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Walter Biggs and his roller
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Walter Biggs and his roller

Walter Biggs (1901-1976) worked on the Hyde estate and here he is looking very pleased with his mechanical roller which is pictured on the estate cricket square. So far as I am aware all the other local clubs had to make do with basic heavy rollers with several persons pulling and pushing!
The cricket pavilion would have been just off to the right in this picture, but the pine trees and the machinery shed are instantly recognisable.
The shed was later used to house the equipment for the lawn tennis club which succeeded the cricket club, and I recall that, when the 1st Slaugham scout troop used the pavilion as their headquarters, the shed provided storage for the tents and the trek cart. Is the trek cart still in the shed, I wonder?
Picture added on 06 June 2015 at 17:38
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Is Walter the brother to my uncle Bill Biggs? Lovely man.
Added by William Hussey on 13 June 2015
William Joseph Biggs was, I believe, your great-uncle. But the answer is yes, they were brothers; William being born in 1894 and Walter in 1901. Other siblings were Florence (1890), George (1893), Emily (1896), Rose (1898), and Albert (1903).
Florence married George Jenner in 1919 and their children were George Jenner (1919-2004) and Charles Jenner (1920-2013) who lived in 3 Batchelors Cottages in the High Street, Handcross for many years.
Added by Barry Ray on 13 June 2015
Cheers Barry. I remember my uncle Billy letting me have a go at pushing a motor mower somewhere down The Hyde. Ended up in a nicely mown flower bed!
Added by William Hussey on 14 June 2015
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