie the Pooh stories written by A. A. Milne also his Wind in the Willows characters were very popular. Known to his family and friends as Kipper, Shepard married Florence Chaplin, granddaughter one of the founders of Punch Magazine.
Shepard was appointed OBE in 1972. He died on 24 March 1976, at the age of 96 and is buried in Lodsworth churchyard with characters from Wind in the Willows engraved on his tomb.
Shepard, EH - biography
This letter recently came up for sale [Apr.2008]
click to enlarge Autograph Letter Signed to Keith Clarke, from - Woodmancote, Lodsworth, 24 January 1974. Regretting that he cannot assist Clarke with his book because he had only met Anning Bell once...and that was years ago when I was a young man..."I am 95 years old and my memory is failing."
Shepard refers to Anning Bell [1863-1933], the artist and designer.
[No: 23516] - John Wilson Manuscripts Limited

July 2009
The Lodsworth Larder - New Village Shop
Lodsworth Larder - click for website

Lodsworth has not had a local store since 1988. The original shop, which was also the Post Office, was near the Hollist Arms pub between Primrose Cottage and Hazel View. Local residents have been helping fund the work by buying roof tiles with their names on. Ben Law is in charge of the build
This is a worthy venture that no doubt will be well supported.
The shop was opened on the 7th November 2009 by 3 of the oldest residents, Betty Redding, 93, Betty Simmonds, 92, and Marion Martlew, 80. - visit the shop website offline

videos of shop under construction
Three of village's oldest residents open new shop - Nov.2009

A Lodsworth WW2 Refugee
Miss O. ran The Studio School, Lodsworth. It was called that because it had been built as an artists studio. Although it was a substantial two-storey house it was noteworthy because one wall was filled with an enormous window
The next day there was a heavy raid on Midhurst, only a small market town, and much damage done. Later a school in Petworth received a direct hit and many children were killed...
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Terence O'Meara
After retirement the O'Mearas lived in a house he designed, in Lodsworth, where he remained active in personal and community affairs until after his 90th birthday. Katherine O'Meara died in full article

The Titanic sank on the night of 14 April 1912, during her maiden voyage.
One of those on board was Mr William Morley, 34, a carpenter from Lods Bridge. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger and held ticket number 364506, price- £8 1s. He died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
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Hermann Söldner, Germany


The Street
October 2012 to January 2013

post code GU28
phone code 01798
Latitude: 51.00333, Longitude: -0.68167
OS grid ref SU927232
Midhurst 2¾ miles
Chichester 12½ miles
Clerk of Lodsworth Parish Council
Mrs Helen Cruikshank
4 The Croft, Lodsworth
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Andrews, Elizabeth - born c.1816
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Fire at Lickfold workshop - 21 Jul. 2011

Lickfold Cottage - click Strange Cottage South of Lickfold Green
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Lodsworth population by date
1855 population was 661
1861 population was 629
2001 population was 690

Pub notes:-
The George & Dragon
[now The Halfway Bridge]
Landlord - James Morley.
The Hollist Arms
Landlord - Charles Goldsmith.
The Three Horseshoes
[now Lickfold Inn]
Landlord - William Gilbert
The George & Dragon
Landlord - Henry Smith
The Three Horseshoes
Landlord - Thomas Hills.
The Hollist Arms
Landlord - Richard Gill.
The George & Dragon
Landlord - Thomas Elliott
The Three Horseshoes
Landlord - Thomas Hills.
The Hollist Arms
Landlord - John Tribe.


Sofa Workshop
Lords Wood Barn, Lodsworth
01798 345345
Lodsworth Garage Ltd
Unit A Collyers Yard, Lickfold
01798 861356
The Chocolate Alchemist Limited,
1&2 Langham Stables, Lodsworth,
01798 860995
Langham Brewery
The Granary, Langham Lane, Lodsworth
01798 860861

Ben Law - Woodsman
Prickly Nut Wood, Snapelands Copse, Lodsworth - visit his website

Olympic Torch Relay route

16 July 2012
Nearest passing point
for Lodsworth

The Torch was carried through Easebourne & Tillington
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