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2016 – 30th Anniversary Year!

RPS logo cleaned ColourRudgwick Preservation Society has been publishing newsletters since 1986 twice a year. These are a source of  interest to all those interested in the village and its history, planning, environment, etc. This page is your gateway to this archive. We welcome feedback, so please get in touch. To join the Society, and receive your own Newsletter delivered to the door, click here.

RPS cannot be held responsible for any errors in these articles, which were all written in good faith. We are aware that some have errors we now know about after subsequent research.

Spring 2015 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; Rudgwick at School in the First World War,  Part 2, R Nash; Malcolm’s Miscellany, short stories: American Cousins – Missing Aromas (old Rudgwick smells)- Taxi! (village taxi anecdotes) – Get me to the Church on Time (weddings) – Blackdown (Hill), M Francis.

Autumn 2014 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; Rudgwick at School in the First World War, Part 1, R Nash; Peter & Anneke Adorian, an Appreciation, S M & A Adorian; Rudgwick Brickworks, T Harrison; Rudgwick’s (Railway) Goods Yard, M Francis; Fill her up (garage stories), M Francis.

Spring 2014 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; Arun Bank becomes Rudgwick Grange, Development of Horticulture in Tisman’s Common (part 2), R Nash; Farming Days Baynards Estate), M Francis; Morning Coffee (Rodon Burge), M Francis.

Autumn 2013 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; Tales of Two Countesses (Egglinton & Winton and de Pret Roose), G Ayres; Rudgwick: A Centre of Market Gardening and Fruit Farming (part 1), R Nash; A Sad Tale (George Standing, fly proprietor), M Francis.

Spring 2013 Newsletter  Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; Head for Heights (on the church tower), M Francis; Some more Descendents of James and Hannah Braby (3), R Nash; Memories of Steam (at Rudgwick station), M Francis.

Autumn 2012 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; William Port’s Notes on Rudgwick, M Francis; Royal Jubilee Special: Rudgwick 60 Years Ago (when Queen Elizabeth came to the throne), R Nash; A History of Jubilees and Coronations in Rudgwick, R Nash.

Spring 2012 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; London Olympics Special, History of Sports in Rudgwick: Rudgwick Cricket Club, V Sanderson; Rudgwick Cricket: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, R Nash; Rudgwick Tennis Club, R Nash & A Rollings; Rudgwick Football Club, B Burse & R Nash; King George’s Field, 1937-1948, R Nash.

Autumn 2011 Newsletter Contents: Draft National Planning Framework, V Sanderson; Alan J. Siney – An Appreciation, R Nash; A History of Bricks in Rudgwick, D Garritty; Rudgwick in 1859, M Francis; The Brabys, A Victorian Family (2), R Nash; Bucks Green Camp and Resentment of the Army Stationed at Rudgwick, M Francis.

Spring 2011 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; Any Old Iron, M Francis; Rudgwick’s Coronation Plans 1937, M Francis; Rudgwick’s Telegram to the King (1935), M Francis; Rudgwick’s Centenary Census 1911, R Nash; Wanford Mill and the Allberry Family, A Siney.

Autumn 2010 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; Bricks in the Wall (stories of railway bridges) , M Francis; The Rudgwick Church Robbery, 1852, A Siney; Cash Crop (harvesting from the wild), M Francis; The Braby Family (1), R Nash; Rudgwick’s War Efforts (1940s), M Francis.

Spring 2010 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; Malcolm’s Miscellany – Village Jottings, Steam Radio..and Some Ancient TV, A Summer’s Railway Memory, M Francis; The Road from London to Arundel, R Nash; A View from Rudgwick Ridge, R Nash; The Cricketers..aka The Mucky Duck, R Nash.

Autumn 2009 Newsletter Contents: The Bicentenary of the Guildford and Horsham Turnpike Road – 2009, A Siney; Flemings Stores, M Francis; Warhams, Naldretts Lane, Rudgwick, D Chatwin; The House on the Hill – Pallinghurst (2): the MacAndrew Years, 1919-1959, R Nash.

Spring 2009 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; Ann Secretan 1909-2008, J Muir; Babs McWilliam 1918-2009, M Francis; Leafless but not Lifeless (settlement history), A Siney; The Bridges View (around the station), M Francis; Sparrow Hawks, E Slade; The House on the Hill  – 1   (Pallinghurst ), R Nash.

Autumn 2008 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; Rudgwick’s First Fatal Road Accident (1891)? and the first shooting accident (1585), A Siney; Farming Special I: Farming near Rudgwick’s Historic Mill on the Arun (Gibbons Mill), A Adorian; Shortloes Farm, The Haven, J Childs; A Penny Bazaar (Little Kings), M Francis; Lost landmarks (of Rudgwick), M Francis; Wartime Rudgwick: Roger Moulds’ Childhood Memories at Eames House, R Nash; The Brighton Junction Railway, 1845, G Ayres.

