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Percy Bailey and the A23 roadworks
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Percy Bailey and the A23 roadworks

The inhabitants of Pease Pottage and Handcross know a thing or two about roadworks, having suffered from them for over half a century.
This story relates to Percy and Shirley Bailey, residents of one of the pair of houses known as Yew Tree Cottages, located about 75 yards south of the roundabout just south of Tilgate Forest Row.
With the completion of the bypass and bridge in Handcross soon after WWII, the road in front of Yew Tree Cottages became the northbound carriageway of the busy A23 dual carriageway.
In the 1990s work commenced to move the A23 further to the west just 50 yards behind Yew Tree Cottages. The result was that for some 14 months Percy and Shirley endured speeding traffic on the A23 in front of their house, and contractors vehicles, noise and dust at the rear!
I am not too sure I fully understand the implications of the wording on the sign, but it all sounds quite horrendous. It’s easy to see why Percy (1935-2006) looked so pleased when the work was completed.
The Large Version shows a newspaper cutting reporting on the completion.

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