The Tanyard Field is located at the end of Cagefoot Lane in the centre of the village and covers 1.2 hectares.

 

A tanyard existed in Henfield from Tudor times to 1844, turning cattle hides into leather.

 

Today the Tanyard is  a green oasis running down from the duck pond (a spring-fed pond, used to soak the hides)  with birds, insects, rare grasses and wild flowers.  Its location is marked by a towering lime tree and a maturing hornbeam.

The remainder of the Tanyard where the hides of cattle were once processed is now a damp meadow.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

 
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