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Subway at Handcross school
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Subway at Handcross school

With increased traffic expected on the new by-pass in Handcross it was decided that they would have to build a subway under the new A23 dual carriageway for the safe passage of pedestrians from the village to the school. No doubt it was considered somewhat safer than having a couple of lollipop ladies on duty at road level!
The picture shows at least fifteen men working on the project that had to be completed before the new road could be laid.
In the 1990s the A23 was re-routed to run behind the school and the subway was no longer required. It was fully covered over with earth and tarmac awaiting discovery by a team of archaeologists sometime in the distant future.
The new bypass was debated in the House of Lords in 1959 and the relevant pages of Hansard can be viewed by clicking on Open Document.
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Picture added on 25 November 2012 at 15:26
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Schools - Handcross
I would love to find where this is.
Added by Martin Chamberlain on 14 June 2013
On Google Earth it is quite easy to follow the route of the A23 dual carriageway when it was positioned in front of the school. North of the school the route of the now-unused southbound carriageway can be seen to the east of the Wellingtonias and other trees occupying the central reservation. The subway was positioned about 50 yards south of the lodge of Handcross Park with, of course, a gentle slope to descend to the lower level, and another to ascend on exiting, with the school entrance just a few yards away.
In case you have ambitions to get your spade and excavate it, I should add that the site has recently been covered by the car park for the doctors' surgery!
Added by Barry Ray on 18 June 2013
That's a shame. Is there any evidence left on the side of the old road by the lodge ?
Added by Martin chamberlain on 18 June 2013
So far as I am aware there is now no evidence that such a construction existed except for memories of those who used it, this photograph, and the actual subway itself under the car park.
The building in the distance is the Hyde estate office situated down the driveway beside the school.
Added by Barry Ray on 18 June 2013
Thanks for the info Barry.
I wonder if an errant contractor might stumble across it sometime in the future? It's funny to think it's still there just buried! If you do happen to learn of any evidence on the surface I would be keen to hear about it and photograph it myself. The old route of the A23 fascinates me.
Added by Martin chamberlain on 19 June 2013
In the tunnel there were had dim lights in metal holders and square metal water grates at each end.
At the school end there was a concrete and stone lip that tapered down and many a knee was grazed on it in the dark.
Paul Gale, if you read this, you will remember your famous knee; maybe you still have a scar near the knee joint!
There used to be a wooden milk churn stand situated quite high at the end of the path next to the school.

Added by Anon on 03 January 2014
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