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Tilgate Forest Cottage, Pease Pottage
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Tilgate Forest Cottage, Pease Pottage

The impressive but strangely-named Tilgate Forest Cottage (aka Tilgate Cottage) was built as a country residence but for the last half century has been used for commercial purposes. It has been used by British Caledonian and BAA for training purposes, Crawley Forest School, and is now destined to be a detention centre for refugees due to its proximity to Gatwick Airport.
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This house was owned by my family and was also run as a hotel after the second world war by my grandmother, Catherine Dorothy Ferguson-Lees. At that time it was called The Tilgate Forest Hotel.
Added by Penny McLaren on 10 February 2013
A local newspaper has re-printed a report of a burglary at this house in 1894 and the incident was investigated by PC Anscombe from Handcross. The report can be viewed by clicking on Open Document above. I am intrigued how precisely, in 1894, he "went in pursuit of the men"!
Businessman, Francis Luscombe (44), lived at the house with his wife and four female domestic staff according to census records.
Does anyone have any information on PC Anscombe?
Any information as to the identity of the villains should be directed to the "Cold Case" team at Crawley police station.
Added by David Pearce on 14 July 2013
This was also home to the well-known Goddard family.
Son, John 'Jumbo', was extremely famous for his fabulous cars kept in England at the Donington Collection and at his homes in Sydney. He was also a great sailor and boat owner and collected clocks, books, engines etc.
He made a fortune in diamond mining in Africa, and spent the summers either in England or Australia - he hated winters and was extremely colourful.
He died in 1983 but is not forgotten.
Added by Les Hughes on 15 January 2015
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