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Balcombe Lane
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Balcombe Lane

I think this is the same piece of road as in picture #651 except looking towards Balcombe. One can understand why the road was called a lane being so narrow. It looks almost as if vehicles driving on the “wrong” side of the trees have created a short stretch of dual carriageway.
Picture added on 09 March 2013 at 12:06
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Roads - Handcross - Balcombe Lane and London Road
I am certain that the tree in the centre, opposite the new entrance to Handcross Park School, was not avoided in an incident during WWII because it was struck by an army lorry loaded with "18 litre petrol Flimsies", "tinplate boxes".
It caused a huge fire but the tree remained for several years albeit in a very sick condition. It seems that all military vehicles ran on petrol even the field cookers!
Search for the history of jerrycans. Yes, they were invented in Germany in the 1930s in anticipation of military use and only by chance, and much later, did America produce jerrycans before the end of the war. They have been produced all over the world ever since.
So hooray for the German jerrycan inventor and the Balcombe Road beech tree for accelerating the demise of the "Flimsies".
I last saw "Flimsies" in the back of a Chinese restaurant; they were being used as food containers!
Added by Arthur Shopland on 09 March 2013
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