New traffic island

A new traffic island has been established to replace the grass bank at the junction of Farthing Street and New Road Hill. The island is to protect the heritage lamp-post. It would make a very attractive entrance to the village if it were planted with bulbs for the spring.

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New traffic island

This is how it looks now!  The first photo was taken on 26th August and the one below was taken 6th September. This looks far too suburban for the entrance to Downe Village.

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Downe’s unusual stone

Downe stone

This stone has been in the village for a number of decades and was used to assist people. What was it used for?

It’s a mounting block used by horse riders to mount following a visit to the Forge. The Forge was almost opposite the stone which is situated at the village end of Luxted Road adjacent to Petley’s.


Luxted Road – Broken finger post



The finger post adjacent to the pond in Luxted Road has been vandalised. A report has been placed on Fix My Street with a request that it is either repaired or replaced ‘like for like’. The finger post was installed when the Village was considered for World Heritage Site status and it would be regrettable if it were taken away with no replacement. Downe remains on the World Heritage Site Tentative List.

Why has this wooden sign post been replaced with a metal totally inappropriate sign? This sign does not indicate where it leads to or how far the distance is! The original sign indicated that it was one and a half miles to Cudham. The sign is located next to the village pond which is in the Conservation Area and therefore should be replaced ‘like for like’.

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