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A walk at Tilgate Forest Lodge, Pease Pottage
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A walk at Tilgate Forest Lodge, Pease Pottage

The photograph has faded badly and has little information with it except that it is described as “A walk at Tilgate Forest Lodge” and has the name of Allison on the reverse.
According to the 1871 census the unmarried owner of Tilgate was Arthur Allison, whose sister, Emma, married a Charles Kennett in 1866.
They had two sons in 1867 and 1869, but the photograph appears to show a boy and a girl!
The Large Version shows a close up of the young family, whoever they may be.
The picture quality may be somewhat less than perfect but it gives a little glimpse of life for a landowning family over 140 years ago.

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Picture added on 03 December 2015 at 10:15
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Tilgate Forest Lodge
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In 1858, Crawley’s annual autumn Harvest Home was held at Tilgate Forest Lodge. The large barn, its floor temporarily lengthened, gave room for dining and dancing. My great-great-grandfather Mark Lemon wrote this account of the event.
"The well-filled bags of the great barn were dressed with green boughs of autumn flowers, whilst on the floor, which in good time would resound from the blows of the flail, were placed long tables covered with white cloths and huge joints, and the implements – horn-handled knives and two-pronged forks – needful for the consumption. Mugs and horned beakers were there also, some to be filled from the half-dozen kilderkins of harvest-beer piled in the corner. The host’s seat of honour was arched over with flowers and green leaves, and the places of his farmer guests were only distinguished from those of his work people by having chairs instead of forms. Hanging like a chandelier from the centre beam of the barn was an empty twelve dozen wire hampers as a warning to the merrymakers about to assemble that no one was to be “drunk on the premises”, it having been the custom to consign an offender to “the cage”, as it was called, and there leave him to be a spectator of the concluding festivities.
Just outside the barn was erected a large tent, formed of rick cloths, to be lighted up when the sun went down, for an hour or two’s dancing, master always leading off the ball."
Added by Timothy Matthews on 08 December 2015
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