Kirdford History

Bronze Age

BC 1700-500

Nomadic Hunting – Flint implements, cores and flakes found

Iron Age

BC 500 – AD 50

Hunting, Iron Smelting – Piper Copse earthworks

Roman British

AD 50-400

Hunting – Pottery found

Saxon

800-1050

Forest Swine Herds – Saxon Charter 898 – Pre-Norman work in Church

Medieval

1050-1300

Forest clearing for farms – Subsidy rolls citing farms – Church Nave and Chancel built

1300-1600

Farming and French Glass Working – Glass furnace sites found, Church North Aisle and Tower built

Modern

1550-1650

Farming and Iron Industry – Furnace, Forge and Mill Ponds found

1575

Margaret Cooper of Kirdford was found guilty and put to death for bewitching Henry Stoner on 1 April ‘who languished until 20th April following, when he died’.

1600-1700

Farming: Growing local prosperity – Most existing farm houses built

1700-1800

Predominately growing corn – evidence from tithe maps

1880-1900

Decline in corn growing – due to fall in prices and increased imports

1900

Dairy farming begins

1914-1918

Great War: 24 Kirdford men killed – Names recorded in the church

1934

Kirdford Growers Co-operative formed – now Bourne Meadows

1937

Fruit and dairy farming

1938-1939

Mains electricity and water connected to the village

1939-1945

Second world War – Canadian soldiers stationed in Village (Normandy stud was one of the barracks)

1946

Creamery ceased taking milk to London

1947

Townfield development

1950

Church Lychgate dedicated

1953

Village Hall replaced to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II Coronation

1969

New School built in Townfield

School on Butts Common closed

1977

Ron Snelling MBE retired from the Post Office

Village Hall extended to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee

1988

Ron Snelling celebrated his 100th birthday

2001

Village School closed

2006

Post Office closed

2010

Kirdford Village Stores opened

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6 thoughts on “Kirdford History

    • Ron Snelling only delivered the post around the village, he did not run the post office. The postal deliveries were carried on by Judy Peacock after Mr Snelling retired. Post was delived to village by van from Billingshurst to then be delivered by bicycle.

  1. That is a good question, I am not sure as the Post Office moved from it’s location opposite BlackBear Cottage to Townfield, although I do not know when the move occured.
    The Townfield Post Office closed in 2006, when the Village Shop closed.

  2. Hi, In answer to your question; My parents, Sonja & Calvin Crimmins, Ron Snelling father of Marry Snelling (She ran Snelling’s Garage, up by Kirdford Growers) was the PO delivery man in those days and he was never the owner, we as a family lived in Kirdford from 1976 to 1981 when the property was sold and the PO closed. Sonja (Mum) is buried in the churchyard having died in Lincolnshire in 1988 but wanted to return to her beloved Kirdford, Dad is still going now re-married and living in Lincolnshire.
    I am Duncan Crimmins now living in Hertfordshire

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