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Archie Mills, estate bailiff of High Beeches
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Archie Mills, estate bailiff of High Beeches

The picture is of Archie Mills (1895-1976) who lived with his wife, Dorothy, in The Old Club House in the High Street, Handcross. In earlier years they had lived in the gardener’s cottage on the High Beeches estate, before the cottage was sold to Cyril Carey who ran the High Beeches Nursery from there.
Archie was born into a farming family in Bolney and later worked as estate bailiff of High Beeches until the estate was sold in 1966.
In the photograph he looks very pleased with himself to have found a largely intact wasp’s nest which had been built on a branch of a tree.
No notes are attached to the picture but I would suggest that a swarm of honey bees have located a discarded orange box or similar and set up home. The box is packed with honeycomb comprising hexagonal cells some of which have been filled with honey and capped with beeswax to provide stores for the winter months. Other cells are used as a nursery to house the larvae.
The Large Version shows fellow employees of the estate, Archie on the right with Eric Stockton and Nelson, his black Labrador.

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