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To be really pedantic (as this site is renowned for its accuracy), Patcham pond was not a dewpond, which is a man-made landscape feature. It was spring fed; the street Church Hill was originally known as Spring Street. It is difficult to picture the scene with the tarmac surface of Church Hill, but the pond was one side of the farmyard that comprised the large barn (note this is NOT a tithe barn in spite of it always being referred as one!), the dovecote and Patcham Court Farm buildings. The pond was filled in sometime post-WWII as it was considered a health hazard and the sarsen stones which had been around the edge were transferred to Horsdean Recreation ground nearby. The flat area, post-pond, makes a first rate wedding photo location! And is perfect for the annual Patcham Summer Fete although I would rather see the pond back there.

By Geoffrey Mead (28/02/2013)

I sang in the choir at All Saints during and after the war. The pond didn't exist at that time but where it had stood was placed a static water tank or an EWS (emergency water supply) this was removed when the war ended.

By Graham Clarke (16/05/2017)

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