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Tom Bailey at Woodhurst Hospital
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Tom Bailey at Woodhurst Hospital

The picture is of Tom Bailey attired in appropriate clothing to fulfil his job as a handyman at Woodhurst Hospital, Pease Pottage. Tom lived at 1, Finches Cottages.
Around this time I lived for several years in a flat at Woodhurst with my parents, Doug and Constance Kennedy. My father was maintenance caretaker.
Picture added on 20 October 2018 at 12:50
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Tom (1900-1976) lived at 1, Finches Cottages, Pease Pottage with his brother, James “Jimmer” Bailey (1897-1982), and Jim’s wife, Ada Bailey (née Beet)(1911-1980).
Also living in the cottage was John Beet, presumably a relative of Ada.
I met Tom and Jim in 1971 when I first frequented The Fountain in Handcross.
If I remember correctly, Tom was a good darts player in the Fountain team, as was John Beet.
Added by David Pearce on 24 October 2018
Thank you for posting this picture. Tom was my great-uncle but I've never seen a picture of him before.
I remember my dad Percy Bailey talking about him with great fondess.
Added by Clare Bailey on 07 November 2018
Aw, that's lovely Claire, so pleased I did!
Added by Sally Kennedy on 09 November 2018
I am trying to find out about the people who owned No. 1 Finches Cottage after Tom did.
My mother-in-law was born there. Her maiden name was Nicholas.
My husband is her son Mark Steeples.
Added by Hazel Steeples on 04 February 2019
Hazel, I have a few names extracted from Electoral Rolls in more recent times. They were residents but not necessarily the owners.
By 1980 Tom, James and Ada had died. The Roll for 1983 indicates that John Beet lived there on his own, and probably continuously from 1968 when he was shown as living at the house. He was Ada's brother, born in 1927, but I could find the date of death.
The 1985 Roll showed no voters living in the house.
In 1986, the resident was Anthony Hockney.
In 1989, 1990 and 1991 the resident was Derek Rysdale.
I'm sorry I could not help more.
Added by Barry Ray on 05 February 2019
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