Welcome!

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.

Heritage of Horsham District in One Hundred Objects

Lady Emma and members of the team

The book launch of “ Heritage of Horsham District in One Hundred Objects” was held on Monday 7 October 2019 at Parham House, hosted by Lady Emma Barnard and attended by over fifty guests, including representatives of Heritage Forum member organisations and Jonathan Chowen, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Community and Culture.

Jeremy Knight, Curator of Horsham Museum and Art Gallery

The book has been written by Jeremy Knight, Curator of Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, and edited by Mike Burt, Chairman of Cowfold Village History Society and Coordinator of the Horsham District Heritage Forum, with contributions from Heritage Forum members and the rest of the Horsham Museum team.

Mike Burt, Chairman of Cowfold Village History Society

It was made possible through a grant awarded by the 2019 Horsham District Year of Culture and distils thirty years of knowledge and understanding into a concise and accessible record told through the one hundred objects. Transport, agriculture, local politics, the retail trade, domestic life and warfare are just some of the topics covered by this beautifully illustrated book, which provides a superb companion and guide to a journey of discovery around the district and its rich heritage.

The book, priced £19.99, is on sale at the Horsham Museum and a number of local bookshops, including Waterstones and the Steyning Bookshop.

Parham House

See “Behind the Scenes” at the Record Office

West Sussex Record Office

Are you interested in family, local or military history? If so, why not find out more about West Sussex Record Office in Orchard Street, Chichester?

It preserves and makes publicly available the historic archives of the County from 780AD to the present day. And, on Saturday 23 November 2019, they will be holding an Open Day from 10am to 3.30pm (free entry).

Come along to meet the staff, find out what sources are available, see some fascinating original documents, and have a look behind the scenes. You can also seek advice from members of the Sussex Family History Group and meet organisers of the West Sussex Archives Society.

 

“Cowfold” Tank Locomotive

“Cowfold” D Class tank locomotive

The Society has recently acquired a postcard showing a D Class 0-4-4 tank locomotive that was named after our village!

The engine, No. 394, was designed by R J Billinton and built at the Brighton Works of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSCR) in March 1894.

The D Class tank locomotives were used for working passenger trains along both country and main lines and some would have operated from railway sheds at Brighton and Horsham. It appears that a number of the engines were named after stations within the LBSCR region.