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Lorry accident at Coopers Wood, Handcross
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Lorry accident at Coopers Wood, Handcross

When I lived at Coopers Wood a lorry left the road and ended up at the end of our gardens. I am the boy wearing the cap with two friends inspecting the damage. The girl is keeping a respectful distance. Who are the other children?
The lorry was being delivered to the coachbuilders, and a photographer from the Crawley Observer came along to photograph it.
In those days they made up a temporary seat and dashboard out of plywood to deliver them, with the drivers wearing a thick coat and goggles. I don’t know the fate of the driver, but wouldn’t Health and Safety have a field day today!
There is a trolley jack on the extreme right, but it is not clear what it was used for.
Also, the front wheels are not pointing in the same direction which it quite a handicap.
In the top left corner of the picture are numbers 4 and 5 Coopers Wood. Therefore, could the two people be Mrs Elizabeth Sprigge from No. 4, and Jack Greenfield from No.5?
The Large Version shows a close up of the children inspecting the “cab” of the lorry.

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Picture added on 19 September 2014 at 21:38
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Roads - Handcross - Balcombe Lane and London Road
That was recovered by the Stadium Garage, Pease Pottage. I believe it hit the back of another lorry.
I worked at the Stadium at the time and was sent along to help the recovery, and finally return it to the factory in Maidstone,
Added by Brian Streeter on 07 October 2014
The trolley jack was used to lift the front wheels out of the dirt. The chassis was pulled back a few feet while we waited for a second recovery vehicle to arrive.
I think it took us the rest of the afternoon to get it on to the road
Added by Brian Streeter on 16 November 2014
Oh. Wow! Were you in number 6? Looks like it?
That's where I now live :-)
Added by Tanya on 17 November 2014
I lived at No. 6 Coopers Wood from 1950 to 1956 (aged 4 to 10).
My mother, Rose Stewart, was a housekeeper for the houseowner.
My claim to fame was causing an incident with the bomb disposal squad when I collected together some unexploded WWII incendiaries from Coopers Wood at the bottom of the garden.
I think I might have had a clip round the ear for that!
Added by John Stewart on 28 December 2017
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