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Thomas Caffyn flagon from Handcross Post Office
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Thomas Caffyn flagon from Handcross Post Office

Further to the request on picture #1221 for surviving artifacts and bygones from local businesses of long ago here is a photograph of a one-quart flagon with a pottery label saying “T. Caffyn – Wine & Spirit Merchants – Handcross” which I dug up on a local estate.

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Picture added on 23 June 2017 at 17:13
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Thomas Caffyn (1844-1915) certainly seems to have been a successful businessman in Handcross during the latter part of the 19th century. He appears in picture #914 of the village cricket team where he is in the back row, 4th from the right.
The 1881 census shows that he and his wife, Emma, ran the Post Office and general stores employing 13 hands.
By 1901 he had retired to Haywards Heath, but in 1911 he is described as a director and traveller in wine and spirits, which fits in well with the flagon.
Select Large version to view the section on the Slaugham parish as it appeared in Kelly’s Directory of 1891 where Thomas appears thrice; as a shopkeeper, as the Postmaster, and as President of the village cricket club.
No doubt he was part of the same family which run Caffyn Bros. the local butcher’s shop, but it seems that he was not involved with that business which was taken over by Henry Field in 1908. (See picture #99)

Added by Barry Ray on 26 June 2017
Kelly's Directory mentions a red brick Wesleyan Chapel in Handcross. Was it between Mr Tulley's bungalow and Sherlock's shop?
Added by Sam Butler (née Gordon) on 26 June 2017
Sam, with seating for 200 souls the Directory is indeed referring to the chapel which was located between Dumbledore, the bungalow occupied by Ralph and Ena Tulley and later to be the doctor’s surgery, and Wind Hill House. the former shop run by Walter Shearlock.
The building was usually referred to in the village as the Methodist Chapel, but I note that the Wesleyan Methodist Church was the name used by the majority of the Methodist movement in the country following its split from the Church of England after the death of John Wesley in 1791.
Enter “Methodist” in the search box above to view pictures of the chapel.

Added by Barry Ray on 28 June 2017
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