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Furnace Pond Cottage
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Furnace Pond Cottage

This shows Denise Robins sitting in the garden outside Furnace Pond Cottage, perhaps creating her next romantic novel in her head.
The Large Version was taken on the same day and shows the garden of Furnace Pond Cottage at its best. It also shows the extension built by Miss Robins when she first owned it in the period 1933 to 1939.

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Picture added on 18 October 2014 at 14:44
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As a 13 year old boy, I helped Bernard, Miss Robins' gardener, as his right hand man.
She was a beautiful, kind and generous lady who did so much for me in helping to develop my personality. I owe her much.
This house brings back memories of the parties she threw, we had to make sure the garden was perfectly manicured.
She was a great lady.
Added by Thomas Chapman (Philippines) on 16 January 2016
A beautiful house! In 1960 I gave birth to my second daughter at Old Park Farm, Warninglid, and used to walk down to the pond to feed the ducks but never saw the famous author.
Added by Jeanette Greene (Canada) on 03 March 2016
Does anyone know of the old schoolhouse in Slaugham, very close to Furnace Pond Cottage and the pond. It was owned by the Slaugham church.
My family lived there in about 1960. We were homeless, my parents and seven children, and the church kindly allowed us to live there for a while. I cannot remember how long.
I was 13 years old and helped in the garden of Denise Robins.
It was a wonderful house and my memories and adventures at Slaugham are described in a book "Broken Lives" by Tom Chapman.
Added by Thomas Chapman (Philippines) on 05 March 2016
Thomas, thank you for the moving contribution.
For more information on the old school, click on picture #990 where you will also find links to photographs as it looks today.
Added by Barry Ray on 05 March 2016
Thomas, I remember you. You had an older sister. I used to fish in the Furnace Pond, lived in Handcross, and was 14 when your family moved into the old schoolhouse.
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 05 March 2016
I am one of Denise Robins' grandchildren. My mother is Anne, the youngest of the three daughters.
Eve was the eldest and died in 2002,
Pat was also a famous writer and known as Clare Lorrimer. She died late 2016.
My mother, Anne, is 93 and still in pretty good health and still talks about Furnace Pond Cottage being the most beautiful house. She was 8 when she moved there in 1933 and left just before the war.
Added by Virginia "Ginny" Fox (née Chadwick) on 30 March 2018
I met Denise Robins when I was 14 in 1962. I remember her second husband, O'Neill Pearson. He was always called Colonel.
I worked in her garden and I remember she would sit in a swinging lounge in the garden reciting her next book and her secretary would be frantically trying to keep up on the typewriter. It seemed she was in a trance, reciting, never stopping for thought.
She was an amazing talent. I often think of her now 55 years later and live by the advice she gave me.
Added by Tom Chapman (Phillipines) on 31 March 2018
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