Adultery Lane

Officially Goatsmoor Lane
By David Twitchett

On the viewer’s left of the upper picture will be seen the entrance to a clearing in Gt. Bishop’s Wood. This clearing served as an entrance to a bridleway into the wood and also allowed access for farm machinery to the field beyond the wood. It was a lonely unlit spot which on dark nights would serve to park a car containing an amorous couple. For a period it was marked with an amateur sign stating “Adultery Lane”. Opposite the clearing the front path to Bishops Farmhouse can be seen. Subsequently Bishops farmhouse was demolished, along with the outbuilding seen here and rebuilt. Today the clearing is gated!!

The lower photograph shows Oaklands Orchard c1970 which was on the western side of Goatsmoor Lane, the left when going towards Stock. The Orchard has long since been grubbed out and has made way for a light industrial estate.

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