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A forest road in Tilgate Forest
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A forest road in Tilgate Forest

The chances of anyone recognising this view in Tilgate Forest are slim, or even whether this forest trail still exists.
The date has been estimated at 1950, but as the view is quite timeless it could be several decades different!
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Picture added on 14 December 2017 at 09:49
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I think that this was on the present footpath from the Golf Centre to the Parish Lane railway bridge.
Back then, the locality was called Furnace Plain which was a relatively flat plain with a slope up to the south which you can see in the background. This track used to be the lane from Crawley to Balcombe, which used to run along the dam of Tilgate Lake. The Nix family diverted it, hence the bend -the original line of the lane ran off to the near right.
Note that this is not a simple forest ride, but that the prominent oak tree near the track grew on already eroded ground and so the track was in use for a long time.
Added by Basil Watkins on 15 December 2018
I have the same postcard view (ref A137).
The message on the revers says it is near the camp (presumably the army camp), and is dated dated August 1917.
Added by Jim Parsons on 06 July 2019
Thank you, Jim. I have quickly altered the year beneath the picture from 1950 to 1917.
Added by Barry Ray on 06 July 2019
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