Today the Midhurst and Petworth Observer visits Kirdford to focus on village life and find out what makes it tick.
SINCE the opening of its village stores, it is celebrating a new lease of life.
Tucked away between Petworth and Billingshurst, at one time the small village was struggling, having lost its school, post office and thriving orchard, for which it was renowned.
It has not been without its set-backs.
At one time, it was said the liner Queen Mary never sailed without Cox’s apples from Kirdford.
Apples were grown on fruit farms all over the parish, picked and packed by villagers.
See how the village has reinvented itself in this week’s Observer Thursday, October 31