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Archpool in Handcross High Street
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Archpool in Handcross High Street

With all eighteen people in this picture looking relaxed and very smart I wonder if it is a Sunday.
The house on the left with the two gables is Archpool which from about 1925 to 1955 was the home of Dr Greville Tait, whose surgery was accessed from the driveway between the house and the next building. In the two gables there is inscribed “MJ 1894”, and I wonder if anyone can identify who “MJ” was.
The next building had various uses until it was demolished to make way for the access road to Windmill Platt and Smugglers End. During WWII the Robinson brothers operated an engineering firm there producing war-related products. After the war it was a smithy and I recall standing in the doorway watching horses being shod. The smell of burning hoof is impossible to forget. It was also used for engineering classes for those interested in pursuing that trade, and indeed later is was used as a factory by Legg Engineering.
The postcard was published by “The Old Sweet Shop and Tea Rooms, Handcross” but which one I know not.
Click on Open Document to view the particulars of the auction sale of Archpool House and the adjacent houses and shops by order of the Estate of the late John Warren, Snr in 1905. Someone has added the hand-written inscription "Secretan £1400" and I assume that the Secretan family of Slaugham Park purchased Lot 13 for that price. I wonder what today's valuation would be for the three houses, two shops and a smithy!

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Picture added on 01 October 2012 at 19:25
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Roads - Handcross - High Street (North)
It was changed from "JW" (John Warren) to "MJ" (Molly Jones) as a show of her husband’s affection.
He did it whilst battling his fear of heights to fix the tiles in about the 1990s.
Unfortunately someone has since put it back to "JW".
She organised a celebration for the 100th birthday of the building.

Added by Lindsey on 02 October 2013
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