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Chodds Farmhouse
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Chodds Farmhouse

It would be nice to think that this is a family group standing outside their house, Chodds Farmhouse in the High Street of Handcross, but this is pure conjecture. Certainly third from the left is a lady who could be the mother, and third from the right could be the father wearing a tradesman’s apron.

The two girls on the right and the “mother” are all wearing very interesting hats; best described as large berets with a pom-pom atop. Were they the fashion that summer?

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Picture added on 23 September 2012 at 08:24
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Roads - Handcross - High Street (North)
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It is interesting that the spelling is Chods not Chodds. In some research I carried out about the house I found reference to a Johanes Chode (John Chode) living on the land in 1296. A National Trust survey showed that the house was built prior to the date of 1690 on the beam above the fireplace, which is the date the fireplace was installed. They dated the house to the mid 16th century I believe and suggested that prior to the inglenook, there had been a wooden smoke stack.

At a later date, the farm was tenented by Ann Batchelor, a widow. I wonder if she had anything to do with Batchelors Buildings, across the road?
Added by Sam Butler (née Gordon) on 23 September 2012
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