Spring 2008 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; Farming Special II: A Rudgwick Land Girl, C Butcher; Rudgwick Organic Beef, Pork and Veal at Canfields, E Bargman; Barnsfold Nurseries, 1964-2008, N Wait; Family Farming the Harrison Way, C Harrison; Rudgwick’s Ducking Stool, erected in 1596, A Siney; Transformation of Hitchcocks (3 – The Tredegar years), Honeywood House, Rowhook, R Nash.

Autumn 2007 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, V Sanderson; Our Friend the Robin, E Slade; A History of Hermongers, Rudgwick, and the Busk Family, A Siney; Transformation of Hitchcocks (2 – Duchess of San Teodoro/Princess of Colunna), Oakhurst Grange, a Rowhook Estate, R Nash; The Oldest House in Rudgwick (Warhams), R Nash; Food for Thought ( a starter to our Farming Specials, above), M Francis.

Spring 2007 Newsletter Contents: Stan Smith – An Appreciation, L Hawkins; A Stan Smith Archive for Rudgwick, R Nash; Transformation of Hedgecocks (Hitchcocks), a Rowhook Farm (1 – Nash and Renton), R Nash; Follow the Plough (some farming history), M FrancisPlanning Matters, V Sanderson.

Autumn 2006 Newsletter Contents: More Houses! And Other News, S Smith (the last contribution of our founder); From Redhouse to Chephurst (Butcher & Ireland families), A Siney; Rudgwick – The Parish Map Unfolded: The Popular Edition One-Inch Map, 1931, R Nash; Sussex Stones, The Story of Horsham Stone and Sussex Marble, Roger Birch – A Review (including list of Rudgwick’s Horsham stone roofs).

Spring 2006 Newsletter Content: The Great Housing Expansion in the South East , S Smith; Darkness (lighting or its absence), M Francis; A Change of Scene, A Siney; Rudgwick Maps Online – A Feast of Information, R Nash; 2155 (musings on a future), M Francis; A Picture of Ellens Green, A Siney.

Autumn 2005 Newsletter Contents: The South East Faces Massive Expansion, S Smith; A History of Cox Green, A Siney; A Crow with Attitude, M Francis; Cranleigh Brickworks, R Rhydderch; The Goblins Pool (Snoxall); The Camera Never Lies, M Francis.

Spring 2005 Newsletter Contents: First 21 Years of the Rudgwick Preservation Society, J Cozens; Planning Matters, S Smith; Baynards Station, F & L Clayton; Watts or Watch Corner… It Could Be Either, A Siney; Foxes, E Slade; A New View (from footpaths), M Francis; Over the Border (cycling to Cranleigh), M Francis; The Dedisham Ironworks, A Siney.

Autumn 2004 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; John Harding, M.B.E. – A Tribute, S Smith; The Threat of Napoleonic Invasion, A Siney; Rudgwick’s Biggest Bonfire (Nov 1935), M Francis; Mobile Phone and Tetra Masts, G Ayres; Rattle in Glide Out (Haven Garage & other garages), M Francis.

Spring 2004 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; The Village at War (Rudgwick on D Day), M Francis; Fascinating Local Stuff from the Internet, G Ayres; Bringing Universal Education to Rudgwick, A Siney.

Autumn 2003 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Rudgwick on the 3rd of April 1881, G Ayres; A History of The Plough Rudgwick, the story of a village pub conceived and demised out of parliamentary Acts due to the nation’s drinking habits, A Siney; Wood Smoke (faggots in Church St), M Francis; Distant Thunder (supersonic bangs), M Francis.

Spring 2003 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Easy Honey (from bees), M Francis; Fair Food (Prince Regent eats badly at the King’s Head), M Francis; Plough Cottages (continued in detail, Aut 2003), A Siney; 40 Years On, E Slade; Brewhurst Mill (Loxwood), A Siney.

Autumn 2002 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; A New View, M Francis; A History of Lynwick Street (Part 2), A Siney; Extracts from the Rudgwick Parish Magazine (1940s), M Francis.

Spring 2002 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Eric Belchamber, 1930-2002; Railtrack? (opening of the railway 2 Oct 1865), M Francis; Couterurbanisation, C Napier; One Small Spark (fire in a drought), M Francis; A History of Lynwick Street (Part 1), A Siney.

Autumn 2001 Newsletter Contents: The Deposit Draft of the West Sussex Structure Plan 2001-2016, S Smith; Rudgwick’s Stone Seats, A Siney; Rudgwick Pageant 1932, M Francis; More About Horsham Fire Brigade, A Siney; A Little King’s Head History, M Francis; Home Guard Hut, M Francis.

