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Bakery, Pease Pottage
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Bakery, Pease Pottage

F & N Hibbs run the Pease Pottage Bakery and traded as “Bakers and Pastrycooks”. Deliveries seemed to have been achieved with two horse-drawn vans and one delivery man on a bicycle who obviously drew the short straw. Fresh loaves can clearly be seen on a bread tray in the back of the van, and “Hovis” is printed on the wicker basket. The bakery was situated at the top of Parish Lane behind the post office. No doubt the tall chimney on view in picture #150 was constructed for the oven. The Large Version link shows a close-up of the scene.
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Picture added on 19 June 2012 at 14:49
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Roads - Pease Pottage
To Peas or not to Pease, that is the question? When the by-pass was constructed around Pease Pottage in the 1960s, the new road signs named the village as "Peas Pottage". A phantom signwriter kept adding the "E" and demanded "Give us the E". This went on for several weeks and eventually the "E" was officially added. As shown here and on other early photographs the village name does not have the "E". "Pease" is an old spelling of "peas" so the "E" could have popped in and out several times. I think the phantom signwriter can safely own up now!
Added by Arthur Shopland on 27 September 2012
Well Arthur, here we go!
Back in the 1960s when I lived in Pease Pottage we were always told the correct spelling was with the "E". Therefore we did not wish to have the incorrect spelling, so my friend and I decided that we would correct all the new signs without the "E" to conform with older signposts in the village that always showed the "E".
This did not go on for weeks but for about 18 months!
During one of our signwriting expeditions I accidently held the paint spray can incorrectly and covered my face in black paint. That evening my parents realised who the phantom painters were!
(David, regrettably your confession was just too late for Arthur who passed away in October 2014. See picture #1272. Barry Ray)
Added by David Haynes (Netherlands) on 02 June 2015
I am very sorry to hear that Arthur has recently passed away; I would have loved to have met him.
The funny thing is that I also lived at Tilgate Forest Row for a couple of years with my sister Joyce and her Welsh husband Colin Williams.
I never meet Arthur, or I was too young to remember, because he had just moved to the Gate Lodge when we moved there in 1956.
Added by David Haynes on 03 June 2015
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