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Handcross Park West Lodge
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Handcross Park West Lodge

The matching pointed finial atop the pillar on the extreme right is shown covered in some sort of climbing plant. However, it is noted that this finial is now missing, but under what circumstances I do not know.
Picture added on 23 November 2012 at 15:23
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We lived in the house at the time the finial was lost in the early 1990s.
An original Volkswagen Beetle was driving along what was the A23 at that time when it lost an entire wheel, which bounced and knocked the finial off!
Added by H Dray on 06 April 2013
My grandfather, Alfred Backshall, and grandmother, Rose Backshall, lived at West Lodge from before the last war until they moved to The Twitten in West Green, Crawley in about 1970, if l remember correctly.
I lived there with my mother Kathleen Backshall, and father, Alfred Thomas Backshall, when l was born in Cuckfield in Oct 1949 until we moved to West Street, Crawley in 1952.
I remember the large chicken run at the back, where Nan had lots of bantams.
Added by Alan Frederick Backshall on 31 May 2017
Further to the comment above, my grandfather and grandmother moved into West Lodge in 1939.
Added by Alan Backshall on 29 October 2017
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