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Boxall and Collins garage in Handcross
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Boxall and Collins garage in Handcross

In the middle part of the last century the garage of Boxall and Collins operated in the Brighton Road, Handcross. The photograph is not of good quality but shows a sturdy breakdown truck returning from collecting a car which requires some severe straightening out.
The garage was located about 120 yards down Brighton Road on the right, but was demolished some time ago and replaced by quite a large industrial building, but nowhere near as tall as the garage.
There must have been several people working in the garage, but I can only name one, being Bob Verlander.
Picture added on 21 January 2015 at 21:39
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Roads - Handcross - Brighton Road
This building was used by Mullick and Wurzel as a plating shop in the 1960s.
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 31 January 2015
My father was Bob Verlander's boss in the 1960s.
Added by Mike Davis on 19 February 2016
My father, Ted Boniface, worked at the garage and I believe was eventually foreman.
Other employees were Bob Verlander, George Hotten, Norman Copeland, a youngster named Johnny Murray or Morris, Mr Boxall's son, and a man who rejoiced in the name of "Sausage" Sayers. (answers on a postcard!)
Just behind the breakdown truck is a bungalow called Sherwood, and my parents, Ted and Ivy Boniface, lived there around 1950.
Being on site, Dad used to go out on nighttime breakdowns and was often accompanied by Walt Shearlock.
Added by Pete Boniface on 01 April 2016
I worked at Boxall and Collins in Northgate and then Manor Royal. I was employed in the parts department under Bill Walker..
I remember Bob Verlander well.

Added by Ian Morley on 21 November 2016
My father was Norman Copeland; he went on to work at Mullick and Wurzel.
Added by Nikki Holmes on 23 March 2017
I worked with Norman Copeland at Mullick and Wurzel. I was an apprentice tool and die maker, and Norman worked in the chain shop where I helped him maintain the chain machines.
He lived in Staplefield at the time and would ride a motorcycle to work each day. I remember those days well.
Alf Gardner and Dick Vigar worked there as well.
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 24 March 2017
I remember Dick Vigar. As a child I sometimes visited Mullick and Wurzel with my Dad, Norman.
As a teenager, I worked some Saturdays cutting chain to lengths for ID bracelets, or in the plating shop.....Sussex Anodising.
Added by Nicola Holmes (née Copeland) on 24 March 2017
If I remember correctly, Edward Gardner worked in the plating shop.
It was fascinating watching the chain being made and the speed at which the machines moved.

Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 25 March 2017
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