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Carpenters Arms, Slaugham
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Carpenters Arms, Slaugham

The Carpenters Arms closed as a pub in about 1914 and standing on the right is Mrs Boniface, the landlady. I lived here for four years in the 1940s and over the next two decades visited my grandparents, Jim and May Longhurst, who lived there. The bar area was the front parlour with a large open fire and a serving hatch on the far wall in the style of a sash window. The counter was pewter and on the serving side just beneath the counter there was a wooden spigot pointing downwards. This was used to push the glass marble in the codswallop lemonade bottles downwards to release the gas and enable the drink to be poured.
Picture added on 21 June 2012 at 14:05
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This rare photo with the hanging sign was given by a lady in Haywards Heath to my wife, Valerie, who was providing home care. The middle house was probably built first, then the end house on the left added on, and the in-fill to Kent house last. The front of this house would have been taken right down to extend the frontage, hence the newer brickwork built over a beam.
Added by Arthur Shopland on 26 September 2012
I was born in that house in March 1961 and lived there until 1980 when I left to join the Women's Royal Naval Service.
Added by Lena Schriever (nee Botting) on 07 October 2012
I was wondering if houses might be having two bedrooms knocked into one to avoid paying the so-called "Bedroom Tax".
The Carpenters Arms, shown here, has windows blocked up to avoid a window tax, introduced over 300 years ago.
The centre house has had its upper window reinstated, and the window below, on the left, is now in the centre and the door moved to the left.
Added by Arthur Shopland on 31 October 2013
I lived in the middle cottage with my mother who was the cook at the Beeches from 1957 until her death in 1973. I left in 1962 when I left school.
The cottage had a living room/kitchen with a range; the room on the left was a scullery. There were two bedrooms upstairs. Outside we had a shed with a copper boiler and of course the outside toilet.
I remember Mr Longhurst who lived in the cottage on the right. It had a very large creepy cellar!
Added by John Stewart on 28 August 2014
John, my recollections are of the house having a mud room as you walk in the back door, leading to a dining room, kitchen, then on to a large interim room where the front door is located and stairs leading to three bedrooms with bath. After the interim room was the sitting room.
I have very vague memories of the stairs in the dining room being closed as the house went from a two-family to a one-family house as our family grew and after you guys had left.
Perhaps Arthur Shopland can spread some light here.
I agree with you totally on "Uncle Jim's" creepy basement!
Added by Lena Schriever (née Botting)(USA) on 29 August 2014
Lena, I helped your Mum and Dad (Rita and Hedley) move into the cottages; I was 14 at the time. They used to live at Oak Cottage, near Coopers Wood, Handcross.
John, I remember when you and your Mum lived at Coopers Wood. This is a small world.

Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 29 August 2014
Hi Mike! I remember you!!
Added by Lena Schriever (née Botting)(USA) on 30 August 2014
Correction, my mother (Rose) worked at Slaugham Park (not the Beeches).
Lena, our back door led into the scullery which just had a large shallow stone sink and water tap, a pantry and a table and chairs. I just remember it being very cold in the winter as the only heating in the cottage was from the range in the living room.
Are you related to Hilary Botting, her mum and Rose were very good friends?
Added by John Stewart on 30 August 2014
Hi John, our kitchen had a Rayburn which was the main heat source for the house with a small fireplace in the living room. No other heat source, which was typical I guess.
Did your living room have the Rayburn? I'm not sure where the scullery was.
I'm not related to Hilary Botting, so far as I know. My Dad was Hedley and his siblings were Colin, Peg and May.
Added by Lena Schriever (née Botting)(USA) on 31 August 2014
Hi Lena.
I lived at Ditton Place, Staplefield and remember you well from the Chequers. I knew Dave Arnott well at the time.
I left in 1985 to start a new career in t'North.
Dick Leech was one of your near-neighbours.
Added by Dennis Grant on 28 January 2015
Hi Lena Schriever, I'm almost sure we're related!
My dad was Percival (Percy) Bailey. He and your dad were first cousins I think.
I have a picture of your dad at my parents' wedding in 1958. He always talked about your dad with great affection.
(Private email address has been sent to Lena. BR)
Added by Clare Bailey on 09 October 2015
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