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Quick's petrol pump, Handcross
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Quick's petrol pump, Handcross

Mr “Archie” Quick, a very respected, conscientious, quiet gentleman; far from quick; you were made to savour the moment when in his company. I am told that he would nail a hot cross bun to a beam in his house each Easter, adding to others left to wither.
A quality, inventive, engineering craftsman; his life would have made an interesting biography.
He is seen here operating the electrical switch of his adapted petrol pump near to the end of its use. Petrol is filling the overhead gauge tank which will be drained via the swiveling, over-pavement, delivery pipe.
More details of the pump can be found on picture #120.
Picture added on 24 October 2012 at 10:09
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Roads - Handcross - High Street (South)
A wonderful man. I always bought the petrol for Nymans from Mr. Quick and during the few days of electrical blackout following the Great Storm of 1987 he managed to fill the petrol cans (with much needed fuel for chainsaws) from the underground tank, located near the forge, using a stirrup pump.
If I took him a large bolt that had sheared off for replacement he would look at me, look at the bolt, look at me again and say "I haven't got one but I'll make you one". And he did. The charge? Usually about 10 pence! What a man. Sorely missed.

Added by David Masters on 25 October 2012
As a young lad growing up in the village in the 1970s I remember Mr Quick well. He had everything in his shop to fix my bicycle and the all-important fishing tackle spares. I was always amazed from what looked like chaos in the shop/garage Mr.Quick could put his hand on most things. It was much more than a shop/garage; more an Aladdins Cave. On numerous occasions if the said part or spare was not in the front he would disappear out the back for what seemed like an age as a young boy, then reappear with the item in a dusty box and a wry smile.
Added by David Hextall on 09 November 2012
A real gent, according to my parents, Quickie used to service our car.
His daughter?/son? gave me a hamster (and home-made cage) as a Xmas present!
Added by Angus Hardern on 02 June 2013
I grew up on Eastlands Farm at Warninglid in the 1970s.
I remember getting my first fishing tackle from Mr Quick, for fishing in Slaugham pond.
I recall the trophy pike caught in the 1920s, in a case on the top of a shelf in his garage. I wonder if its still there!
Added by Tony Northcott on 08 February 2014
I always remember the stuffed pike in a case that used to be just above to the right-hand pane of glass near the door in the 1970s and 1980s. It was on the fishing tackle side, if any local remembers!
Added by Anon. on 10 March 2014
I'll always remember that large stuffed pike in the glass case. As a child it fascinated me at how big it was..
And have to agree with David Hextall.
Added by Jane Turville on 04 September 2014
I have fond memories of Mr Quick. I also recall you, David Hextall, in the late 1970s or early 1980s on a snow-covered High Street near Mr Quick’s garage or Tulley’s stores, fall off a motocross-type motorcycle due to the ice!
Mr Quick would fill any can with distilled water for under 50p, or align cycle wheels which may have taken a week or so but were always done very well and true.
We local kids used to buy a fishing float we called a “Quickie Lighthouse”, if anyone still remembers.

Added by Anon on 03 May 2015
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