Spring 2001 Newsletter Contents: Housing in the South East, S Smith; Pond Tayle Cottage – Long Forgotten, A Siney; A Sussex Poet (Belloc), M Francis; Fire (Redhouse barn, 1912); Remember Them? (WW1), G Turberville Smith; Bucks Green, 1840, A Siney.

Autumn 2000 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Home Grown (past gardening tales), M Francis; Beekeeping in Rudgwick, E Slade; Rudgwick Village Map 1840 – a Description and List of its Inhabitants, A Siney; Painting Lessons builders, incl Harold Tate), M Francis; Lost Houses, M Francis; Then and Now (King’s Head).

Spring 2000 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Saxes Plat, Tismans Common, A Siney; Bucks Green, A Siney; Agriculture in Crisis, J Harrison; Rooks, M Francis; Well Well, (stationary engines & wells), M Francis; Parish Records, A Siney; Sacred Sounds (at Holy Trinity church), M Francis

Autumn 1999 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; The Slow Train (video of the Guildford Horsham Line), M Francis; Rudgwick 35 Years Ago, E Slade; Timber! (WW2 bombs & their legacy), M Francis; Rudgwick and District Vegetable, Fruit and Flower Shows (1938 featured), M Francis.

Spring 1999 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; The Downs Link Laid Bare – The Facts, J Kirkman; Sunday Post (rural Rudgwick postal delivery), M Francis; Scientific Poultry Breeders Association Ltd, S Smith; Obituary: Pamela Henderson, J Cozens; A Tale with a Sting (bees), E Slade; Wedding Bells (at Rudgwick church), M Francis;

Autumn 1998 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; An Unusual Hornbeam Tree (N of Furnace Ponds), A Siney; It’s Not Cricket (Parish Magazine 1945, cricket and new housing), M Francis; A Little South of Rudgwick (Rudgwick Flemings in Australia), M Francis; Go West (Blackdown), M Francis.

Spring 1998 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Life at Rudgwick School Before the First World War (by his father, written c1980), M francis; The Village (Rudgwick) in the World, J Cozens; Cranlrigh & District Conservation Volunteers, T Fox; Cecilia Butcher, BEM, Sub-Postmistress, Rudgwick Post Office, 1945-1988, A Tribute, S Smith; Parish Notes in the 1890s, M Francis; Extracts from the 1929 Rudgwick Church Magazine (its first year of publication), compiled M Francis.

Autumn 1997 Newsletter Contents: Future Planning Proposals, S Smith; Churchman’s Meadow, S Smith; Hedgerow Regulations, D Muir, Church Fetes in the 1950s, M Francis.

Spring 1997 Newsletter Contents: Housing in Rudgwick, B Sutton; Future Planning Proposals, S Smith; Obituary: EF ‘Tommy’ Thompson, 1913-1997, V Lowndes; From Little Acorns…(2, oak trees in the hedgerows), A Siney;  Steam Radio (history of radio and TV in Rudgwick), M Francis; Gaskyns Estate (Gaskins Farm), A Siney.

Autumn 1996 Newsletter Contents: Gaskyns Pond (2), L Hawkins; A Winter Walk (from the King’s Head), M Francis; From Little Acorns…. (1, oak trees), A Siney; Harvest 1964, M Francis.

Spring 1996 Newsletter Contents: Gaskyns Pond (1), L Hawkins; Brickkiln Farm and Local Brickmaking (2), A Siney; Sussex and Beyond, A Tribute to Doris Ashby (wildlife photographer), M Oates; Reynall Cotton, 1717-1779 (cricketer), M Francis; Memories at Monkton Hook, V Jones; Village Jottings (Charlie Tate’s memories of people in old Rudgwick), M Francis; Lost Houses (Cox green smith’s & anon. painting); The School Outing 1952, M Francis; Obituary: Norman Bassett, 1905-1996, H Baddeley.

Autumn 1995 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Brickkiln Farm and Local Brickmaking (1), A Siney; A Little Local Time Travel (musings on our past & future), M Francis; Obituary: Angela Murgatroyd, J Stephenson & S Smith; Clear Skies (war and post-war overflying), M Francis; Cecilia Butcher – 50th Anniversary (as Postmistress), M Francis; Obituary: Alan Mitchell, 1922-1995, S Smith.

Spring 1995 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign, J Cozens; Winter, 1954, M Francis; A Pallinghurst Country Gal, A Child’s Wartime: Memories of Vera Jones (two articles abstracted from longer pamphlet by Vera  who lived at Brickkiln Farm), J Cozens; The Mystery of Rudgwick (Tithe Map); Important Discoveries at Rudgwick Brickworks: The Rudgwick Dinosaur, The Dragonflies with No Name! – two articles from Horsham Museum.

