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Tree felled in Horsham Road, Handcross
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Tree felled in Horsham Road, Handcross

In about 1950 my father, Roger Ray, made a special trip to the Horsham Road, Handcross to capture on cine film the felling of a large oak tree. The epic film still exists, but unfortunately it only lasts 7 seconds! However, I have managed to extend it to over a minute with some jiggery-pokery!
I remember the occasion but I do not know where precisely the event took place. In the background is a pair of cottages which I cannot identify in the Horsham Road, which leads me to wonder if they were the ones which were located next to, and west of the Royal Oak pub. They were set back from the road, about as far as the pub is today. They were replaced by two modern houses, Nyton and Langmore, which are somewhat closer to the roadside.
It seems likely that the tree was located on the raised south side of the road as its base appears to be somewhat higher than that of the cottages. Indeed, could the tree have been the one on the extreme left of picture #710?
Opposite Langmore, the house next to the Royal Oak, is the entrance to Threefold which became the home of Bert Knape (picture #1338) and his family when they moved from Manchester in December 1954. The house was built by St Dunstan’s, a charity set up to provide assistance to blind, or partially blind, war veterans for which group Bert was well qualified. Could it be that the felling of the tree was part of the site clearance before the house was constructed?
As I suggested, the above is pure conjecture on my part. Please, does anyone know the facts?
Select View Video to see the sad sight of a healthy mature tree being felled. No doubt in such a sensitive location they would have taken the tree down in pieces today, but the tree fellers obviously did their job well. One of the operators in a white shirt can be seen at the base of the tree jumping clear at the final moment!
Select Large Version to view a map of 1874 which shows Horsham Road with only the Truckers Hatch toll house (T.P. = Turnpike) on the southern side. On the left is Truckers Hatch, formerly known as Hollies, at the entrance to the Hyde. Next is a block of three cottages, Akehurst Villas, and they are followed by the pair of cottages referred to above.
At the extreme right are the “Rabbit Hutches” (picture #700), and the entrance to Truggers is where “158” appears, between Laurel Cottage (picture #703) on the right, and Kilmenys on the left.
From the mysterious water feature to the Royal Oak there appears to have been several cottages which were demolished to provide the location for the row of 14 Warren Cottages.
Select Open Document to view a map of 1938 which shows the cottages to the west of the Royal Oak and which are referred to in the second paragraph.
The map has been used for marking footpaths and bridle paths.

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Picture added on 14 September 2016 at 12:18
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