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1932: Happy memories of Woodcroft

Updated: Dec 3, 2023

Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 14 June 1932


—Woodcroft has happy memories for local people, it having been the residence of the Peel family during the latter half of last century, and it was with pleasure that many took the opportunity, kindly given the Misses Campbell, to visit the picturesque grounds in the beautiful sunshine of Sunday afternoon. A number of the visitors inspected the grounds for the first time, and they were delighted with all they saw.

The Misses Campbell, who bought the property about three years ago, have obviously spared no expense to bring back the glories of the past. Passing up the avenue of beautiful lime trees, clumps of rhododendrons and anchusa in full flower caught the eye, and to the older residents a lovely old chestnut, also in full bloom, was a familiar sight.


Entering on to the sunny south lawn, from which a glorious view of the Downs is obtainable, the visitors were struck with the well-kept appearance of the rose and pansy beds, and a lovely effect has been produced by a border of mauve nepeta backed by a miniature hedge of golden privet. A handsome copper beech tree gave shade for those who wished to tarry to feast their eyes on the charming colouring.

On the north side of the lawn a beautiful border of hardy perennials, and adjoining this, on the west front, was a secluded walled-in garden, a feature of which was a bed of blue, pink, mauve and apricot lupins in full bloom.

Dahlias and more rhododendrons added to the colourful effect, and an interesting feature was a blue poppy, which originated from Tibet. The fruit and kitchen gardens and glass-houses were well stocked and presented the same spick and span appearance as the remainder the grounds, and it was obvious that Mr. W. Jenner, the head gardener, and his assistants take a real pride in their work. There was a small charge for admission, and the money is be devoted to the load Infirmary, which will benefit by £5.

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