Sedgwick and its ancient roads

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Forgotten Roads

There are forgotten roads through Sedgwick Park and Nuthurst that over time have got forgotten and been closed for various reasons.   Do you know the history, especially any connection with droving or names of any of these?

The law doth punish man or woman
That steals the goose from off the common
But lets the greater felon loose
That steals the common from the goose

Traditional folk rhyme. Author(s) unknown ©1700s

 The Way Through The Woods
They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.
Rudyard Kipling 1910

Do you have connections with  the Canadian Army that were at Sedgwick or in the Horsham area during WW2 ,  I’d love to  know more about it, please get in touch.

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