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The old garage in Handcross (3 of 4)
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The old garage in Handcross (3 of 4)

The date of the photograph of Forge Cottage in the High Street, Handcross is not known but no doubt it has changed little over the last 100 years.
The cottage is located at the rear of the old garage in Handcross High Street previously run by Mr Archie Quick.
Mrs Ena Tulley made mention in her memoirs of this location which, before Mr Quick, had been in the ownership of the Ireland family since early in the 19th century.
In November 1925 Alfred Ernest Quick bought the business at the old garage for his son, Archie, who joined the two blacksmiths/wheelwrights already working there. It seems that Mr Quick also purchased two cottages dated 1816 at the same location which in 1925 were let to Mrs Lee and Mrs Comber at 4/6 and 5/- a week respectively, with the landlord paying the rates.
Whilst repairing these cottages in 1944, Mr Quick took down a wide shelf in the scullery of the farther cottage, and underneath was written:-
“Sacred to the Memory of Moses Wells who died, April 1st, 1833, aged 35 years.”
I can find little information on Mr Wells, except that he married his wife, Hannah, at Slaugham church on 20th May 1818.
At the end of these two cottages, facing Tulley’s Stores was written:- “HOODSPITH - TAILOR AND DRAPER”, but Mrs Tulley observed that “it grows fainter with time, and is now difficult to see.”
The 1851 Census shows “master tailor and cutter” 39-year-old John Hoodspith from Northumberland living in the Handcross High Street, with his wife, Martha, and their three children, Robert, Avis and William. In 1849 they had a son who died at the age of three months, and in 1852 a daughter, Caroline.

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Hi Barry, it's very interesting to see this photo.
My grandfather, George Ernest Tomsett, was born in No. 2 Irelands Yard in 1904.
The family are listed on the 1901 census at Triangle Cottages, but had moved to Irelands Yard by the 1911 census.
When did it become one house?
Added by Naomi Buckley on 03 April 2017
Could George Tomsett have been born in what is now Quick's Cottages, 2 cottages now combined into one house on the left hand side of the yard, not visible from the street?
Added by Sam Butler on 03 April 2017
Naomi, I have had a look at the 1911 Census returns adjoining the Tomsett residence to identify the neighbours.
From south to north the heads of the families are: David Tulley at the Post Office, Clement Ireland, George Tomsett (great-grandfather), Frederick Ansfield, and Isabella Jackman “confectioner shopkeeper”.
Relevant photographs are picture #114 and picture #125.
It follows that there are three residences between the Post Office and the sweet shop. Therefore, I think the only conclusion is that Clement Ireland lived in Forge Cottage, and George Tomsett and Frederick Ansfield lived in the pair of cottages now known as Quicks Cottages.
Sammy, I am sure you are absolutely correct in identifying the likely location of the Tomsett family, and I assume that No 2 Irelands Yard was the one on the right! As you say the pair has since been converted into one residence.
Naomi, unfortunately I do not have a photograph of Quicks Cottages, although there appears to be a tiny piece of the roof showing on the extreme left of the photograph!
The map of the old garage on picture #121 does not show the pair of cottages as, no doubt, they were included within a separate conveyance. To investigate this further, I have copied a small fragment of the 1842 Tithe Map and this can be viewed by selecting Large Version. Forge Cottage is numbered 319.
The semi-detached cottages were located in the northern part of plot 320 close to Forge Cottage. In 1842, they were occupied by David Walley and Henry Linfield.
In his book “Around Old Slaugham”, Roger Ray included an article on Forge Cottage and this can be viewed by selecting Open Document.
The property on plot 318 and located in front of the Baptist Chapel can be seen on picture #122. Unlike the old garage, it must have been demolished and not rebuilt.
It is interesting to note that there were few roadside cottages on the west side of the High Street, and even fewer on the east side!

Added by Barry Ray on 04 April 2017
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