Our Interest: Forgotten Rights of Way Around Horsham

There are forgotten footpaths and bridleways crossing Sedgwick Park, Denne Park, Chesworth, West Grinstead, Knepp and beyond that over time have got forgotten and been closed for various other reasons . For centuries these have been roads, in recent times they are been popular routes that link directly with other public bridleways.  Do you have any information that could help reopen them.

 The Way Through The Woods
They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.
Rudyard Kipling 1910

Do you have connections with  the Canadian Army that were in the Horsham area during WW2 or other local history about the area,  I’d love to  know more about it.

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