Autumn 1994 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Obituary: The End of an Era, Joan Boxall, J Slade; Obituary: Dr John Hodson, P Adorian; Miller Homes (Foxholes); Mid-Sussex Badger Protection Group, J Spooner; Rudgwick Church Bells, M Francis; Rudgwick Parish Magazine, 1939; The Threshing Machine, M Francis.

Spring 1994 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, J Cozens & S Smith; The Best Song in Praise of Cricket (by Reynall Cotton), G Ayres; Obituaries: Harold Francis, 1903-1993, M Francis; Geoffrey Humphrey 1912-1993, S Smith; Lesley Tilley, 1935-1994, J Tilley; Rudgwick Church Roof, M Francis; Congratulations: Roger & Lesley Catchpole (Booker Prize for Catchpole’s Stores); Cecilia Butcher (BEM).

Autumn 1993 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Deer in Rudgwick, G Ayres; The Lost Land (loss of land to development in SE), L Hawkins; Rudgwick 18th Century Map (1st Ed. O.S.), A Siney; We Deliver (shops), M Francis; Second Runway at Gatwick Airport, J Cozens.

Spring 1993 Newsletter Contents: Obituary: Muriel Boxall, 1904-1993, S Smith; High Summer, 1954, M Francis; Timber-Framed House in Rudgwick, S Smith; What about our ivy?, G Ayres.

Autumn 1992 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Recycling our Waste, H Alker; Guncasting in the Weald, A Siney; Crime in the Community, B Sutton; Rudgwick Chapels, M Francis; Extracts, Parish Magazine, Jan 1943.

Spring 1992 Newsletter Contents: Preservation Society News, S Smith; The Crisis in Farming, J Harrison;  Charlie Tate, 1896-1969, N Francis; The Village Post Office, C Butcher; Percy Naldrett, 1888-1973, P Naldrett Peak; Conservation – Yes in my backyard, N Mitchell.

Autumn 1991 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Preservation Society News; The Post Cart, C Butcher; Starting at the King’s Head, A Walk Round Rudgwick in the 1950s, M Francis; A Visit to the Brickworks, J Knights; A Brief History of Pennthorpe School, L Hawkins from material by Rev J Spencer;

Spring 1991 Newsletter Contents: Preservation Society News, S Smith; ‘The Stores’, Catchpole’s of Rudwick, from material by L Catchpole and others; Some Rural History (Shillinglee), A Siney; Long After the last Train (Downs Link), A Franks.

Autumn 1990 Newsletter Contents: Preservation Society News, S Smith; The Rudgwick Brickworks, R Fawkes; Obituaries: Eileen Boxall, 1897-1990, V Lowndes; Ivy Port, 1898-1990, N Bassett; Frank Butcher 1912-1990, D McWilliam; R Morley, 1939-1990, anon; Rudgwick in the War (Dorothy Black, ‘ Now I Must tell You About Our Village Bomb’), anon.

Spring 1990 Newsletter Contents: Field Place and Shelley, A Shelley; Enforcing Planning Control, S Smith; Memories of Rudgwick, E Tuff.

Autumn 1989 Newsletter Contents: Preservation Society News, S Smith; Conservation Means What?, G Ayres; The Good Old Days (2), I Port; Does Anyone Know the Tylers? (Mabel Tyler, California), L Hawkins.

Spring 1989 Newsletter Contents: Ridge Maternity Home, J Boxall; Rudgwick Band, M Francis; The Good Old Days (1), I Port.

Autumn 1988 Newsletter Contents: Some Reminiscences of Rudgwick at the Turn of the Century, E, M, & J Boxall; Sunday in the Early 1900s, I Port; Lost and Found – 2, metal detecting, P Frenchum; Dr Annie McCall – A Remarkable Resident of Rudgwick (Sanatorium), S Smith; The Naldrett Family Wills (2), P Naldrett Peak.

Spring 1988 Newsletter Contents: Annual (Village) Events, I Port; Has Anyone Seen Roman Rudgwick?, J English; The Naldretts of Rudgwick (1), P Naldrett Peak.

Autumn 1987 Newsletter Contents: Lost and Found – 1 (metal detecting at Moated House Farm) , P Frenchum; Riggewick in 1341 (Nonae Roll), S Smith.

Spring 1987 Newsletter Contents: Restoring Old Buildings, P Venning; Please Shut the Gate (escaping cows), C Griffin; Helping Nature (glowworms & butterflies), G Ayres

Autumn 1986 Newsletter Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Holy Trinity Church, Rudgwick Monumental Inscriptions in the Church and Churchyard, R & B Faultey; Domestic Buildings Research Group (Surrey), J Harding; Feeding Birds in Winter, C Griffin

Spring 1986 Newsletter The very first 4-page Newsletter! Contents: Planning Matters, S Smith; Some Butterflies of Rudgwick, G Ayres; Nature Conservation in the Village, C Griffin.

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