Over the past year a small group of us have been establishing The Lavant History Project and we are discovering so many interesting facts and are looking forward to collating them and even maybe publishing small booklets. We were recently asked by the South Downs National Park to provide an outline circular route for an historical walk of Lavant which of course nestles at the foot of the Downs. This led me to think a bit more about the Rubbin’ House up at the top of Chalk Pit Lane and to visit a friend who for many years had lived there.
This photo is of a model of the house as it used to look before it was completely rebuilt after fire destroyed it in about 1990. The original house was two small cottages belonging to the Goodwood Estate. One was always known as the ‘Rubbin’ House’ – as this was where the horses were rubbed down after struggling up Chalk Pit Lane on route northwards – and perhaps also those travelling southwards having just climbed up Town Lane from Singleton.
Such a shame that the original building no longer exists. The replacement house, despite attempting to replicate the style of the windows and original building materials, somehow lacks charm and the true essence of the South Downs. How wonderful then that this model exists as reminder of what it once was.