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Tilgate Lake bridge built by Nix family
The Slaugham Archive
Tilgate Lake bridge built by Nix family

John H. Nix purchased the Tilgate Estate in about 1863, and when his eldest son, John A. Nix, died in 1927 his other son, Charles, took over. In 1939 Charles and his family moved from Tilgate to Free Chase in Warninglid.
In 1932 Charles Nix, his sons and other hands spent some time working on the land, clearing the streams and cutting back the invasive Rhododendron ponticum.
Their efforts were recorded on photographs and five of these can be viewed over the next three uploads to the website.
The picture above shows M. Mainsty (?) on the left, then Charles youngest son, Charles Luke but known as Luke, and, doing the work, the middle son, Stephen. The bridge is over the stream connecting Tilgate Lake with its smaller brother to the south, Silt Lake.
In the northwest corner of Tilgate Lake there used to be a small inlet in which was located the boathouse. The building has long since gone, and the inlet filled in.
The Large Version shows the boathouse and, to the right, a partially hidden boat.

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Picture added on 02 August 2015 at 09:43
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There are two islands in the throat of Tilgate Lake, just below the waterfall from Silt Lake. In the 1960s, when the park was still very overgrown, local children called these Bamboo Island (relict planting) and Hut Island because it had the ruins of one.
The bridge above leads to the latter. However, during WW2 it must have been replaced by another made of two steel beams with wooden planking.
By the 1960s the planks had rotted, but the beams were still there for brave children to balance along to access the island.
Added by Basil Watkins on 03 May 2017
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