The only building shown and named on some of the later 19th-century maps of a portion of the eastern Tarring/western Broadwater area is named ‘Broomfield’.
My son and I have been researching this building.
We assume that Broomfield Avenue took its name from it, though it existed long before Broomfield Avenue was built, or indeed many of the other roads in the area, such as Cranleigh Road, Alfriston Road, Loxwood Avenue and others south of Poulters Lane and west of South Farm Road.
The building was situated just a few hundred yards due west of the Broadwater Cemetery Chapel, and maps show that there is a lane from ‘Broomfield’ running north to join Poulters Lane.
Tax assessments of 1911 describe it as a cottage/farm with barn in 60 arable acres and, interestingly, a joint tenant was Mr Lephard, later to add his name to the well-known local company of Paine Manwaring.
Does anyone have any information about this ‘Broomfield’ or, better still, know where a painting, sketch or photograph of it may be seen?
Any information would be very welcome.
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