JANUARY 3 2024 – “A STAGGERING, MONSTROUS DISREGARD AND DESTRUCTION OF THIS ANCIENT PARISH. HOW DARE THEY” – RICHARD W. SYMONDS – IFIELD SOCIETY CO-FOUNDER

JANUARY 20 2024AD [THIS SATURDAY] – “WE WUNT BE DRUV” – HISTORIC ‘BEATING THE BOUNDS’ WALK FROM THE [PROPOSED] KINGFISHER NATURE AND HERITAGE PARK/MILLERS TRAIL TO THE ANCIENT PARISH OF IFIELD BOUNDARY AT KILNWOOD VALE – 11AM FROM THE PLOUGH IN IFIELD VILLAGE [RETURN BY 1.30PM]

 

LETTER SUBMISSION [UNPUBLISHED]

Dear Editor
New year archaeological excitement is growing after a serendipitous Christmas discovery of a short extract written nearly 70 years ago by W. G. Hoskins in his 1955 book ‘The Making of the English Landscape’ [page 20]:
 
“I believe…that boundaries are one of the most ancient features in the English landscape…This speculation…leads us on to the conjunction of place names ending in -field and their relationship to known (and unknown) Romano-British sites. I think it probable that the word ‘field’ carries this ancient meaning and should be explored accordingly” 
 

Exploration is now taking place within and around the ancient boundary of the Parish of Ifield – searching for evidence of a Roman villa estate. 

 

Yours sincerely 

 

Richard W. Symonds 

The Ifield Society

APRIL 27 2022 – THE CRAWLEY MILLENNIUM GREENWAY – HIGHLIGHTING THE PROPOSED WEST OF IFIELD LOCAL NATURE RESERVE – LNR [WILLOUGHBY FIELDS-IFIELD BROOK MEADOWS-IFIELD MILL POND]