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Fire at wheelwrights in High Street, Handcross
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Fire at wheelwrights in High Street, Handcross

There appears to be little information on this fire, but obviously is was very serious. The original photograph appears to be faded in places, but I am not sure if this is because of old age, or whether the fire was still smoking. Any information on this incident would be appreciated. A note on the reverse says simply “Mr Juniper’s house”, and perhaps he lived in the house on the right of the picture. Nevertheless this house was demolish fairly soon after the fire. The fire took place some 20 years before the petrol pump was installed and it seems most likely that the tank seen in the photograph was a water tank awaiting installation underground. There was a well just to the left of the tank and many gallons of water were needed to cool the iron quickly to shrink the tyres onto the wooden cart wheels. During WWII the Quick family had a ready-made air raid shelter when they used the old underground water tank which is situated under the lawn to the south of Forge Cottage. It could accommodate six people comfortably.
Picture added on 31 January 2012 at 11:10
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