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Coachman at Slaugham Park
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Coachman at Slaugham Park

The photograph is of my great-great-grandfather, Yeoman Dummer Pay (1858-1955), who was employed at Slaugham Park as a coachman in the early part of last century. I presume that is where the photograph was taken.
His daughter, Miss Dorothy Louisa “Dolly” Pay, worked at Handcross School as a teacher.
The Pay family originally came from Rogate but moved to Slaugham so that he could take up the job at Slaugham Park.
What I would love to find out, if possible, is where they lived in Slaugham and when they arrived in the village. Do Slaugham Park hold records of previous staff members?

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Marc, a photograph of Miss Dolly Pay and her pupils is on the website at picture # 1177.
I have no record of when Yeoman Pay and his family moved to Slaugham. The youngest child was Walter Horace Pay who was born in the Billingshurst area in about August 1891, and he was 9 years old at the time of the Slaugham census in April 1901. Presumably they moved to Slaugham sometime between these two dates.
Slaugham Park has been occupied by about 5 or 6 families since the early 1900s and I think it most unlikely that the wages records and other similar documents would have been passed from vendor to purchaser over those 100+ years.
The owner of Slaugham Park during the years Yeoman Pay worked there as coachman was Philip Secretan, who lived in the main house with several of his family and about six servants.
In addition there are two or three cottages within close proximity of the main house, and one of these was almost certainly reserved for the coachman and his family. Further evidence for this supposition is contained on the Census returns for both 1901 and 1911 which show the Slaugham Park house and another residence occupied by the Pay family listed next to each other in the order travelled by the Census official.
My father wrote a small section on the Secretans of Slaugham Park in one of his local history books and a copy can be seen by selecting Open Document. I shall also include the relevant page of the 1901 Census.

Added by Barry Ray on 02 April 2019
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