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Handcross doctors' surgery
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Handcross doctors' surgery

Arriving in Handcross in 1971 to take up my new position in the Police House, I prudently acquired details of the village surgery located at Archpool, with doctors Thompson, Haire, and Murray in attendance. The notice has remained pinned up in the house ever since; hence the somewhat distressed appearance!
Today Archpool has a brick wall running along the front of the building, but before the war there was a length of wrought-iron fence and a gate. The ironwork was expertly made by Mr Sharpe who worked for local engineer and blacksmith, George Broadbridge.
In 1925 Dr Greville Tait joined Dr Wood and Dr Page in the practice, but in 1957 he suffered a stroke and had to cease practicing. Around this time, his son, Dr Jimmy Tait, joined the practice.
At the start of the war the fence was surrendered for the war effort, as was most of the exterior ironwork in the village, but the gate was nowhere to be found. However, when the war was over, Dr Tait miraculously found the gate in a hiding place elsewhere on the property and it was triumphantly reinstated at the front of the property!
A photograph of Archpool from about 1910 can be seen at picture #423.
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Following a stroke in 1957, Dr Greville Tait died on 28th August 1963 aged 71. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their two sons, both of whom joined the medical profession.
Dr Tait had a long record of public service in local government both as a district councillor and a parish councillor, a founder member of the local branch of the British Legion, and sitting as a Justice of the Peace.
A very interesting newspaper article on his life can be found by selecting Large Version above.

Added by Jennie Pettit (née Hood) on 04 December 2016
He was a great doctor. I remember sitting in his surgery fascinated by the smells and different coloured liquids in the bottles arrayed on shelves around the room.
It was the first place I ever read a copy of Punch magazine.
Dr Tate also saved my life when I had meningitis; he sat with me for 3 days before I was whisked off to Brighton hospital.
I am sure that just about everyone in Handcross and the surrounding area have something to thank him for.
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 05 December 2016
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