Mystery of Horsham plaques on farm gate solved

The plaques find a new home
The plaques find a new home

A long-running mystery of two plaques on a gate in Horsham, bearing the names Pops and Jinks, has been solved - but only after they were removed.

The plaques, at Chesworth Farm,commemorated the lives of Frank and Eileen Dunn.

They were removed during the riverside fields’ project.

The Friends of Chesworth Farm spent several weeks last summer trying to make contact with any local family or find out who were Pops and Jinks were.

When it looked like the mystery would remain unsolved, a lady knocked on the door of the Head Countryside Warden’s home and asked to know what had happened to the plaques.

It was Kate, one the daughters of Pops and Jinks, who left Horsham some time ago. She’d been asked to call in at the farm to lay flowers from her youngest son’s wedding in memory of his grandparents.

The plaques had been fixed to the gate in memory of her parents and she thought they might have been lost or destroyed.

Recently, Frank and Eileen’s two daughters, Judi and Kate, together with their husbands returned to Chesworth Farm and the plaques were placed in a prominent position on the boardwalk in the riverside fields.

It was also a time to reminisce about the family’s time in Horsham from 1966 onwards and even meet some acquaintances from the past.

Pops and Jinks are remembered on August 11, their wedding day, every year in the Memorial Book at St Mary’s Church.

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