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Cuckfield Road, Staplefield
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Cuckfield Road, Staplefield

There is not much activity in this picture of the Cuckfield Road, Staplefield, except that someone may be visiting Barnhall Cottages as there is a bicycle parked outside. The building on the left was demolished many years ago to provide the site for the present village hall. The building second left used to be a Providence Baptist Chapel but was converted to Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church and Priests House in 1966. Beyond Barnhall Cottages are the appropriately-named Gable Cottages.
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We are lucky enough to live at No 2 Barnhall Cottages, (no, that's not my bike!).
It's not obvious that the Victorian frontage was added on to a row of three timber-framed 15th/16th century farm labourers cottages to create one substantial dwelling, "Barnhall", circa 1837.
There is evidence of interconnecting doorways in both the typically well-proportioned 19th century front rooms and also the oak-beamed wattle and daub low-ceilinged back rooms. We have heard tell that at various times in it's history it served as a school and a shop.
The Rev Edmund Greenfield and his wife moved to Staplefield from Petworth in the 1830s, built the Providence Chapel and made the changes to create Barnhall. He is buried in St Mark's churchyard.
You may have guessed by now that we love our house!
Was the teacher who ran the school a "Miss Fox", and was Barnhall left to three sisters and then separated into the existing Barnhall Cottages? Not sure!
Added by Gill and Ron Stevenson on 04 November 2016
In my family searches, my 3 x great grandfather, James Vincent, was a deacon of Providence Chapel and he was born in 1785.
Three of his children were baptised there on 18th November 1821 by Edmund Greenfield. They were amongst the first entries of what was then a new building.
Google searches of Edmund Greenfield (there were 2 or 3 of that name over the period in Sussex including one transported!) show he was a prolific publisher of sermons and addresses.
Added by John D Symonds on 14 January 2017
Hello, I'm from QueenSpark Books, a Brighton history publisher.
In one of our books, Ethel Smith describes living as a child in one of these cottages in the 1920s, which you may find of interest.
Added by Melita Dennett on 08 April 2017
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