The Slaugham Archives

New bypass and Hyde bridge
The Slaugham Archive
New bypass and Hyde bridge

Once again the excavators and dumper trucks return to Handcross to create this lunar landscape by digging out a cutting and the building of one of the two new bridges for the private roads on the Hyde estate. The initial Handcross bypass was started in the 1930s but with the coming of the war in 1939, work came to a halt. In the 1950s work recommenced and the job was completed. Or so we thought.
In 1992 work started once again to realign the A23 from Pease Pottage to the Handcross bridge to finally complete the job. Well, not quite! In 2012 work started again to improve and widen the road from Handcross to Warninglid.
The Large Version shows the view from the west side of the new road looking towards the village. In the distance from the left, one can spot Council Cottages, the toilet block, Fountain Inn, the restaurant, tall mast, and the filling station.

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Picture added on 03 March 2013 at 11:09
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Roads - Handcross - Balcombe Lane and London Road
Before the bypass was completed, this was our playground. From the back of Truggers to the "lump" by the recreation ground, and on to Handcross school.
It was covered in bushes of broom and was great for playing hide and seek and building dens.
The Guides and Scouts laid their trails and practised semaphore from the lump. The boys used it as a dirt track for bicycles and motorbikes.
I wonder how many people can remember those days?
Added by Mary Alder (née Tomsett) on 28 May 2013
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