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The old pub was demolished in 1935 because it stood too close to the main road.A new Spread Eagle was built shortly afterwards, further back from the main road, but that too was demolished in 1988, and now we have the houses of Tavern Court and opposite.
TOPFurther along the road at Kingsley Green, heading towards Fernhurst, and the road scene in 1905. However, this was still a dangerous bend for cars to negotiate in the 1950s. In 1749 the first entirely Sussex Turnpike Trust was set up for “repairing the road from Hindhead Heath through Farnhurst Lane and Midhurst to the city of Chichester”.Early maps show a very old route from London to Chichester, passing through Chiddingfold, Lickfold, over Bexley Hill, Easebourne, Midhurst.No doubt this happened in full view of the toll collector!Early in the 1900s it was recorded that Friday’s Hill was very steep for horses and oxen with heavy loads.