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Village tap at Slaugham
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Village tap at Slaugham

The shop closed in 1978 and the letter box with the monogram of King Edward VII (reigned 1901 to 1910) was removed and replaced on the roadside by an ER II model on a post. The old box, previously sited in the outside wall of the post office firstly at the Chequers and then at the new shop, was retrieved from the post office depot and installed in a purpose-built brick pillar. This photograph records the short period when Slaugham had two letter boxes with the KE VII version on the left having a plate over the opening to prevent letters being inserted. The QE II model on the right was soon removed. The village tap was unmoved by all this activity and stands passively in the middle with its dog bowl.
Picture added on 21 June 2012 at 11:48
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The brick-built pillar purpose built by the local brick-laying expert "knocked up" from stuff laying around. Most of the village repairs and modifications were carried out this way by my father, Arthur Shopland, from 1950s to the present.
Added by Jim Shopland on 06 August 2012
The tap is connected to the local water main from a large cistern by the side of the road, halfway towards the Park. The cistern is still there with a concrete cover cast within an iron, wagon-wheel tyre. The pipe was disrupted when the main drains were extended to Slaugham Park and showed cast iron sections with a two inch bore. There was a standpipe for the orchard at Orchard House, and Clare Cottage had a third tap over the sink. A garden party at the rectory was once served horrible tea when the visiting caterers used the wrong tap!
Added by Arthur Shopland on 26 September 2012
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