the tanyard

A tanyard existed in Henfield from Tudor times to 1844, turning cattle hides into leather. All that remains is the name, a tree-lined field and a pond which was used to soak the animal hides in urine and dung as part of the tanning process.

The Tanyard Field is located at the end of Cagefoot Lane and covers 1.2 hectares. Back in the 17th century it would have been a hive of activity, covered in sheds and pits where the cattle hides were scrapped, cleaned and soaked.  It smells a lot better now than it would have done 250 years ago! The field is a wildlife meadow, opened once a year for a circular walk during the annual Henfield Gardens and Arts Festival