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Willetts

KEY POINTS

  • The picture of the High Street and Willetts was taken in 1909 and was part of a series that included the same children. A barn of Loxwood Place Farm is on the left which has since been demolished, a cart of logs is on the right. The ancient Elm tree in the centre was hollow and apparently in 1887 eighteen people managed to stand inside it!
  • Willetts is Grade II Listed constructed around c1600 and may have originally been a farmhouse belonging to Drungewick Manor.
  • Willets was occupied by the Dependant Brethren towards the end of the 1800’s.
  • In the early 20th century land around Willetts was a farm operated by the Dependant Brethren with the crops sold in the Combination Stores.
  • In 1938 Willetts was one of the first houses in the village to have electricity connected.
  • In the Second World War Willetts was the village Red Cross and Home Guard Dressing Station.
  • In 1954 the first plant nursery opened at Willetts which was operated by Major Harold Mudford.

TIMELINE

James I 1603 – 1625 (The Stuarts).

Willetts view looking towards the village shops in 1909

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