A Timeline - 1900 to Present Day
A chronological record of significant events describing the development of Sidlesham LSA from the 1930s until the present day.
Before the LSAEdit DateEdit Asset
Prior to the arrival of the LSA there was a strong farming tradition in the area.
Some of the pre-existing farms included Bakers, Chalder, Church, Easton, Ferry, Fletchers, Great Ham, Greenwood, Haise, Halsey, Ham, Highleigh, Jury, Keynor, Marblestone, Marsh, Oakhurst, Porthole, Redgate, Rookery, Shotfold and Street End.
No Chalk, Fletchers or Street End Lanes nor First, Second or Third Avenues in Almodington.
RoadbuildersEdit DateEdit Asset
A team of roadbuilders, including Jos Aitchison & William Corner, arrived in Sidlesham to construct what are now Chalk and Fletchers Lanes in Sidlesham as well as First, Second and Third Avenues in Batchmere.
Stirland Builders (Birdham) was awarded the contract to build the LSA houses.
Return homeEdit DateEdit Asset
Entries in the Primary School records show that several of the early settlers 'returned north', 'went back to Abertillery', 'returned to Durham' as they were unable to adapt to the new way of life. They were replaced by more unemployed miners and shipbuilders like the Dixons (No 50) & Wilsons (No 82).
World War TwoEdit DateEdit Asset
The original objectives of the LSA to allocate smallholdings settlements to the unemployed was suspended in order to maximise food production at the outbreak of the Second World War.
Vacant smallholdings were occupied by US and Canadian soldiers.
Some tenants had evacuees from London - Cowans (No 10) & Booth (No 15)
The Home Guard, comprising a number of LSA tenants, was based at both Keynor Hut and No 88 Fletchers.
Worst Thunderstorms for 20 yearsEdit DateEdit Asset
The worst thunderstorm to hit the Chichester area for twenty years roared on Tuesday night (10th January 1956) through Sidlesham 'the smallholders village' wreaking thousands of pounds worth of damage to greenhouses and farm buildings. Reported in the Chichester Observer article & the Hampshire Telegraph and Portsmouth Gazette with photo of Henry Grimes (No 84 Fletchers)
Proposed disbanding of the LSAEdit DateEdit Asset
On December 2nd 1982, Peter Walker announced the proposed disbanding of
the LSA Estates to the House of Commons. All Estates were to be
encouraged to set up their own co-operatives which were to be running by 31st
March the following year.
“A fortnight before Christmas we heard it on the radio one morning that
all the LSA was going to close down. That’s the way we heard it from
the radio. What are you going to do? You just don’t know. And it meant
your packing shed was gone, your maintenance on the house, all those sort
of things that were just going to close. We were just left in the air. It
sorted itself out and I don’t know if it was for the good or for the bad.”
(Arthur Wilson (No 86) on Grime to Groceries BBC Radio 2001)
Sidlesham GrowersEdit DateEdit Asset
Formation of SIdlesham Growers with 89 of the former LSA tenants, led by Ernie Boxall (No 107 Batchmere)
The LSA Propagation Unit became Almodington Nurseries, managed by former LSA tenants.
Other LSAs set up similar co-operatives, for example: Cambridge Salad Producers (Abington LSA) & Yorkshire Salads (Snaith LSA)
A group of tenants (across the country) sue the government for compensation.
Administration of the Estate.Edit DateEdit Asset
The administration of the estate is still the responsibility of the Estate Manager and marketing will continue until 30th April 1983. Mr Boxall and his committee have no jurisdiction on the estate, other than organising the new co-operative, until 1st May when they take over the marketing for members of the Co-operative. (LSA Bulletin No 2529)
Heritage TrailEdit DateEdit Asset
A Heritage Trail has been created to commemorate the Sidlesham & Batchmere LSA. It was launched at an LSA day held at Keynor (Farm) House and Hut which was previewed by BBC South Today.
A trail leaflet is available. Smartphone owners can use our offline trail which provides the trail information using GPS, or you can download and print a copy of the trail leaflet from this website.
LSA Exhibition & FilmEdit DateEdit Asset
An exhibition explaining the development of the LSA, including our own film, was launched at the Novium Museum in Chichester on 9th November 2015. The film, which combines LSA archive footage and interviews with ex-tenants and staff, was made by Ben Cloud of Millstream Productions (Emsworth). Ben is the great grandson of Henry Cloud, a boiler maker from Palmers Shipyard in Jarrow, who came to Sidlesham in 1936.