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Spy Farm

KEY POINTS

  • This picture was taken in c1950 from Spy Lane Chapel looking back towards Spy Farmhouse which is just seen in the background. Spy Farm covered a large area and the picture provides an insight into how little had changed since Spy Farmhouse was built, 400 years before.
  • Spy Farmhouse is one of the oldest farmhouses in the village originally constructed around c1530.
  • The land was known as Spy Common and the ridge around the area known as Merry Hills, possibly meaning ancient dancing hills or open meeting place.
  • Spy Farm was part of Loxwood Hall Estate until the 20th century.
  • The Map of 1807 shows the farm was named “Spye Farm”
  • The farms were connected by cart tracks until the middle of the 19th century.
  • In 1830 maps show a “New Road” had been constructed leading to the farm and the road was eventually named Spy Lane taking the ancient name of the farmhouse and Spy Common.
  • Spy Farm was sold as part of the break-up of the Loxwood House Estate lands in 1905.

TIMELINE

Henry VIII 1509 – 1547 (The Tudors).

View to Spy Farm 1950
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