Lurgashall Archive

Welcome to the website page exploring the history of Lurgashall Parish

The Archive room at the Village Hall is open to visitors on Wed 16th and 30th AUGUST and Wed 13th and 27th SEPTEMBER, 2.30 – 5pm.

Contact: Sarah Matthews at

Archive Summer Quiz!

Back by popular demand, here are some more fun quiz questions from the Archive to keep you entertained over the summer!

Answers, with background stories, in the coming months.

  1. Why is Telegraph House, on the Quell going up to Black Down, so called?
  2. How long is the perimeter stone wall all the way around Petworth House, Park and the Stag Park Farm estate to the north of the Park?
  3. The Archive has been given an 18th century crotal bell, found in Roundhurst: what is a crotal bell?
  4. We have also been given a bell used by the Lurgashall W.I.: when did the Lurgashall W.I. start, and when did it come to an end?
  5. What business or trade was run from the house (now derelict) next to what was until recently the Lurgashall Winery on Jobsons Lane?
  6. When was the present extension built that now houses our village shop and Post Office?
  7. Dick Bicknell and his son Jim of Hillgrove were famous for their broom-making. By what title was a person who made brooms known?
  8. Which Formula 1 racing driver and Grand Prix winner lived in Lurgashall in the 1970s?
  9. When was the Lurgashall Horticultural Club founded, and who was its first Show Secretary?
  10. The bench by the village shop has the plaque: D. Jack Farthing 1914-1985 ‘Peace on the village green’. Who was he and what was his connection to Lurgashall?