Welcome to the Cowfold Village History Society website. We hope that you enjoy browsing through the material collected about the history of our village and will find the records of our past as fascinating as we do.

We are always pleased to receive comments on the website itself (good or bad!) and will also be grateful for any additional material for inclusion on the site, or for help on our various ongoing projects. You can contact us by completing the form here.

Please Help Us Save an Important Part of Cowfold’s History

The village of Cowfold has had ‘Pannells’ – wooden fencing encompassing the churchyard – for more than 300 years, and, possibly, much longer. The origins of such fences are in the Sussex Saxon tradition of enclosing churchyards.

The Cowfold fence was detailed in the 1735-1801 Parish Record Book as “A Particular of ye Church Pannells of Cowfold according to ye present owners being extracted out of ye old books October 9 1682.“

This fence is thought to be unique in Sussex and, therefore, of significant historical importance. Unfortunately, it is in a very poor state of repair and needs restoring immediately, otherwise its future is at serious risk.

We are committed to bringing this important part of our local heritage back to life. Historically, the local community and other interested groups have supported renovations of the ‘Pannells’. We are asking you to do the same now, to secure this legacy for future generations.

Please donate whatever you can to help fund this vital project!

This can be done quickly and easily by bank transfer to the following account:

Account Name: Cowfold Village History Society
Bank: Lloyds
Sort Code 30-94-41
Account Number: 00269601
Reference: “Church Marks”


For more information, please contact Barry Sowton on 864704.