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Timber-framed barn at Chodds Farmhouse, Handcross
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Timber-framed barn at Chodds Farmhouse, Handcross

This ancient Sussex barn used to stand behind Chodds farmhouse in the High Street and was the longest-surviving agricultural building of several such buildings on the site recorded on old maps. Sadly it burned down some years ago.
At the time of the photograph, it seems that some earthworks were being carried out.
The barn has a hipped roof at one end only, similar to the farmhouse.
The Large Version shows an interior view of the barn with its impressive timbers.
Both photographs are of such a high standard that they are most likely to have been taken by accomplished photographer, Derick Gordon, who lived at Chodds for many years.
In the 1980s my father, Roger Ray, wrote an article on Chodds and Windhill for the parish magazine, and this can be viewed by selecting Open Document. Also included is a copy of a segment of the Cuckfield Tithe Map of 1843. It is of poor quality but shows only Chodds and Windhill on the east side of the High Street.
No properties are shown on the west side as that was in the Slaugham parish!

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Picture added on 15 March 2017 at 10:46
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Roads - Handcross - High Street (North)
Goodness, this has brought back some memories!
My friends and I spent many happy hours jumping off the fertiliser sacks stored in this barn, before that, I remember it being used for young calves.
On the right hand end of it as you stood looking at the doorway, was a cow shed with stalls and really ancient beams. I remember there being lots of old veterinary bottles with grunge in the bottom that we didn't dare touch.
The barn behind it (now incorporated into the KWG building) was split into a silage store and an overwintering barn for the cows. Again, lots of fun was had, running up the plastic covered silage mound, stepping into the tyres that weighed down the plastic.
We also enjoyed the challenge of seeing who could get across the pile of sloppy manure that was left after the cow barn was cleared out at the end of winter. It formed a nice crust and the winner was the person who got the furthest before sinking and losing their welly. Good, healthy fun!!
The old wooden barn didn't burn down, it was demolished. What a great house it would have made!
The barn behind was the one that caught fire; I think it just damaged the roof.
I don't recall seeing these pictures before but they may well have been taken by my Dad.

Added by Sam Butler on 17 March 2017
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