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I can count 17 people scattered around the Common enjoying the early spring sunshine. Prominent of those are the two boys in the foreground with their hoops and the accompanying wooden sticks used to propel the hoops. It was traditional for boys’ hoops to be made of iron, whilst the girls' would be made of wood and hence somewhat lighter. The sign says Camping Prohibited, but I am not sure what type of people would be tempted to camp on the Common except, perhaps, itinerants. The post office stores can be seen on the extreme left, with the extensive pale-coloured outbuildings of The Tanyard beyond. Further up the hill one can just spot Staplefield House, now known as Staplefield Grange. The building partly obscured by the camping sign is marked on a map of 1874, but was demolished in about 1920. In the centre of the picture stands Pear Tree Cottage, and further to the right is the school, the vicarage, and the church. The Large Version shows a close-up of the boys with their hoops and sticks.
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Picture added on 23 June 2012 at 10:27
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As a kid in the 1950s I can remember a Major Haslehurst lived in Pear Tree Cottage.
Added by Angus Hardern on 02 June 2013
My mother, Edith Marchant was born in Pear Tree Cottage in 1916.
I've often wondered who owns it now and whether there are any pictures of it.

(Moira, they are several pictures of the exterior of the cottage. To find relevant photographs or text on the website, enter Pear Tree Cottage in the Search box above. Barry)
Added by Moira Purnell (Canada) on 02 March 2017
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