The text in the book comes from a series of articles which appeared in the Henfield Parish Magazine between February and August 1916. They are the memories of an old inhabitant of Henfield, of Henfield, Broadmere, and Oreham Commons in the 1800s, and childhood memories of Henfield Common in the early 1900s. The book is illustrated with photographs and postcards of the commons from the 1860s to the 1950s.