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Staplefield post office and stores
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Staplefield post office and stores

Standing in the doorway of Staplefield Post Office and Stores is Charles Adams who was Postmaster from 1921 to 1963. A glance at his window display shows a choice of soap powder for sale between Dreft, Daz, Tide, or Omo. He, or his assistant, would visit customers weekly to take your order and this would be delivered to your house. The Large Version shows a close-up of Mr Adams wearing the traditional white apron expected in stores selling food and its like.
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My dad, John Robins, born in Staplefield tells me that Charles Adams used to call me McTavish whenever I visited, due to my Scottish background. Shame I can't remember this - I love Staplefield.
Added by Ian Robins on 29 March 2013
This is my grandad. We often used to visit on him on Sundays and were allowed to play in the shop.
Added by Elizabeth Adams on 13 April 2013
When sweets came off ration in the early 1950s we would go there after school and buy Sherbets and Spangles.
Added by Angus Hardern on 02 June 2013
I had a one and a half mile bike ride to Staplefield to catch the bus to go to school in Haywards Heath.
I was allowed to leave my bike behind the shop to keep it safe.
Added by Sheila Lewis (née Draper) on 04 November 2013
I well remember my mum having weekly deliveries from "Charlie" Adams or his son-in-law, George Farmer, often accompanied by Mr Adams' grandson, David Farmer.

One day the vicar, Mr Hollibone, asked the junior class at Staplefield School what they should do if they found money in the street, obviously expecting the reply "Take it to a police station". He seemed rather amused when the answer he received was "Take it to Mr Adams".

I remember him visiting the school, presumably uninvited, in my final year there to give sweets to those who'd passed the 11+. The newly appointed head, Mr Johnson, no fan of selective education, was unimpressed.

My father once heard a child struggling to read the sign over the door as the single word "CWADAMS".
When he retired the business was taken over by a Mr Baldwin.

Added by Nigel Draper on 04 November 2013
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