Photographs show the history of Fernhurst

Brenda Newman, Kathy Bird and Christine Maynard start cataloguing the ephemera
Brenda Newman, Kathy Bird and Christine Maynard start cataloguing the ephemera

A TEAM from the Fernhurst Archives has been cataloguing and conserving a huge number of photographs 
which document the history of the village.

The box of about 600 photographs was bought at a car boot sale in Farnborough ten years ago by Hayley Sutton, and was brought into the archives when the buyer’s father recognised some of the photos were of Fernhurst.

Hayley said: “The box went into my attic as they were 
too interesting to throw away, but I did not know what to do with them.”

The donated box had belonged to Edie Lucas, who had been born in Fernhurst and had married and brought up her child there.

She had also run the 
post office and worked as 
the first warden of Russet Court, a residential home for the elderly.

However, no-one knows how the box made its way to Farnborough after her 
death in 2007.

Some of the photographs are instantly recognisable, and some are only to be guessed at.

Among the pictures of Edie’s wedding and holiday snaps, there are also images of the Mud House where her parents worked for the Strachey family who lived there, as well as Friday Hill House, High Building, Fernhurst School, and 
The Spread Eagle, where Tavern Court now stands.

There are also pictures 
of girl guide outings and guide camp.

Apart from the 600 photographs, the box 
also contains Edie’s autograph book.

For further information, visit Fernhurst Archives every Tuesday afternoon, or contact 01428 653663.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at

2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @mid_pet_obs

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Midhurst and Petworth Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.