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Aerial view of Handcross (3)
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Aerial view of Handcross (3)

This is the last of three aerial views (see picture #1341 and picture #1342) produced in respect of the new development of The Forge and Windmill Platt in Handcross. Only a small part of the site appears in this picture, edged in red.
Just this side of the site is a relatively small field where Smugglers End will soon be built.
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Picture added on 04 January 2015 at 17:12
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I am doing research into the history of Sussex trug making.
One of the earliest references I have found is in the Lewes Calendar of Wills mentioning a James Edwardes of Slaugham, trugmaker, in 1629, bequeathing tools to his son James. Also there is a Truggers Close not far away at Handcross. If anybody local has any more references to this subject in the area I would be immensely grateful.
Thank you, with kind regards,
Sarah Page
The Truggery Herstmonceux BN27 1QL

Added by Sarah Page on 20 February 2015
Sarah, the Truggers Close you mention is simply named Truggers, and, so far as I am aware, called that because trugs were made in that location many years earlier. This estate of some 35 dwellings was build immediately after WWII, and can be seen in the top left corner of the picture above.
There are other place names locally which refer to the trade, some having been corrupted to Truckers over the years.
There is a house just outside Handcross village on the Horsham Road called Truckers Ghyll, with Truckers Hatch Cottages just a few yards away. Within the village, again on the Horsham Road, the old tollgate was called Truckers Hatch (see picture #745), and early census records named many houses in that immediate area simply as Truckers Hatch. There used to be a lane called Truggers Hatch Lane in the south of the parish.
However, other than place names, the only other reference I am aware of locally is contained in “Slaugham”, a book of the parish by Rev. W. A. Dengate. As you do, he mentions Mr Edwardes of Slaugham leaving his trugmaking tools to his son in 1629, but he names father and son as being John, and not James.
You will certainly know this but I shall mention anyway that he names the tools of the trade as being one sledge, two socket wedges, four adzes, one axe, one hatchet, and four shaves.
Sorry I cannot assist you more, but perhaps someone else will come up with other stories of trugmaking in the parish.

Added by Barry Ray on 20 February 2015
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